The Gaucho Culture | Argentina Discoveries | World Nomad

(foreboding western music) It was raining hard at the Mojon farm. Everybody looked like they were worshiping the bonfire and out of the blue an old man said I’m going to tell you a story, now that the water and wind have brought back old memories. I will reveal things nobody knew about me
while I try to hold myself back from bursting into tears. If God, who gave patience to my heart, comes at this time, he will help the soul of this old man to find relief at the end of his life as he waits on the final line. (Fun exciting music) – Gaucho’s are very protective people they look after the land,
they look after their family, they look after cattle. Their culture and their tradition and their day-to-day life
is very much accurate and it’s not a show for tourists. It was just great getting to
kind of have an insiders look as to why Gaucho lifestyle is incredible, why the north of Argentina is so unique. So Agustin is a man who lives in the Estancia that we were at. He is from a family of Gaucho
after Gaucho after Gaucho so much history in the
house that he lives in. His entire lifestyle was basically built around the Gaucho life and he’s gone abroad, he’s traveled, he’s worked in the city, but
the land called him back. So this place is beautiful! Can you tell me how old this house is? – [Agustin] My ancestor build it in 1760. – [Gloria] Wow. – [Agustin] I am the ninth generation, my children’s tenth. – Hi, we are (mumbles) The horses! So much fun! That has definitely been
the highlight of this trip. They gave me a poncho, they gave me a hat. The ponchos are so cute, girl! I would rock that everyday. So we’re going for a joy ride. These horses are so well
mannered, so well trained, so you can have one hand
free and then the other hand, this is like your joystick to steer. All those years of playing Mario Kart, knew it would pay off. Being in the Gaucho culture, and amongst this gorgeous,
mountainous area, everything was just incredible. I was like, “Okay I am basically
a Gaucho now, a Gaucha.” (foreign language) So I was really excited about it. What makes you the most
proud to be a Gaucho? – [Agustin] The love for the land. It’s the first, because
it’s the very freedom style. The community for the
Gauchos is very nice, drink mate, eat asado, dance and the new generation like. You can see many small
children help their fathers with the animals, I don’t know, that is a great life. – Asado! I don’t know how
anyone is in shape here. All they eat is meat.
When you’re in Argentina, get rid of your
vegetarianism, your veganism, your pescatarianism,
you gotta eat the meat because it is so good! And asado is very much social, you know it’s about
putting meat on the grill, throwing back a couple beers, talking to family, friends, catching up, and yeah it’s cooked with love. You can taste the love inside that meat. It’s just so fresh and
pure and yeah it’s amazing. Oh, still feeling it. (latin dance music) It was such a pleasant surprise to get the little performance from the kiddos. And they were shimmying
their shoulders and the men were very machismo
and then they grabbed my hand and we got in a circle
and we were doing things that they would do at weddings. Yeah, that was a great experience to have. (clapping and cheering) I would’ve never even imagined that that lifestyle existed. Or that culture or that
area or region was a thing. So I think it’s so
important for travelers, tourists who come here that are looking for like, authentic experiences, to really look at work in estancias and the north region of Argentina and yeah, I 100% recommend it. (slow western music) The estancia in Patagonia
was drop dead gorgeous. The fields, and the valleys and the lake in the back, it just looked
so scenic and picturesque. Gauchos in the south
are much more laid back. They have preserved their tradition, but their fashion and
their style is different. They don’t have as much sun
as they get in the north, obviously it’s colder in
the south and in Patagonia, so they have this very
round, French-looking hat, they don’t really wear the collars but they have like the
long sleeve working shirts and the pants are different. The shoes are almost like those flats, I think I wore them in high school. But yeah, it’s just completely different. Hola Santiago! – [Santiago] Hello, hello Gloria. – (foreign language) – Everything alright? – Yes. – Welcome to Nibepo Aike. – Thank you! Santiago is amazing, and
getting to meet a Gaucho from the south and the Patagonia
region, was really cool. – Oh here in the family,
all days are different because we have many
activities during all the year. We have to go out in the farm and have a look how are the cows and the sheep, and the fences are okay? We have different outposts around and we have to go and visit our
Gauchos all around the farm. – [Gloria] What would you
say is the best and worst part about your job, working and managing? – The worst part? – Yeah. – I don’t know, maybe the weather? Sometimes rainy or windy. And the best thing is being
outside and all the time you are discovering new things, it’s great, it’s really nice. – The sheep shearing for some reason, it was very confrontational for me. They start rounding up the sheep, and the sheep are going in circles, I’m like “Oh my God this is so cute!” So I take out my phone
and then all of the sudden (lasso whoosh) grabs one around the neck
and then it’s just like choking it more and then
obviously the sheep was like getting a little restless
and then I see it wrangle it and then they
take it to the back. It was just the way he tugged at it and just choking it’s neck. These are animals but they have feelings and they can feel pain as well. I had a moment where I actually
I’m like “Why am I crying?” You don’t even realize what
your body is going through but you just, your emotion, your heart is just tugged so strongly. – [Santiago] Maybe it’s hard to see this kind of activity but
it’s like how we used to live. – I’m glad that that happened
and I’m glad that I saw it because it definitely, was
a reality check for me. I travel because I am so curious about cultures around the world and I am genuinely interested in people. At surface level we just
all want to be loved, and sheltered and have food on the table. And we can connect on that level, like “Oh you know, I just need to eat, “you need to eat. You have a faith, “let me see how you
practice your religion. “let me see how you
spend time with family.” There is no right or wrong and I think, growing up in the States
I was taught like, “Okay this is the way we do things. “This is the right way,
this is the only way.” And then you go to other countries, you’re like, “Oh they do it differently.” And that’s the word, it’s
different but it’s not wrong. And once we get over that mentality that the way that we learned it growing up whatever in our first-world
countries wherever, that’s not the only or the right way and so traveling to other countries and seeing how they do things, that’s why I love traveling.

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