Argentine Open, 4 Nov-2 Dec, Buenos Aires, Argentina
JET off to sunny Buenos Aires, considered the Mecca of polo, for the Argentine Open. Billed as the greatest polo tournament on the planet, the three-week bonanza culminates in a hotly contested final in the great stadium at Palermo, known as “the cathedral of polo”.
“Tribuna C” is the stand where everyone wants to be, the coolest seat in the house, but you’ll save cash by opting instead for the cheaper wooden “Dorrego” stands on the opposite side of the field. The vibe here is boisterous and the outfits casual, so dress in jeans and a T-shirt to look the part. The celebrations continue in the many bars beneath the stadium and at glittering parties across the capital.
Adolfo Cambiaso remains the man to beat. The 10-goal player’s team, reigning champions La Dolfina, are favourites for the final alongside great rivals Ellerstina. Watch out for Cambiaso’s cloned polo ponies in action on the big day. Not to be missed: BA’s version of the Cornish pasty, called an empanada. the Nitty-gritty: expect to pay £40 for a mid-range Dorrego ticket. aapolo.com