Estancia La Sofía is the best place to learn how to play polo, enjoy a nice ride on horseback and of course, relax. Only 100km from Buenos Aires, the Estancia is an oasis of calm in the middle of the Argentinian Pampas. What makes it stand out above the rest, is its warmth and comfort, personalized welcome for each guest and attention to detail in every service offered.
At Estancia La Sofía, you will be welcomed by the owners, Silke (from Germany) and Marcos (from Argentina), two professional and passionate Polo players. They met during a tournament at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (Spain) and in 2002 they decided to launch a project: an Estancia & Club de Polo near San Antonio de Areco, the Capital of Argentinian traditions. Marcos, grand-nephew of the famous writer Ricardo Güiraldes; author of the novel Don Segundo Sombra, is a native of this colonial town.
Since then, La Sofía has become a member of the Argentine Association of Polo and a very active Polo club. La Sofia has two magnificent Polo fields and very well-trained Polo horses who ensure the best players of the region are able to practice their favorite sport. In addition, every year in November, the Polo Cup of Tradition takes place at the Estancia, as part of the Festival of Tradition in San Antonio de Areco.
The Estancia has two majestic Grand Suites, two Superior Suites and two Junior Suites decorated in the colonial style. The rooms are spacious with modern and comfortable beds covered with Egyptian cotton sheets. The roomy bathrooms are decorated with authentic 20th century mosaics. The Grand Suites and Superior Suites each have a king-size bed, desk, safe, fireplace and private access to the outdoor gallery.
Polo is, of course, the main activity at the Estancia, both for beginners and experienced players. However, you can also choose to go for a leisurely walk, take a horseback ride or simply enjoy the superb swimming pool and grounds of this 25 ha paradise. The view from the swimming pool overlooks the Polo field and has a bar that is open all day long.
We offer two packages to visit San Antonio de Areco which includes a stay at the Estancia La Sofia:
1 DAY IN SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO WITH ESTANCIA LA SOFIA
8:30am | Pick-up at your hotel in Buenos Aires.
10am | You will be welcomed in San Antonio de Areco by your local guide, who will take you on a tour to discover the picturesque streets of this historic town, including the church, pulperías (100 years old gaucho bars), the incomparable Draghi silversmith’s workshop and the Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes Museum.
12 noon | Arrive at Estancia La Sofía where you will be welcomed with a delicious asado (traditional Argentinean barbecue), accompanied by drinks and organic vegetables from the estancia’s own garden.
3pm | The afternoon is dedicated to Polo initiation. To start with, there will be a short introductory theory class, followed by a practical class. On the program: atop a wooden horse, Marcos will first teach you the correct movements and postures you’ll need, then he will teach you how to handle the mallet whilst on horseback, on the Polo field. If you are feeling comfortable, you’ll even have the chance to participate in a chukker (Polo match) and become a real polista (Polo player)!
5pm | Leave for Buenos Aires.
Included: Transport to and from Buenos Aires – Local English speaking guide – Visit to the old town, museums and craftsmen – Asado lunch and Polo class (1 hour) at the Estancia – From 8.30am to 7pm.
2 DAYS IN SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO WITH OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE ESTANCIA LA SOFIA
Day 1 | Visit of the historic town of San Antonio de Areco
8:30am | Pick-up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 10am: You will be welcomed, in San Antonio de Areco, by your guide, who will take you on a tour to discover the picturesque streets of the historic center, the church, the pulperías (100 years old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi silversmith’s museum and local craftsmen’s workshops of the town. Then, you will have a well-deserved traditional lunch in one of the best restaurants in town. After lunch, your guide will invite you on a short walk to discover the Old Bridge (emblem of San Antonio de Areco), the Areco River and the famous Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes museum. At 4pm you will head to the Estancia La Sofia. Dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2 | Initiation to Polo at the Estancia La Sofía
After breakfast, you will again be warmly welcomed by your hosts Silke and Marcos, who will begin by presenting the basics of Polo to you. Then you’ll head to the polo driving range, where these two professional polo players will teach you the correct posture and main moves you’ll need to play Polo. This is done on a wooden horse. At midday, you’ll be invited to partake in a delicious asado accompanied by Argentinian wines and salad from the Estancia’s organic garden.
After lunch, you can relax in the swimming pool or under the shade of one of the many trees of the property. This afternoon, Marcos will invite you to start the stick & ball practice class before organizing, if you feel like it, a small practice game of chukker, which is a 7-minute Polo game. You will finish the day with tea and homemade pastries, served in the gallery, overlooking the lovely Polo field. At 5 pm it will be time to head back to Buenos Aires.
Included: Transport to and from Buenos Aires – Local English speaking guide for the whole first day – Visit to the old town, museums and artisan’s workshops – Lunch in a traditional Argentine restaurant – Activities at the Estancia: Polo classes & horseback riding – Dinner, breakfast, lunch & overnight stay at the Estancia. Duration: 2 days.
Please contact us for rates and availability.
Important to note:
– Our programs include the mount and also all the equipment; helmet, mallet and gaiters. Please wear jeans and sneakers, or comfortable shoes (no heels).
– Languages: classes can be given in either Spanish or English.
– Experience: none necessary
– Excursions are for a minimum of two people.
You can also choose to spend the entire day at the Estancia …
… or for a overnight stay.