|Cattle Round Up|
Many moons ago when I started to live in Argentina I was speaking to one of my friends on the phone who lived in England. At the time I was living in the city of Buenos Aires since it was pre- Margarita days he asked me what it was like here in the city . I said well Buenos Aires was like living in how London must have been 200 hundred years ago. I said that the streets were mostly dirt roads and that there were a lot of gauchos on horses. Knowing that his general knowledge of the world wasn’t that good I continued the joke for a little while longer until I eventually told him that Buenos Aires was a huge vibrant bustling city full of cars, concrete roads and not a gaucho on a horse in sight.
However, drive a few hundred kilometers outside of Buenos Aires and everything changes. Arriving in the gorgeous Argentina pampas the horse is king as is the gaucho and although main routes are paved the rest are dirt roads. Being here in the pampas is like being in an area where time has stood still. The Aussies and Americans use 4x4 quad bikes to get around on their wide-open spaces – not so here the horse is the method to get around on the huge estancias and the gaucho is king with not a quad bike in sight.
For me there are not many more beautiful sights than to see the gauchos in full force rounding up the cows on the famous Argentina pampas. When my friends, film makers Brian and Gaynor were here they shot a video of a round up on La Margarita and showed me the results - I thought it looked fantastic and needed sharing. For me it’s a wonderful piece of filmmaking and really captures what’s its like in and around La Margarita through the eyes of the gauchos as they go about rounding up the cattle.
We have just uploaded the short video onto YouTube and I think it looks fantastic – it captures what the gaucho and the pampas is all about here on La Margarita. Have a look at the video and see for yourself - if you love horse riding you will be in for a treat I promise.
This is David Cummings alias the English Gaucho hasta pronto.