Buenos Aires offers a number of walking tour options. These include the typical tours that can be found in any city, as well as interesting options such as free guided tours, downloadable MP3 tours and even guided running tours.
The most popular sport in Argentina is fútbol (football). If you come to Argentina, you should not miss the opportunity to see a professional match live. Argentina’s fans are very passionate.
There are five teams, called “Los 5 grandes”, which represent the elite of Argentine football:
- Boca Juniors – famous stadium “La Bombonera”, where Diego Maradona played.
- River Plate – “El monumental de Nuñez” stadium, where Argentina won the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
- Racing Club – The first Argentine team to win the World Club Championship.
- Independiente – has won the most Copa Libertadores
- San Lorenzo
- Rosario Central – Stadium: “El gigante de Arroyito” (The giant of Arroyito)
- Velez Sarfield (European Champion of the South American Cup in Tokyo 1994)
- Estudiantes de La Plata – World Champions 68, American Champions 1968 – 1969 – 1970 -2009. Club where Juan Sebastián Verón played.
- Newell’s Old Boys – team in which Gabriel Batistuta played
- Colón De Santa Fe – the team with the largest fan base on the Argentine coast
Rugby and basketball (basquet) are also popular.
Argentine polo is famous throughout the world, and the country is now home to all the top-ranked players. First introduced by British settlers in the 1870s, skilled gauchos took up the sport and the passion spread like wildfire. The Argentine Polo Open, usually held in early December each year, is a must-attend event for polo enthusiasts around the world. The sport’s governing body is the Asociacion Argentina de polo, and its website lists all the official tournaments that take place each year. Argentina is also known for the many polo clinics held in clubs and farms around Buenos Aires.
Tennis has grown in popularity over the last three decades thanks to the constant production of top players in Argentina.
Hockey has also become a popular sport, especially among women. The national women’s hockey team, Las Leonas (the Lionesses), has grown in recent years to become a team that competes with the best in the world.
Car racing is also popular: the main championships are Turismo Carretera (Ford versus Chevrolet), TC2000 (touring cars) and TopRace. The most important racing circuit in Argentina is the “Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez” in Buenos Aires.
Golf in Argentina is an increasingly popular sport, thanks in part to the success of Argentine players such as Angel Cabrera, Andres Romero and Eduardo Romero. There are currently around 280 golf courses in the country, most of them in the Buenos Aires area, including such well-known names as the Jockey Club, Olivos and Hurlingham. On the Atlantic coast, in Mar del Plata, some courses have hosted international events. In Patagonia, there are excellent resort courses such as Llao Lloa, Arelauquen and Chapelco (designed by Nicklaus), as well as the 9-hole course in Ushaia.