Pan-American Highway, National Geographic Book: Chilean Rodeo Cowboys

Chilean cowboys also known as Hausos dressed in traditional flat-brimmed sombreros or or chupallas or Adalusian hats waiting for the rodeo competition to begin.  The term Huaso refers to a cowboy skilled at riding horses. In a Chilean rodeo, a team of two riders works together in an arena to pin a calf. Riders are required to wear traditions costumes that also include a poncho. It was named a national sport in 1963 and has gained popularity so that more Chileans attend rodeos than soccer or their professional football.