This week I’m trying something new. I’m doing photo-blog posts on our time in Argentina. Today is Week 2: Gauchos and The Pampas. I hope you enjoy!

San Antonio de Areco Gaucho Festival

San Antonio de Areco is a small town just an hour and a half outside Buenos Aires. We’d heard about the annual festival celebrating Gauchos and the gaucho culture (Dia de la Tradicion) and so, we headed out to investigate. Coming from the bus station we literally walked into a parade of gauchos on horseback on their way to the town fair grounds. We followed – on foot.


These young gauchos looked so dapper, but I was most impressed with the gauchas in long skirts.


I’ve got a short video of the actual horse-wrangling here (coming soon) and if you’re interested, the Frugal Traveler has a write-up of his experience at the festival here.


Next stop, and a campervan for the start of the Great Argentinian Road Trip.


This photo does not do justice to the vast, endless expanse of the Argentinian Pampas (our decent camera was stolen in Santiago, after all). We drove and drove and drove seeing nothing but grass, cows and the odd gaucho. It took three days before…


… the Andes came into view.


And then this killer view of San Carlos de Bariloche making the marathon drive seem worthwhile.


We made our campsite – at Lago Mascardi outside Bariloche – just in time for a lake-cooled beer for the driver.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

3 thoughts on “Gauchos!

  1. Sarah V.

    Amazing photos! That must be one strange drive, to go from seeing vast openness and then the Andes. I’ve heard that West Texas also seems endless, but we haven’t been out that way just yet.

  2. Colleen

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m loving reading about your travels. What an amazing experience for your children. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.

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