Santa Rosa de Yacuma, Bolivia
Ride with Cowboys in the Bolivian PampasTucked away between the foothills of the Bolivian Andes and the lush expanse of the Amazon rainforest is the pampas - dry, flat, open grasslands, criss-crossed by networks of river teeming with caimans, monkeys, sloths and... cattle. These lands have traditionally been home to Bolivias vaqueros, the hardy cowboys who spend their lives on horseback caring for their cows and producing steaks to rival those of Argentina.
The cowboys have opened up their homes to visitors, and guests are welcomed as part of the family, sharing in farming duties such as cattle herding and milking, as well as taking rides through the forest and to the nearby lagoons.
Meals are taken together, with plenty of meat and a bottle of wine, and the vaqueros will share their stories of life in the pampas.
The ranches are easily reached from the town of Rurrenabaque.