Every football fan has La Bombonera on the top of their bucket list. A heart-beating chocolate-box-shaped stadium that will get to your bones when La Doce chorus for Boca. And on the other corner of the city, the largest stadium in South América holds 86,000 River fans - accurately named El Monumental and where countless titles were won – including the 1978 World Cup.
But Buenos Aires is far more than River and Boca. The Cilindro bursts when Racing fans sing “Muchachos”, the decadent glamour of the Palacio Ducó is a must-see, and the creativity of Cuervos that has spread worldwide will make you love every club in the city – from the smallest “club de barrio” to the most massively supported.
Nothing compares to a city with over 12 million people and more than 35 stadiums. The City of Fury, where football is above everything else.
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 2 weekends in Buenos Aires - the Football Metropolis. Discover the urban giants such as River, Boca and San Lorenzo. Visit Avellaneda, the neighbourhood that has Racing's and Independiente's grounds only 100m away. Travel further and discover the most beautiful smaller clubs like Lanús, Defensa y Justicia, Tigre and Banfield.
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 - relax, eat some porteño pizza, or catch a lower division game.
Day 2: Before the weekend starts, attend a Huracán or Vélez game.
Day 3: Go to a San Lorenzo game and do the Boedo tour to better understand their sense of belonging to the neighbourhood. Have lunch at a Parrilla and have a proper asado.
Day 4: Move to el barrio de La Boca, and have a blast at a street party hours before the game starts, one hand on a choripán and the other one holding a Fernet. Cross out La Bombonera from your bucket list after watching Boca Juniors play home.
Day 5: First "big one" of Avellaneda. Racing playing home at El Cilindro.
Days 6-8*: 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, especially 2nd division games.
Enjoy a Group Activity with the rest of the trevllers organised by the Pibe.
Day 9-10: Catch a game in Lanús, Banfield, Argentinos Juniors or Defensa y Justicia
Day 11: Back to Avellaneda to see the Red Devils - Independiente at the Libertadores de América stadium
Day 12: Finish your trip watching a River Plate game at the biggest stadium in the continent, next to 86.000 fans supporting the "Millonarios".
- 10 nights Bed & Breakfast
- 2 local experts for the whole trip
- 4 matchdays
- Bilingual guides (English & Spanish)
- At least 3 Primera/top flight games*
- Internal transport
- Airport transfers
- 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.
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 aim at covering 2 full weekends so we have an opportunity to watch all of the Buenos Aires teams play 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 both Boca and River playing home. If fixtures allow it, we will attend Boca and River games. 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.