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5 Days Exciting Polo and Horse Riding Escapade in Zelaya, Argentina

El Retiro Polo Club, Blanco Encalada 1255, Zelaya, Pilar Partido, Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Wonderful Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina

The polo ponies have been playing polo for more than six full seasons, and this means they're so well trained that riding is an easy task even for beginners. With such easy going horses anyone can learn to ride, and more than that, also learn to play polo. Give yourself the opportunity to experience long ride adventures plus a unique polo touch that will encourage you to improve both your riding skills and your eye/ball contact, while following and hitting a bouncing white ball. Riding is superb; but playing polo is sharing the kings' sport!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 120 kilograms / 265 pounds
  • Horse Breed: Polo ponies and Argentine horses called "criollos"
  • Horse Height: 155-160 centimeters
  • Saddle type: English polo saddles

Highlights

  • 2 daily horseback riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 hours
  • Optional polo classes (in the polo season only)
  • Excellent nature and polo environment
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (US$40 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities

You will be accommodated in an double bedroom with a private bathroom in one of the guesthouses. There are a swimming pool and barbecue place next to the guesthouses. El Retiro Polo Club facilities include two boarded polo fields, one stick and ball area, a nice clubhouse with a barbecue place, and stables for more than 50 polo ponies.

Program

While riding in this polo resort, you'll get the feeling of sharing the tradition of a polo family. Marcos Llambias played polo for 42 years, and both his sons are excellent polo players. One is a Pro Polo Player in USA, and the youngest one is an amateur player in Argentina. Two of his four daughters also played polo, but now are too busy bringing up two sons, a daughter and twins. Christina (Marcos' wife) is still a wild rider who enjoys galloping around. Marcos is a retired pediatric surgeon who will never retire from polo.

Daily schedule

Your typical day will start with a delicious breakfast followed by your preparation for a two-hour horseback riding experience in the surroundings. You can choose between going around the Retiro, around the countryside, to the nearest village, etc. You will then come back to the Retiro to enjoy your lunch. After the lunch, you will get ready for the two-hour afternoon ride with the activity of your choice. You will finish your day with a light night meal. At your leisure time, feel free to use the swimming pool. You can also ask for polo classes at no additional cost during your stay in polo season (February 15 to May 30 and September 1 to December 15). Please note that you are expected to attend the program with a personal insurance against equestrian accidents.

Polo

El Retiro Polo Club is a typical polo family who enjoys playing for fun. They receive guests from every corner of the world and teach the polo game according to your level. Matches are organized among professional polo players, local players, and guests for everyone enjoyment.

If you are interested in polo, as usual, the autumn polo season will start on February 15, and depending on the weather conditions, will go on till May 30 or mid-June. Later on, the spring polo season will put all back in the track on September 1 for non-stop polo till December 15.

Horses

This year, the club will have only 16 horses for those who are interested in playing polo, taquear, or riding with the petisos. All the horses are reliable, docile, and experienced.

Location

This holiday is located in the town of Zelaya, Pilar Partido, just 60 kilometers from the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Food

You will be served full board meals during the holiday. At breakfasts, there will be orange juice, coffee or tea, toasts with butter, and some fruits. You will have a healthy salad for lunch along with either delicious Argentinian “empanadas”, pasta, omelets, or various pastries (the menu is different from day to day). Finishing your day, a light meal will be served for your dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your stay, you can go play golf at the nearby club at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Twice daily horseback riding
  • Polo classes (optional)
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily full board meals

What's not included

  • Consumption in nearby towns

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Transfer from and to the airport is not included and will cost 40 USD per trip. Two persons can travel to and from the airport paying only 20 USD per person. Please contact El Retiro Polo in arranging your airport transfers.

Airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport Airport transfer available: Ministro Pistarini International Airport (US$40 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This holiday is available all year round. Please select an arrival date below.

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If you stay more than four nights, the itinerary will include a “criollo barbeque” on one of the days.

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