Introduction to Polo

Buenos Aires Argentina: (IT-ARSRBA2)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/argentina_introduction_to_polo.aspx

Introduction
Buenos Aires Argentina
Located in the middle of the Argentine countryside, but only 100 km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires, is an oasis of calm. It was created by its owners, who, together with their staff, take excellent care of the facilities and their guests. The estancia is a colonial-style ranch with six spacious, comfortable and welcoming en-suite rooms that invite our guests to relax.
The great hospitality of the owners, their passion for detail and quality service are hallmarks of the estancia, an ideal place for honeymooners or for those who just want to spend some time far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Waking up to the birds singing, savoring a delicious breakfast on a terrace with spectacular views of the countryside, joining tailor-made organized activities such as the romantic tours on horseback, participating in fun activities such as our polo classes, taking part in a Gaucho-style barbecue, and enjoying a relaxing nap in the shadow of the trees, indulging in a romantic candle-light dinner and going to sleep accompanied by the silence of the vast Argentine countryside...are but a few of the beautiful moments that make a stay here a very special experience. And if you are looking for some action, you will surely find it in a high-speed polo game.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a stationary ride where nights are all spent at the estancia.

Description
We have 6 comfortable Suites:
- Two Grand Suites: The Grand Patron’s Suite & The Pampa Suite.
- Two Superior Suites: The Old Room & La Polo Suite.
- Two Standard Suites: The Flower Suite & The Birds Suite.
Each suite is decorated in colonial style and features private facilities (shower & bathtub decorated with hand crafted tiles of traditional design) and fine Egyptian cotton sheets.

The estancia has an outdoor pool located next to the polo fields, with open views of the Pampa. A bar service is offered throughout the day.
The view and the silence of the countryside, the whisper of the leaves, the sound of the cicadas, the neighing and galloping of the horses, the singing of the birds...a perfect place to relax and enjoy, get a massage, take a ride on a bike or read a book under a tree. 


Grand Suites
For those guests who are looking for our best room, we proudly recommend booking one of our Grand Suites. Both rooms are located in independent houses a few meters away from the main house.
These rooms have beautiful wooden floors with comfortable king size beds, a desk and a safe.
One of the suite consists of two rooms, a large one with a king-size bed and a smaller one with a double bed, plus a large bathroom with shower and bath.


Superior Suites
The Superior Suites are spacious rooms with king size beds, a safe and private access to one of the terraces. One of the suites is located in the main house while the other is located in a small house nearby.


Standard Suites
Both Standard Suites are located in the main house. 

Room Occupancy
If you need a Twin room please book the Superior or Grand Suite category. Families with small children are advised to reserve the Superior or Grand Suite category rooms, as extra beds cannot comfortably be added to Standard Suites. You can request a cot (up to two years old) or an additional bed for up to two children to share the Superior or Grand Suite rooms.
Ideal for a family is to reserve Grand Patrons Suite (Grand Suite) and The Polo Suite (Superior Suite) together, since these are connected by a small living room with TV and library. Another option for a family with children is to reserve the Old Room (Superior Suite) and a Standard room, both together in the main house separated by living and dining room. 



Meals
All meals are included in the package.

We love good food and that is why we create our dishes with great dedication and go out of our way to provide the best home-made regional cuisine to our guests. Marcos is a passionate and authentic “chef” who takes pleasure in personally supervising the meat cutting and everything that happens in the kitchen. His irresistible beefsteaks have inspired many guests to describe them as: “The best I´ve ever had!”. To ensure our guests have a perfect culinary experience we offer homemade bread and jam in the morning, and Argentine beef, empanadas combined with a selection of vegetables, very often right out of our organic garden. At tea time Silke sometimes surprises her guests with delicious German family recipes.

Special Diets
Should you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know, when making your reservation.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Polo Horses
The estancia started its own breeding program for polo horses in 1992. To date there are 19 mares and stallions recognized by the ACCP (Association of Horse Breeders of Polo).
Embryos are also made with combinations of the best blood of the Argentine Polo.
The dressage begins at two and a half years, and at three years Marcos begins to make polo through a training that lasts two seasons at least. Once this period is over, the horses are ready to take part in games.

Itinerary


Horses are an essential part of Argentine culture and at the estancia horses are at the center of our activities. We offer rides on horseback and in coaches, riding and polo classes, horse tours to discover the Argentine Pampa or gaucho traditions such as the typical barbecue out in the countryside.

