13 Feb

Monday Moment: Argentinian Gauchos

Argentinian Gaucho

Much of central and northern Argentina is pampas…long stretches of flat, flat grassland punctuated by estancias (ranches) and small towns. In the late 1800’s these fertile grasslands were ruled by gauchos. These South American cowboys are held in folklore much like their North American counterparts.

Quiet, stoic, and proud, they were nomadic cattlemen back in the day. Today, they still work the land and maintain some of their mystique, but less so.

We met these two while visiting an estancia outside of Argentina. Although more of a ‘dude ranch’ now they hinted of a by-gone era as they showcased their talents and jauntily posed for pictures.

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