**PLEASE NOTE, THE FIXTURES FOR 2023 WILL NOT BE ANNOUNCED UNTIL JANUARY, WITH EXACT TTIMES AND DATES USUALLY BEING ANNOUNCED AT THE START OF EACH MONTH**
It's a tough choice, the Monumental, Argentina's biggest stadium, where the World Cup was won? Or the Bombonera, the world's most famous stadium, home of the most famed support on the planet?
With the 2 matchday experience pack, you can have your cake and eat it! You'll get to visit the packed Alberto J Armando, but also the enormous Antonio V Liberti! What's Boca without River and vice versa?
Not only that, but you'll also get the chance to watch another Grande or one of the smaller but just as well-supported teams form Buenos Aires - the full house!
What does it Include? The Boca/River 3 game pack includes one Boca Juniors home league game matchday experience; one River Plate home league game matchday experience; and one matchday experience for the other Buenos Aires clubs: Racing, Independiente, San Lorenzo, Huracán, Argentinos, Vélez, Platense, Lanús, etc...
(special category** games not included / incur a surcharge according to availability)
Matchday Experience Information
Meeting - We'll arrange the most convenient meeting point for each game, to meet the guides and the rest of the group. Your bilingual guides will explain the context of Argentine football, the day’s game and the club's history. More importantly, they’ll let you know exactly what you need to do and be aware of to enjoy the day as a local fan.
The Build-Up - From there, depending on the day, we’ll head to a local bar and mingle with the fans, continuing on through the pre-match party in the streets of La Boca/Núñez. Chants of Dale Bo and Vamos River, practicing the correct wrist-flick for our agite, a beer in one hand and a choripán in the other, the perfect preparation for a day in the Bombonera/Monumental. Your guide will accompany you in reduced groups (6-8 pax) to the correct entrance gate, through the squeeze of security controls and police checkpoints, and finally into the ground.
The Match - Boca - Through the turnstiles and up the stairs - you’ll see first hand the famous saying: La Bombonera no tiembla, late, “The Bombnera doesn’t shake, it beats 💓”. Onto the terrace (Popular) behind the goals with the diehard fans to witness the sea of blue and gold, the confetti and fireworks, the trumpets and drums providing the soundtrack for match-day at this famous old ground. Your guide will keep the group together, and find a good spot among the fans, explaining the songs and describing the stadium’s intricacies.
The Match - River - You’ll take in one of the most impacting scenes in Argentinian football: the first impression of the entrance to the almost 80.000 River soul’s stadium. We expect proper football so we’ll have seats to enjoy the show, but we’ll still want to feel the adrenaline so we’ll make sure to choose the sector where chants are heard. Your guide will keep the group together, explaining the songs and describing the stadium’s intricacies.
The Match - Other
The pandemonium of the Cilindro, with the children playing 5-a-side beside the moat that loops the pitch? Or next door to the Libertadores de América with its "devil's throat pillars in each corner?
The classic, oscar-winning beauty and authenticity of the crowd at the Palacio Ducó? Or the stark surroundings of the pilgrimage from Boedo to the Nuevo Gasómetro, a different view of Buenos Aires?
The Coca Cola can floodlights at the Fortín; the Diego inflatable player's tunnel at the Maradona stadium; or the Remax billboards covered in squid graffito along the General Paz motorway at the Estadio de Vicent López?
The Come-Down - the inevitable adrenaline crash after the ecstasy, streaming out of the exits and back through La Boca towards San Telmo, or toward Avenida Libertador. Some chase the dragon in a local bar, some head to a steakhouse to savour the moment, others straight to bed to dream on…
You’ll head back to San Telmo/ Avenida Cabildo to a secure spot and your guide will assist in pointing you in the right direction to get back home safely.
Each Experience Includes
- Beer/soft drink, and a burger/choripan 🍺🍔
- Match Ticket - Terrace standing section for full immersion 🎟 | Seated in River for a good view over the immense bowl, and in most other grounds 🎟
- Experience Bilingual Guide - to translate, answer your questions and keep everyone safe 😀
This experience does not include transportation to the meeting point.
What you need
- National Photo ID (not a copy/screenshot).
- Very casual clothing and comfortable footwear for walking/standing (dress-down!).
- Coats/jackets for the cold/rain.
- You can bring your phone to take pictures.
- Leave your valuables at home and travel light - no handbags, make-up, power banks, water bottles, lighters, umbrellas… these will be confiscated.
Some cash if you want to buy something extra as credit cards are not often accepted.
- Your psyched-up self, it will be intense!
Important to know
For some clubs, tickets are very hard to come by and are available exclusively to members, sponsors, or can only be found through various levels of re-sale. For others, tickets are available but can only be bought in-person, with local ID/bank cards, or through various other inventive ways of wasting your time. We will make sure to find tickets for you and guarantee their authenticity.
The access to the stadium is filled with different controls and security checks in which police and fans get mixed up, sometimes creating tension. Our expert guides have navigated these sites dozens of times, know the ins and outs, and can anticipate and handle these situations so you don’t have to.
Many football fans in Argentina are not used to seeing tourists and barely speak English. In a way, this is what makes our experience truly authentic, and we will help with Spanish so no language barriers affect your match-day.
Many supporters will appreciate it if you show your support through your clothing, by wearing the club's merchandise like a shirt, beanie, jacket, etc. Dressing with the club colours will be fine, but if you want a jersey make sure to take a look at our store.
Football in Argentina is an amazing subculture. Our expert guide will let you know everything you need about the context of the game, the history of the clubs, the traditional pre-game rituals, the meaning of the songs you will hear, the significance of the flags and symbols, and more.
The chaos and unpredictability in Argentine football are what makes it uniquely beautiful, and uniquely frustrating. The League often decides fixtures at the last moment, and changes can happen late on also. If this is the case, we will let you know in advance for you to make a decision according to your availability.
**Special Category games**
Special category games include derbies/clásicos; visits of Boca/River as the away team; Conmebol competitions, Cup finals, and games of special importance. These are classified by Pibe de Barrio according to higher operating costs and will be communicated in advance.
Remember there are exchange/refund options on our Terms & Conditions page