There are 16 llamas in Machu Picchu, with colorful pompoms on their ear tags—I think they serve as lawn mowers on the terraces. They limit the llamas to 16—if a baby is born, the oldest or sickest one is killed.
While wandering around Machu Picchu, I saw about a half dozen llamas. They are quite cute and are probably the most photographed llamas in South America, however I have recently read that they actually not indigenous to the Machu Picchu region. Hence they are imported pets but fun just the same.
all his companions ,introduced as him from altiplano (4000m high and more!) are dead because of......the too tender grass,here at 2500m!
used to crunch tough thornbushes,the teeth of the unfortunate llamas got loose and they caught diseases....
only this one (why?) adapted himself to new conditions!
The alpacca is a domestic herd animal in the same family as the llama (unlike the wild vicuna) but the former has a much more shaggy coat and hence its fur is much more sought after. Here is one that has been recently cropped.
Well, before arriving in Peru, you will most likely have these images of llamas wandering about. Well, this is a llama that we saw on the way down from the Warmiwanusca pass. It not so conveniently started to hail as we snapped the photos.