The ranch or “finca” is amazing. The buildings are rustic, most all the work is done on horse back- it’s like stepping back in time a hundred years. At night, the thirteen employees and I dine on a long wooden table in candle light then hang out afterwards for the evening entertainment which is usually listening to someone play the accordion. The days start at seven, we have a piece of bread or some crackers, drink some yerba mate (it’s like tea) and then go gather the horses. There are about 40 horses or so and they all get chased from the pasture into a huge corral where you get to pick your ride for the day- if you can manage to rope it that is. Then we gather cows that are scattered throughout the 40,000 acres of brush dense. And this is no ordinary brush- every last thing out there is designed to hurt you. The brush its self is nothing but thorns that snag and and rip your clothes and skin, there are deadly poisonous snakes (I saw a corral snake the other day), and thousands of these little bugs called :, which are like a no-see-um on steriods that leave a blood blister under your skin when they bite and they itch much worse than mosquitos. I made the mistake of going out with no chaps one day and the brush nearly ripped the jeans off my body. I love it though- working with the gauchos is great. They are all amazing horsemen and despite the fact that I usually don’t have a clue what they are saying, they keep me laughing all day with their humor. http://www.condorvalley.org/
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In the Northwest Argentine province of Salta lies a hidden historic Estancia: La Bodega. Residing in the shadow of the 10,300 ft. Mt. Creston and bordering six miles of the Juramento River, La Bodega and the adjoining ranch, El Tipal make up our long term conservation stewardship of the 70,000 acres known as Condor Valley. [...]
If you go to Condor Valley and take in the view from La Bodega, the most dominating landscape feature you will see is the dark and jagged ridge of rock called Mount Creston. At 10,300 feet it is the highest peak around and stands out against the skyline dark and ominous as a funeral procession. [...]