November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014

The Bagualero Way

Photograph by Tomás Munita, National Geographic

In the wilds of Patagonia, cowboys called bagualeros pit themselves against the meanest livestock on the planet. Here, bagueleros pause in their search for cattle on Antonio Varas Peninsula, in Chilean Patagonia. Few choose the bagualero way. “It’s a beautiful life but a tough one,” says Sebastián García Iglesias (at far left).

See more pictures from the December 2014 feature story “Cowboys on the Edge.”

16 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

It looks so cold but so pretty. That water is gorgeous.

Aabid Khan
Aabid Khan

Magnificent! The effect is like it's from half a century ago.

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

Not at all like being a cowboy in Nebraska.

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Stunning.   And not a cow in sight!

ALAMNOOR SANDHU
ALAMNOOR SANDHU

this picture says all.

about its beauty. The boys looking for theirs cows in two different directions. A beautiful shot. 


Mike Bless
Mike Bless

Very Nice shot!

Nice clear clean background of water behind the guys.


Kip Keino
Kip Keino

It's tough for the guys, but they don't have 200 lbs riding on their back. Great shot though, almost like paint-by-numbers.

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

We often forget to look at this part of the world and all the hidden beauty that lies beyond our own front door! 


Ivo Livansky
Ivo Livansky

Very nice!!!  Hard job for tough guys.  But the picture itself - really good!!!

Kimberly Findlay
Kimberly Findlay

This is a gorgeous photograph but I just want to say that animals are not mean. They are just doing what they need to do to survive and often people get in the way of that or appear to be doing that. If we all want this planet to survive, we have to start thinking differently about some things. Amazing photograph though. Love it.

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