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Hiking with llamas in Peru

Hiking with llamas in Peru ? Is it that horses and donkeys are getting out of fashion as beasts of burden? Well, hardly, but truth is that in the early times in the Andes were the South American camelids the ones that performed that task.

Cuyuni, also known as the Ausangate viewpoint, is a community that offer this kind of trekkings

Don’t see this just as a trendy thing, because to revindicate the llamas place in this activity allows not only to preserve trails and prairies with less impact than the one caused by equines, but also to put in action breeding programs that favor owners by producing better wool and meat as well as opportunities of employment in places where there is a lack of them.

In Cuzco are eight the communities that already joined their members to the touristic routes along the Sacred Valley in Urubamba, and as an example; during a 5-day tour four of them are involved. That is social inclusiveness.

Try our day-tour Inca road to Huchuy Qosqo and let us know what do you think.

However, if thinking about llamas just as a simple company seems like a nonsense, we can guarantee that is it quite an experience as Guido tells us:

“Along the Inka Naani in Ancash, where I have been about ten times in the company of llamas and other ten without them, the usually aggressive dogs got calmed when saw them -maybe because they didn’t recognize them. Moreover, I saw a half-a-ton weighing bull trying to jump over a barbwire fence -apparently because it feared the llamas. And the horses seemed to dance around them! no kidding, it was super interesting. The llama is like the king of the Andes: with its “distinguished” way of being it shows itself as a remarkable animal and the others act submissive.”

Meanwhile, in Arequipa, in the Colca Valley, convivial experiences are offered to visitors where you can join the llamas during its regular labors, like when carrying firewood or other items proper of the everyday life in the countryside. Alternatively can get to know the town of Sibayo and its cobbled streets hiring a chariot pulled by a llama.

Baby llamas in Coporaque being taken back to the corral after a day in the pastures


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Tours in Peru

Car driving by lamas and alpacas in the Andes - Road Trip - RESPONSible Travel Peru

A Different Kind of Road Trip through Southern Peru

Selia and three young travelers showing off the dishes after the cooking class | Responsible Travel Peru

Cooking Class in Cusco

Local artisan from Pachacamac sharing with a traveler on a tour with RESPONSible Travel Peru

Stripe Test Tour

Child Matsiguenga posing for our photographer | Responsible Travel Peru

Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

Spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca from the community of Vicos | Responsible Travel Peru

Short immersion in the Andean community of Vicos

Guido assisting the locals in Vicos with opening the Pachamanca and gathering the freshly cooked potatoes. Community-Based Tourism in the Andes - RESPONSible Travel Peru

The complete Vicos experience with Pachamanca

San Martin square is characterized by the big monument to the independence leader | Responsible Travel Peru

Lima Walking Tour

Close up of a chef serving ceviche on a dish | Responsible Travel Peru

Lambayeque Gastronomy Workshop