Today I’m featuring a photograph of gauchos boys taken by Juergen Klein from Dare2go Blog which he runs with his dear wife Yasha Langford.
Yasha and Juergen travel full-time in their moving home, Berta. They have been in South America for almost 2 years this time. They are in their early 60s but don’t like to call themselves retired. Yasha is taking care of a writing part and Juergen photographs their journey. You should follow those two on
Photo Story: Gauchos Boys
This was a sight we had to stop for! We travel in our own vehicle and we move slowly. So, when something catches our eye, we almost always stop. This can be for a brief period, or for days or weeks at a time.
On our way to Cordoba last year, we were driving into Villa Carlos Paz, about 30 kilometers east of the city. Suddenly Juergen braked and pulled off the road.
In a field by the road there were boys on horses. This is not an unusual sight, but in this case there were boys as young as 6 or 7 and they were all dressed up in ‘gaucho-style’ gear.
The other thing we noticed was that they were competing against each other and were all taking it very seriously. I wanted to call them cute, but I imagine they would frown at that description.
The gaucho culture and history has fascinated us as we’ve traveled through South America. It is very much a part of modern Argentina and Uruguay.
Sometimes you just see the horsemen doing their work with cattle, but they are always dressed in a particular way. There are even roadside shrines to Gauchito Gil where people stop to pay homage to the spirit of the gaucho.
This competition that stopped us in our tracks is probably an important part of educating and training these gauchos boys in the traditions and skills required to be a part of this important cultural tradition.
We stayed and watched, in fascination, these little gauchos in the making. A few days later we were lucky enough to witness a parade of almost 1000 gauchos as part of the feast day celebrations of Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Our Lady of Mercy) in Alta Gracia.
The gauchos are considered her companions and protectors. One day these young gauchos boys will proudly join the parade for their saint.