Polo: Official 2022 Spring Season

The Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced the complete Schedule of tournaments in the Official 2022 Spring Polo Season. The program includes the most important Polo tournaments worldwide, which make up the prestigious Triple Crown of Polo: Tortugas Country Club OpenHurlingham Club Open - the oldest Polo tournament in the world; and the world-class Argentine Open Championship, played every year at the Cathedral of Polo in Palermo.

The most important championships in the 2022 AAP Spring Polo Season are:

September 3 - 10
Duke of Edinburgh and Coronel Francisco Reyes Carrere Cups
Organized by: San Jorge Club and AAP (Pilar) 

September 13 - 24
Organized by Buenos Aires Jockey Club. San Isidro (Province of Buenos Aires)

September 27 - October 8
Emilio de Anchorena Cup
Organized by Tortugas Country Club. Tortuguitas (Province of Buenos Aires)

October 11 - 29
The Ayrshire Cup
Organized by Hurlingham Club. Hurlingham (Province of Buenos Aires)

October 15 - 25
Organized by Argentine Polo Association

November 1 - December 2
Organized by Argentine Polo Association
Palermo Polo Field

November 3 - 28
Organized by Argentine Polo Association
24 goal teams and over.

Schedule subject to modifications. Please check periodically on this post online for updates on exact dates and additional matches.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending one of these world class events. Contact me through this Contact Form or by email to: sandra@batravelguide.com to inquire about the VIP Hospitality Services or our Exclusive Polo Experience including transfers and specialized guide; if you need help getting tickets; or to arrange for private transportation to the clubs.

Argentina entry requirements for international tourists - Update

Through Administrative Decision 951/2021 issued on April 6th, 2022, the Argentine government has announced the lifting of all restrictions, including the requirement of proof of vaccination or PCR test for entry into the national territory of all non-resident foreigners from any country, subject to compliance with current immigration requirements and the requirements listed below:

* All travelers must fill out a sworn declaration (affidavit) stating their vaccination scheme and absence of Covid-19 symptoms within 48 hours prior to the start of their trip, through this link:

* Foreign, non resident tourists must travel with health insurance with Covid-19 coverage, including hospitalization, isolation, and sanitary transfers in case of positive result or close contact.

Additional notes:
**Those people, whether residents or foreigners, who enter the national territory by land and for a period of less than 24 hours will be exempt from what was previously requested.
**It is recommended that those people who are not vaccinated, or have an incomplete vaccination scheme, carry out a diagnostic test for COVID-19 within 24 hours after entering the country.
**If a positive or suspected case of COVID 19 is detected or reported at the point of entry into the country, the Contingency Plan for that Point of Entry will be activated.
**Children under 6 years of age are exempted of  PCR tests in all cases.
**Prior to the start of the trip to the Argentine Republic, the operators of means of transport - air, river and maritime - of international passengers must - without exception - verify that the passenger has completed, within the FORTY-EIGHT (48) hours prior to the start of the trip, the affidavit approved by the the NATIONAL DIRECTION OF MIGRATION, about their vaccination status and absence of symptoms of COVID-19.
**Transport operators are empowered to deny boarding to those who do not meet these requirements.
**The cost of the tests of reference will be in charge of the person who enters the country.
**The vaccines accepted to enter Argentina are any vaccines accepted at the country of origin.
**Use of masks is no longer mandatory on public transport, businesses and work environments in the city of Buenos Aires, but it still is in the rest of the country.

Note that all these measures will remain in place as long as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country keep decreasing or there is not a sudden surge in infection rates, so please make sure to be updated on all the current travel regulations.

Updated June 16th, 2022

The Night of Tourism 2022

The first edition of The Night of Tourism (La Noche del Turismo) will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 12 am, at different spots around the city of Buenos Aires, with free activities and tourist circuits with historical, cultural and social themes. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy discounts and promotions at restaurants and bars of the traditional Buenos Aires rooftops, and free access to museums, temples, cultural centers, live shows and guided tours.

The Tourist Bus will be available for free - with prior registration-, and during that night the City subway will be free for all. 

Some Embassies and emblematic hotels will open their doors offering visits inside their premises for a reduced number of people. This activity is only available with previous registration through this link (registration starts on May 13th, 12 am).

The Cultural/Historic Circuits of the Night of Tourism are free and open for all, and don't require previous registration. The circuits are: 

“Argentine Women” Circuit 
*Neighborhood: Puerto Madero. 
*Start time: 6:45 pm and 7:00 pm 
*Duration: 60 minutes (per function). 
*Meeting point: Monument to Juana Azurduy (in front of the CCK). 
*Finish: Silos (Plazoleta Reina de Holanda). 
Since 1995, it has been decided that the streets of Puerto Madero neighborhood would bear the names of women who, in one way or another, had a great influence in our history. With this tour we decided to honor them. Through different representations, we will be able to approach different historical moments in our country, this time highlighting the roles of women in Argentine history. The circuit ends at the Anne Frank monument, near the famous silos of Puerto Madero, where the musical show by Abril Olivera, a rhythm & blues singer, will take place. 

