I used to like to travel, and part of the fun was the critters. These photos are from a trip I did to Peru. The pics I chose don’t represent a broad variety, but I really do love me a llama.
These photos are from the Islas Ballestas off the coast of Peru. They have Humboldt penguins, which only live in Peru and Chile, and all kinds of other birds. These photos were taken from a boat. We were encouraged to wear hats because of the high risk of bird poopage. 💩
These photos are taken in the Sacred Valley area, not far from Machu Picchu. There are three kinds of similar critters in this area: llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. Vicuñas have a distinct look, but I’m too clueless to be able to tell the difference between llamas and alpacas, so they’re all llamas to me. The one thing I do know that “baby alpaca” scarves and such things don’t actually come from baby alpacas; they’re a certain kind of hair from the grown-ups.
This shaggy beasty is my favourite.
This little farm was on the way to a historic site. The farmers made some extra money from tourists wanting to pose with their little llamas, which was just fine by me. I think this little shaggy munchkin above is definitely related to Beasty from the Sacred Valley.
I miss you llamas/alpacas!!! 🦙 – And huh, the emoji people think a llama and an alpaca are the same thing. At least I’m not the only doofus!
All photos © 2021 Ashley Peterson