We have special offers for guests who want to practice polo, learn how to play or just find out more about a sport that is part of the Argentine culture. We offer lessons with a AAP Certified Polo Instructor for guests who want to learn how to ride, stick & ball practice at hitting the ball and practice games according to each guest´s abilities.  Adults and even children from the age of six years old can participate!



Polo
The estancia offers polo practice and theory lessons for those who want to learn how to play or improve their game. In order to practice and improve the different strokes we also use the wooden horse. The instructor is a professional player with a wealth of experience in national and international polo teaching and playing. He is also a referee and co-founder of the Argentina Association of referees.
We have horses and teams for all age groups and levels and we offer tailor-made polo programs for beginners and advanced players. These programmes are:
- Riding & Polo for beginners: a polo lesson and/ or a riding lesson.
- Intensive Beginners: Polo training twice a day with polo lessons in the morning and play chukker(s) in the afternoon
- Intensive Advanced: Polo training twice a day with lessons/ stick & ball in the morning and play 4 chukkers in the afternoon
- Intensive Premium: for experienced players with 4 to 6 chukker matches at the estancia or other selected clubs of the area, 6 to 18 goals matches.
During the polo season, we participates in several official polo tournaments organized by the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) or private tournaments in the area. For advanced players we offer the opportunity to represent the estancia in one of the these tournaments.



Other Activities
Guests who do not feel all that comfortable on a horse and prefer to observe them from a distance should take the opportunity to enjoy the views, some delicious food, absolute peace and watching a polo game or a Gaucho working with the horses.

Cooking Classes
We love good food and we appreciate the Argentine kitchen with its Asados (=barbecue), empanadas and steaks. We also love sharing our passion and expertise with our guests. At the estancia our guests can learn to properly fold an empanada and prepare its filling. Learn how to prepare a barbecue, what kind of wood to use and learn of the different meat cuts and how to roast them. We teach you how to prepare the Mate tea or we are also happy to organize a wine tasting for you.

Bird Watching
It’s actually been our guests - bird lovers - who have taught us the variety and quantity of birds to be observed at our estancia.  The preservation of pure nature attracts numerous species. Early mornings seem a concert. We have a Suite on the second floor, surrounded by the birds singing in the morning, which actually therefore is called The Birds' Suite.
The owl couple lives next to the Polo field and during the summers the Colibri or Hummingbird is around the flowers. The impressive and massive houses of the hornero bird can be observed in trees and fence posts.


Rates and Dates for Introduction to Polo

Rates include:

Accomodation, Daily horse riding (1-2 hours trail ride, lesson, or carriage ride), Full Board, Coffee, High Tea & Mineral water during meals
Chaps and helmets are provided by the estancia.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20223 day AP in Standard Suite, 2 riding days with 1 Polo lesson$595
    • Single supplement$270
      Daily rate, dbl, pp (Standard Suite)$300
      Daily rate, single (Standard Suite)$430
  • B
    20223 day AP in Superior Suite, 2 riding days with 1 Polo lesson$680
    • Single supplement$360
      Daily rate, dbl, pp (Superior Suite)$340
      Daily rate, single (Superior Suite)$520
  • C
    20223 day AP in Grand Suite, 2 riding days with 1 Polo lesson$775
    • Single supplement$465
      Daily rate, dbl, pp (Grand Suite)$390
      Daily rate, single (Grand Suite)$620

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2022 Transfer from Buenos Aires, per car, each way, (1-3 pax) ~
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
$120
2022 Holiday supplement (Dec. 24th or Dec. 31st), per person, per night $100
2022 Holiday supplement (Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st), per person, per night $50
2022 Children 2 yrs. old and below -- FREE $0
2022 Children 3 - 9 yrs. old -- 25% OFF $0
2022 Massages & Beauty treatments -- please inquire $0

Season Seasons  CapacityReserve
A 2022 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day AP in Standard Suite, ... 13 Reserve
B 2022 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day AP in Superior Suite, ... 13 Reserve
C 2022 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day AP in Grand Suite, 2 r... 13 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival any day during the year with minimum of 2 nights.

Rates do not include:

Half-and full-day excursions on horseback with picnic or a “gaucho barbecue” are available at extra charge, Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and drinks, Pool and bar service, Laundry/dry-cleaning service, Massages, Polo lessons and riding lessons, Tennis and golf (at 16km distance of the farm), Sightseeing visits to San Antonio de Areco, Polo shows and exhibition matches & Equine and folkloric shows.

Other Info
Meeting: San Andres de Giles
Airport: Buenos Aires
Transfer: Buenos Aires

Climate:

What To Bring: