Combine the horsey inclinations of Argentina's landed elite with the country's general sporting prowess, and what do you get? All 12 of the world's best polo players. The game may be as posh as it gets, but most local sports fans take begrudging pride in the stunning athletic showmanship displayed by polistas like 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso or Ralph Lauren pinup Nacho Figueras.
Campo Argentino de Polo. Major polo tournaments take place at the Campo Argentino de Polo, run by the Asociación Argentina de Polo (Argentine Polo Association). Admission to autumn (March to May) and spring (September to December) matches is free. The much-heralded Campeonato Argentino Abierto (Argentine Open Championship) takes place in November; admission to the whole championship starts at about 500 pesos. You can buy tickets online in advance or at the polo field on the day of the event. Av. del Libertador 4300, at Dorrego, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, C1426BWN. 11/4777–6444. www.aapolo.com.
As well as polo players and polo ponies, Argentina also breeds swift racehorses, prized throughout the world.