Deep in the Argentine Southwest lies an area little known to travelers - Tafi del Valle - a verdant and hilly enclave with more cows than people.
Not far from bustling Tucuman, also pretty much off the tourist map, Tafi, as it's known among locals, is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in farm life or simply enjoy some stunning scenery, fresh air, and great local food.
I stayed at a working farm called Las Carreras, where I spent three days gaining first-hand knowledge of typical daily activities. Early in the morning cows get milked, calves get tagged and cheese production goes into full swing. Throughout the day farm animals - alpacas, goats, vicunas - are led out to pasture to graze and then herded back home.
I had the opportunity to go on an afternoon horseback ride each day, up into the hills where the views were spectacular. Horses roamed wild as did this one solitary cow, which I'm sure did have a home somewhere nearby.