“Casco Histórico” Circuit 
*Neighborhood: Monserrat. 
*Time: 7:00 pm and 8:10 pm 
*Duration: 50 minutes (per function). 
*Meeting point: Monument to Juan de Garay (next to Casa Rosada) 
*Finish: Avenida de Mayo and Peru. 
This circuit seeks to revive the history of the first square of the city (current Plaza de Mayo), recreating the customs and ideals of the characters who passed through it in the most relevant moments of our country's past. Neighbors and tourists will participate in this tour guided by a group of actors. They will witness the second foundation of Buenos Aires together with Juan de Garay and they will know different moments of the city in the times of the viceroys. In addition, they will discover the life of the colony with its typical characters, witness the dispute between Creoles and Spaniards, and learn about the ideas of the group of patriots who carried out the May Revolution. Residents and tourists are then invited to enjoy a walk along Corrientes Street where they can obtain discounts on gastronomy and cultural activities. The tour ends at the Vatican Square (next to the Colón Theater) with a cumbia show by the youth band "Migrantes". 

"Tango Culture" Circuit 
*Neighborhood: Villa Crespo. 
*Time: 7:00 pm 
*Duration: 90 minutes 
*Meeting point: Gurruchaga 1040 (Plaza Gurruchaga). 
*Finish: Monument to Osvaldo Pugliese. 
The “Cultura Tanguera” circuit begins at Plaza Gurruchaga. There you can see the mural to Paquita Bernardo as the first tango attraction, continuing towards the corner of Gurruchaga and Castillo where the Santa Clara de Asís Parish is located. Advancing along Gurruchaga Street towards Corrientes Avenue, it will be the turn of the spot where Café Izmir was located, to continue the tour through Corrientes where Café San Bernardo is located. Then, crossing the street, you will find Salvador Benedit's house near the Subway Line B station. The tour ends at the Monument to Osvaldo Pugliese, at Luis Maria Drago 438, where a master class and a tango show will take place, in addition to a talk and exhibition by a tango couple. 

“Embassies” Circuit 
*Neighborhood: Palermo Chico. 
*Time: 7:00 pm 
*Duration: 90 minutes 
*Meeting point: Mariscal Ramón Castilla & Rufino de Elizalde (Plaza Grand Bourg) 
*Finish: Floralis Generica (United Nations Square). 
From the meeting point we will advance along Calle Rufino de Elizalde, visiting the Embassy of Belgium, continuing along the same street to Ortiz de Ocampo where half a block away we will find the second embassy corresponding to Greece; we will walk along Ortiz de Ocampo Street until we reach Figueroa Alcorta Street, where we will find the Round House of Mario Palanti, the Embassy of Haiti, the Embassy of Iran, followed by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and the Embassy of Poland on Alejandro María de Aguado street. We’ll take Mariscal Ramón Castilla Street again, to meet the Embassy of Spain and return to Figueroa Alcorta Street to see the Embassy of Chile, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of Canada and culminate our tour at the Floralis monument, where at 10:30 pm there will be a show by Fabro, a renowned artist from the current trap scene. 

For more information on all the circuits, interactive maps with all the gastronomic offers, and registration for the free passes for the Tourist Bus and other activities, visit La Noche del Turismo official website.

2022 Buenos Aires City Tango Dance Championship

The 2022 Buenos Aires City Tango Dance Championship will be held at different "milongas" and cultural centers across the city from Thursday, May 12th through Sunday, May 22nd of  2022.

The competition is on the look out for new winning couples in the categories Tango de Pista, "Milongueros" of the World, Milonga and Waltz, who will qualify to participate in the World Tango Dance Championship that will take place in Buenos Aires in August 2022.

Schedule and venues:

Qualifying rounds:
Thursday 12, 6:00 pm: Club Atlético Huracán - Av. Caseros 3159 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Milongueros del Mundo, Vals & Milonga. Free entrance with previous reservation.
Friday 13, 9:00 pm: La Baldosa - Cnel. Ramon L. Falcón 2750 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Vals & Milonga.
Saturday 14, 4:00 pm: La Friulana Tango - Navarro 3974 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Milongueros del Mundo & Milonga.
Sunday 15, 7:00 pm:  El Milongon - El Marabú - Maipú 365 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Milongueros del Mundo & Milonga.
Monday 16, 9:00 pm: El Motivo Tango - Av. Córdoba 5064 - Tango de Pista Adulto/Senior, Vals & Milonga.
Tuesday 17, 6:00 pm: Espacio Cultural Julian Centeya - Av. San Juan 3255 - Tango de Pista Adulto/Senior, Milongueros del Mundo, Vals & Milonga. Free entrance with previous reservation.
Thursday 19, 8:00 pm: Milonga en lo de Balmaceda - Adolfo Alsina 1465 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Milongueros del Mundo & Milonga.
Friday 20, 5:30 pm: La Viruta - Armenia 1331 - Tango de Pista Adult/Senior, Vals & Milonga.

Semifinals at Usina del Arte:
Saturday 21, 4:00 pm: All categories. Free entrance with previous reservation.

Finals at Usina del Arte:
Sunday, May 22: Grand Finale, from 6:00 PM. Free entrance with previous reservation.

All the events at Usina del Arte, Espacio Cultural Centeya and C.A. Huracán are free and require previous registration. 
The cost of admittance to the Milongas depends on the entry the price set by each venue.
Free tickets for the Semifinals and Finals at Usina el Arte (Agustín Caffarena 1, La Boca) will have to be reserved online in advance through the Championship's website.

Usina del Arte