Even though not many people are aware of its qualities, it has been the National Sport since 1953, due to the deeply rooted customs it represents. It is the only autochthonous sport practiced since the seventeenth century. It was developed by “horse, audacious and brave” people.
It surged at the time of the conquest, and its origins are clearly criollos.
Nowadays, people play an adapted version of it: two teams of four players each, whose objective is to place the “pato” (duck, a ball with six leather handles) through a basket hanging from a post 2,40m high.
The tournament lasts from March to October and takes place in the “Campo Argentino de Pato” (Argentine pato field), which is located 30 Km from Buenos Aires.