Llama Loving: Photos and Facts
If you visit Peru, it’s inevitable. You will run into a llama. Maybe not physically actually run into, as in collide with, but you will certainly see plenty of them. Llamas have a long history in Peru. Pre-Inca civilizations domesticated llamas, along with their close relative the alpaca between 8,000 and 3,000 BC, about the same time locals domesticated food crops (primarily staples such as corn, quinoa, and potatoes – read about the importance of potatoes in Peru).
SA Luxury Expeditions marketing manager Laura discovers llamas along the Inca Trail
Llamas played a major role in the development of ancient civilizations in Peru, including the Inca Empire. Before the arrival of the Spanish, Peru had few domesticated animals (alpacas provided wool and cuy provided food but there were no cows, horses, pigs, etc.), and none were as versatile as the llama. Llamas thrive in high altitudes, making them the perfect Andean companion. Steady and sure footed, llamas were mainly used for …