Llamas originate from South America and are closely related to the camel. They are domestic animals, used for packing supplies. Their feet are padded, which allows them to travel easily over rocky terrain without disturbing vegetation, and they’re capable of navigating very narrow paths.
Llamas are gentle animals, and this good temperament combined with their ability to pack supplies has birthed a new type of eco-tourism tour—Llama trekking.
I’ve wanted to go llama trekking ever since I saw a special interest piece on our local television a couple of years ago. I was thrilled to discover they did llama trekking in Dartmoor National Park in Devon and immediately showed hubby.
“We should do this,” I said.
After discussing the tour and how to fit it in to our schedule, we duly booked. As our tour approached, I watched the weather and crossed my finger it wouldn’t rain.
There were four of us trekking plus the two owners. Each of us had a llama each plus there was one alpaca. I volunteered to be in charge of the alpaca. I mean, who can resist their adorable faces.
The tour was two and a half hours long with an afternoon tea break—a Devon cream tea—at the halfway point.
This is the start of our tour where we met our llamas and my alpaca. We were given a quick talk then off we went.
We walked up hill and down hill…
We came across some of the other wildlife – a herd of Dartmoor ponies.
We took in the glorious views then stopped for a delicious afternoon tea of home made scones, jam and clotted cream with a cup of tea.
The walk over (3 miles of walking), we posed with our companions and said goodbye.
Those rumors about spitting llamas…evidently, they only spit at each other and are well-behaved with humans. Our llamas were well-behaved and high with the cuteness factor.
I’m a llama trekking convert, and would happily recommend trekking to any animal lover. I can’t wait to repeat the experience!