This picture of a guide jabbering away on his cell phone during a horseback trip in Argentina’s Andes Mountains is one of my favorites. During my first trip to South America, I was lucky to stay in the wine country of Mendoza for several days. Somehow I ended up signing up for a horseback trip, and I ended up as the only one who showed up. I was able to ride for hours in a spectacularly empty patch of the Andes. I was surrounded by quiet: with the exception of my “guide,” Miguel, who occasionally checked in with the boss . . . though based on his tone I think his girlfriend was also receiving calls. This winter day ended up as one of the best travel days I had ever experienced, with or without a cell phone.

Part of our on-again-off-again In One Picture Series.

Leon Kaye, Argentina, cell phone, Andes, Mendoza, travel, horseback, andes mountains, in one picture

Andes Mountains outside of Mendoza, Argentina

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.