Rosario Central vs Newell's, the best kept secret in Argentina! Enjoy the Clásico Rosarino, Boca juniors in the Bombonera, and more this 2-12 August 2024.
Buenos Aires is the world's football capital, with enough teams to visit every weekend for over a year. The passion in the capital is an incredible 10/10 experience. However the rest of Argentinian football is just as mad and they turn it up to 11!
Combine both Rosario and Buenos Aires in this trip of a lifetime.
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 alternate weekends in Buenos Aires and Rosario. Discover the mythical Bombonera, Boca Juniors, and another of the the 5 Grandes River Plate, Racing, Independiente and San Lorenzo.
From there, it's tracing north up the Río Paraná to Rosario, a city just as football mad but divided in two.
Rosario Central & Newell's Old Boys face off in the Clásico Rosarino at the newly refurbished Gigante de Arroyito. This derby at the famous old 1978 World Cup ground is something every football fan should see in their life.
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 Friday - relax, eat some porteño pizza, or catch a Huracán, Platense, Lanús or Vélez Sarsfield game.
Day 2: Kick off the weekend, a
chance to see one of Argentina's "Big 5": an Independiente game at the caldera del diablo, the devil's cauldron, the Estadio Libertadores de América.
Taste the passion on offer at Buenos Aires most famous teams. Have lunch at a Parrilla and have a proper Argentine asado barbecue..
Day 3: Boca Juniors game - impossible to leave out. Have a blast at a street party before entering La Bombonera, possibly the world's most famous arena and atmosphere.
Days 4-8: 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.
Or Simply enjoy the many non-football activities in Buenos Aires - live music, art, theatre, the Tigre delta, a day in the countryside gaucho-style, or a bit of tango.
Day 9-10: Coach to Rosario for the cherry on top, the heated rivalry between the Canallas (scoundrels) and the Lepras (lepers), Central vs. Newell's and intensity you can't even fathom. The scenes have to be seen to be believed, it needs to be witnessed!
Day 11: Ready to catch your flight and return home.
- 10 nights Bed & Breakfast
- Bilingual local expert for the duration of the trip
- 4 matchdays
- Match Tickets organised & included
- Bilingual guides (English & Spanish)
- Matchday food and Beer
- 4 Primera/top flight games*
- Internal transport
- Airport transfers
- Internal transport to Rosario
- Public transport where needed within Buenos Aires & Rosario
- 1 non-matchday Group activity (city tour, asado tour or similar)
- Pibe Souvenir
This trip requires a minimum of 4 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 due to various factors in Argentina.
Fixture times are confirmed 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 the Rosario derby and a Boca game.
As such, we may have to adapt the schedule, however the provisional fixtures are confirmed so there is no reason currently that that will be the case.
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 fixture times will only be released a couple of weeks before the games are played, we cannot know for certain what clubs we will visit during our trip. However, we are prioritising Boca the first weekend and the Central vs Newell's game the second. 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 4 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, consulting with the group. We might also catch Copa Argentina games, the only tournament where away fans are allowed. Copa Libertadores or Sudamericana games might incur in an extra charge (none scheduled currently).
Will we attend Boca and River games?
The priority of this trip is to visit Boca playing at home. As we are prioritising the Rosario derby, that will likely clash with a River home game, doing both won't be possible.
When will the fixtures be out?
Fixture times are only released 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.
- Are Flights included?
No, you should organise your own flights to arrive by Friday morning, 2nd August 2024.