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Polo—the sport chosen by tourists in Argentina

Posted by JULIETA on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02 @ 11:00 AM in Sports    

The payers’ skills, the hits to the ball, the horses’ gallop, and the elegance of its environment make up a postcard that no one has wanted to miss in the last seasons, when traveling to Buenos Aires. 

For several years, the positioning of Argentine polo in the world has generated a significant flow of tourists, who visit the country to connect with the essence of this sport through tournaments, the quality of its horses and the best players in the world.
Polo was taken with enthusiasm by Argentinians from its origins at the end of the 19th century. Its popularity began to grow and the game developed to become more “creole”. So an attempt to find the best horse began by crossbreeding the native Argentine horse, known for its resistance, with the English purebred, known to be fast and stylish.

While in other countries, this sport is only for an elite group, in Argentina its scope is getting more and more popular. The main games may be attended by 30,000 people and they are broadcast live by several television networks. Today, Argentina holds the most important interclub contest in the world, from September to December, which features: Hurlingham and Tortugas Open Tournaments, and the historic Argentine Open Polo Tournament, which takes place in Palermo. Tickets can be taken at the offices of Tangol or on the website

Rules of the Game
A polo game is played outdoors in a field of 275 meters long by 160 meters wide.
The game is divided into periods of seven minutes, called chukkers. Each chukker represents how much effort the horse can resist. The games can consist of four, five, and six chukkers depending on the total level of a team or tournament in handicaps.
A player’s handicap is measured between -2 and 10, being 10 the best position.
   Each team has four players with numbers 1 and 2 as attacking offensive positions, number 3 in the middle of the field and number 4 as a defensive position.
  Two mounted umpires oversee the game together with the match referee (third man), who is located on the sidelines of the field.

-Mallet: The mallet measures about 1.30 meters, it is flexible and made of bamboo and wood. It must be held in the right hand only. 
-Ball: The ball must weigh between 120 and 130 grams. It can be made of wood or plastic. 
-Helmet: The helmet has a rigid case outside and padding inside to protect the rider’s head.
-Riding Boots: The boots are made of leather and have a small heel to provide the rider with the necessary grip.
-Kneepads: The kneepads are used to protect the rider’s legs.
-Gloves: The gloves are made of leather and they are used to protect and provide a better grip.
-Elbow Pads: The elbow pads are designed to protect against falls and hits during the game.
-Whip: The whip is flexible and light, and it is used to steer and control the horse. 
-Stirrups: The stirrups are fixed to the saddle and allow the rider to place his feet, providing him safety and stability.
-Safety Glasses: The safety glasses offer protection against falls and mallet hits.
-Bridle: The bridles are straps that control the horse.
-Pelham Bit: The Pleham bit is the part of the bridle that goes into the animal’s mouth and is used to steer the horse.
-Reins: Double reins are used to control the horse.
-Martingale: The martingale serves to keep the horse’s head in the right position.

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Source: Revista Buenos Aires Day&Night

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Posted by JULIETA on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02 @ 10:31 AM in Destinations    

Located 1600 kilometers from Buenos Aires, you can find one of the provinces with more contrasting landscapes, an exotic culture, and an attractive architecture inherited from its history.

Salta is synonymous with music, poets and museums; its capital is the starting point of a journey in which the Cathedral and the Town Hall are the pearls that surround the main square—9 de Julio. The archaeological museum Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña is another featured spot with its amazing archaeological findings—the Children of Llullaillaco.

The cable car, located in Parque San Martin, connects us with the top of Mount San Bernardo in a few minutes, leaving behind the hectic streets of the city center. From there, you can see the big domes of San Francisco and De La Merced Churches, as well as the 20 de Febrero Memorial to the Battle of Salta. 

Salta has the perfect weather to do all sort of activities; it is mild and dry for most time of the year, except in summer, when it is more prone to rain. Since it is located in Lerma Valley, Salta offers an average annual temperature of 16 degrees Centigrade. Choose the best option for your trip to Salta with Tangol. 

Cultural Events

Salta is decked out in colors and offers a complete agenda of cultural events all year round. In summer, the party can be enjoyed to the fullest with the folk festivals that take place every weekend: National Trout Festival in La Poma, Calchaqui Tradition Festival in Cachi, Grape and Foot-pressed Wine Festival in Angastaco, Grape Harvest Festival in Animaná, Serenade to Cafayate, Chicha (corn-based beverage) Festival in La Caldera, Poncho Festival in Molinos, and Artisan Festival in San Carlos, among others.

The showy carnival floats, accompanied by their traditional troupes, decorate the main avenues with their glitter and colorful costumes. Another event you can’t miss is the Provincial Convention of Witches in Rosario de Lerma, known for its typical dances and the burning of Puyai (Devil). Watching the Holy Week celebrations is interesting, due to their strong popular and catholic characteristics. In June and September, the parade of more than 3000 gauchos is also a must; while in August, you can’t miss the ceremony honoring Pachamama—Mother Earth—, an ancient native tradition that is still celebrated today and passed from generation to generation as an ancestral ritual.

Train to the Clouds

No travel diary can miss this journey. The circuit was designed by the American engineer Ricardo Fontaine Maury. From above, you can see the best landscapes and the culture of its people. It goes up to 4200 meters, through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels and 13 viaducts. The trip covers 434 kilometers of valley and puna. 

This extraordinary adventure can be accompanied with a trip along Route 40 by bus or pickup truck up to the salt flats of Salinas Grandes, on the border of Salta-Jujuy, going down along the Lipan Slope to watch the flight of condors, and reaching the picturesque Purmamarca village on the foot of the famous Hill of Seven Colors. 

Calchaqui Valleys

The journey back to the valleys is a must for those who enjoy the pre-Inca and colonial history. Behind the amazing rock formations of the ravines and multicolor hills, there are settlements with houses made of adobe and straw, which take travelers back in time. This circuit can be started through National Route 68 towards Cafayate or through Provincial Route 33 towards Cachi.

A Tour to Cafayate

Regular tours visit the villages of Cerrillos, La Merced—called the Capital of Flowers—, the ravine of Las Conchas River—a trail with strange rock formations—; with a last stop at wineries and vineyards that date back to 1850. The characteristics of this region are very favorable for a high-quality wine production. In Cafayate there are 1200 hectares of vine, which benefit from the most pure and dry air, sunlight and heat for almost 300 days a year, and a wide temperature range.

A Trip to Cachi

A trip that leads to the village located on the foot of Mount Nevado de Cachi, where time has kept its identity intact. One of Argentina’s former presidents, Victorino de la Plaza, was born in this village, which also features old houses, San Jose Obrero Church, and the Museo Arqueológico Pío Pablo Díaz. Before getting to their final destination, visitors can get a view of Escoipe Ravine and travel along the winding Cuesta del Obispo, going past Los Cardones National Park and Payogasta.

If you want to book tours, trips, and accommodation for Salta with Tangol, you can find the best prices and services at For more information, call (05411) 4363-6000 or email

Source: Revista Buenos Aires Day&Night

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