Have you ever wondered what you would find on a visit to Argentina? We thought you might, so we share a slideshow of favorite photos we took while crossing the country four months overland — from Iguazu Falls in the north to Ushuaia on the very southern tip, and back north again to the windswept Calchaquíe Valleys.
Growing up, I carried with me an impression of Argentina that came as a result of long stares at a huge charcoal drawing of the face of a gaucho (cowboy), a wedding gift given to my parents by my mother's Argentine relatives.
From move to move, continent to continent, the gaucho came with us everywhere my family went. He was an Argentine cowboy: proud, rugged, and weathered — much like the land and culture I imagined behind those wide sweeps of charcoal on handmade paper.
Fast forward several decades, and I finally had a chance to see Argentina for myself. I'll never forget the gaucho on the wall, but now I carry with me images of a real-life gaucho — and all those hills, glaciers, red rock deserts, empanadas, wines and waterfalls to fill in the gaps.