Buenos Aires is the world's football capital, with enough teams to visit every weekend for over a year! The passion is in the capital is an incredible 10/10 experience.
However the rest of Argentina is just as madd and they turn it up to 11!Why pick only one when you can have them all?
Groundhop Buenos Aires, get a fully immersed weekend of football, and then travel to see the hidden gems of Córdoba/Rosario/Santa Fe/Mendoza and beyond. A perfectly balanced combination of the famous Buenos Aires Grandes Boca & River, while also discovering something new in the Interior.
Football is Argentina, Argentina is Passion.
Your bilingual local experts will organise everything including the all important matchday tickets to various stadiums, bed and breakfast, and internal transport.
Ready for an adventure?
Hop aboard the Pibe Wagon and get a full weekend in Buenos Aires: City of Football. Discover the 5 Grandes River Plate, Boca Juniors , Racing, Independiente and San Lorenzo.
Later on travel to Argentina's interior, as we savour the fandom beyond the bright lights of Buenos Aires with provincial giants like Rosario Central, Newell's Old Boys; Colón I Unión de Santa Fe; Talleres, Belgrano & Instituto de Córdoba; Menodza's Godoy Cruz or Independiente Rivadavia; or Atlético Tucumán - there are so many options!
You probably know Argentinian football can be a bit chaotic (that’s why we love it!), so the final plan will be defined a couple of weeks in advance but it will look something like the following:
Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires on Thursday - relax, eat some porteño pizza, or catch a lower division game.
Day 2: Before the weekend starts, attend a Huracán, Argentinos Juniors or Vélez Sarsfield game.
Day 3: Saturday and a chance to see one of Argentins'a "Big 5". Go to a Racing, San Lorenzo or Independiente game and taste the passion on offer at Buenos Aires most famous teams. Have lunch at a Parrilla and have a proper Argentine asado barbecue.
Day 4: River or Boca games - the main dish. Have a blast at a street party hours before entering La Bombonera, or attend to the largest stadium in South America to watch River play home at El Monumental
Days 5-7: Possible extra - travel to a midweek game based on confirmed fixtures: Junín, Pergamino, Zárate, Campana, or even to other provinces. If not, there’ll always be games in Buenos Aires.
Enjoy a Maradona football city tour or group activity with the rest of the travellers organised by the Pibe.
Day 8-11: Coach to Rosario or Córdoba, staying for 3 nights - Attend a Newell’s or Central game in Rosario, or Belgrano, Talleres, Instituto in Córdoba.
Daytrip to nearby Santa Fe, Rafaela or Paraná to see Unión/Colón/Atlético/Patronato or watch further clubs in Córdoba.
Return to Buenos Aires
Day 12: Ready to catch your flight and return home.
- 11 nights Bed & Breakfast
- Bilingual local expert for the duration of the trip
- 4 matchdays
- Bilingual guides (English & Spanish)
- Visiting at least 1 city beyond Buenos Aires
- At least 3 Primera/top flight games*
- Internal transport
- Airport transfers
1 internal return flight or 1 return coach trip
- Private Bus transport - based on finalised fixtures
- Public transport where needed
- 1 non-matchday Group activity
- Pibe Souvenir
This trip needs a minimum of 6 travellers to go ahead. The deposit will be refunded if the trip is cancelled. (Or it can be valid for the next edition).
It’s important to know that the plan is subject to change - fixtures are announced very late in Argentina and many other factors can also affect scheduling - the priority of Pibe de Barrio will be to make sure the group attends at least 3 Primera games in at least 2 cities.
As such, we can’t confirm in advance which teams we will see, nor internal travel dates.
If we face unexpected cancellations, internal travel issues, any games missed will be replaced by games of an equal value - that may include games in Buenos Aires as big games in other cities are limited.
A 25% deposit should be made to reserve your place, the remaining 75% shall be paid 1 month before the travel dates - via online payment or bank transfer.
Once the full amount is paid, no refunds can be processed. In exceptional circumstances a partial refund may apply at Pibe de Barrio’s discretion.
A surcharge will apply for travellers requiring a single room in the accommodations.
Argentinian stadiums and their surroundings are oftentimes not very accessible and therefore unfortunately this may exclude travellers with limited mobility - through no fault of Pibe de Barrio.
Similarly we cannot accept children on the trips.
What languages will be spoken?
All of our guides are fluent in English and Spanish. Official match info and communications such as WhatsApp groups will be in English.
What clubs will we visit? What games will we watch?
Given that fixtures will be out only a couple of weeks before the games are played, we cannot know for certain what clubs we will visit during our trip. However, we know for certain that at least one game per weekend is played in Rosario (Newell’s or Rosario Central playing home) and in Córdoba (Belgrano, Talleres, Instituto playing home). Pibe de Barrio will plan the trip based on our experience and knowledge of the Argentinian football scene for our guests to have the best experience and catch the most exciting games during their stay.
From what leagues are the matches?
We will attend at least 3 First Division (Copa de la Liga Profesional) games. If there are attractive 2nd division games (such as derbies and play-offs), Pibe de Barrio will consider the possibility of including these in the itinerary. We might also catch Copa Argentina games, the only tournament where away fans are allowed. Copa Libertadores or Sudamericana games might incurr in an extra charge.
Will we attend Boca and River games?
The priority of this trip is to visit either Boca or River playing home. If fixtures allow it, we will try attending both games (a surcharge may apply). We will also try to attend to "big games" in which Boca and River play away, supporting the home team.
When will the fixtures be out?
Fixtures are released only a couple of weeks before the games are played. We cannot know with certainty the exact dates and times of games. As soon as this information is published, Pibe de Barrio will reach out to you.
What is the pre-game experience?
Football in Argentina is much more than going to see a match. The pre-game is a vital and necessary item of the whole matchday experience. Fans will usually gather 4 to 5 hours before the kick-off and enjoy a choripán in a street-made asado, a couple of beers or fernet with friends and family, typically listening to cumbia and cheering for their team. Matchdays are celebration days.
Will I share a hotel room?
Hotel rooms are booked on a 2-people basis. If you want a single room let us know, a surcharge will apply. If you are a group of 3 you can choose whether to sleep together in the same room (a small discount will apply) or have the extra person share a room with someone else.
Who will the expert coordinators be? Why are they needed?
Trip coordinators will be Pibe de Barrio co-founders, Juan and Killian. They have been running Pibe de Barrio for over 5 years and visited countless stadiums in Argentina. They will be in charge of the trip’s logistics and itinerary, sorting out the tickets, organising the best pre-game experiences and giving you all the local tips and advices for the trip to be unforgettable.
Is it safe?
Your coordinator guides will explain thoroughly the do's and do not's in Argentina and in matchday situations. We will stick together as a group and your coordinator guides are locals who speak the language and have vast experience on football travel. They will guide you and will let you know when to take care of your belongings to avoid pick-pockets and unwanted situations, having always safety as a number one priority when making decisions.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel, your deposit can be used in the next version of the trip. Once the full amount is paid, refunds are no longer possible.