Here are some common asked questions about Alpaca Trekking

What is the difference in Alpacas and Llamas?
Alpacas are much shorter in the face and ear shape whereas llamas are much bigger and have banana shaped ears. Llamas were bred more for long, mountainous trekking and transport, whereas Alpacas were bred for their fiber. Llamas are more aggressive but great protectors whereas Alpacas are much quieter and timid in nature.
Do they spit?
Alpacas are not aggressive animals and do not tend to spit at people unless they are provoked. They will spit on occasion at each other if they are communicating. It is less of a “spit” and more of a sneeze!
What can you do with Alpaca fiber?
Our Alpacas are sheared once a year, much in the same way as sheep. Their fiber is hypo-allergenic and incredibly soft so can be used for many things, such as knitting, crocheting and felting! There are 16 recognised colours from white to shades of fawn, grey, brown and black.
Are there different types of Alpacas?
Yes, there are 2 main breeds of Alpacas. Huacaya Alpacas have a tighter crimped, fluffy fiber. The tighter the crimp, the more high quality the fiber. Suri Alpacas have a straight fibre without a crimp.
How long do Alpacas live?
Alpacas live until they are 15- 20 years old, if well cared for. They must be kept in groups of no less than 3 as they rely on each other for protection and companionship. If kept on their own, they can develop ulcers and other illnesses due to stress which can result in their death.
And finally, can you ride Alpacas?
This is definitely one of our most asked questions! Due to their size and bone structure, they are not capable of carrying much weight, so, no, they cannot be ridden!