PACKING IS IN
SHIPS OF THE ANDES: LLAMAS HAVE PACKED FOR CENTURIES
Llamas connected the vast Inca Empire of the rugged South American Andes. They connected the mines of the altiplano (12,000-16,000 feet of elevation) with the lower agricultural and population centers. Food and supplies up, and ore down; they always had a back haul. They didn’t just survive a tough environment, they thrived in it.
Benefits of Llamas
Llamas have many beneficial attributes that make them a preferred choice for pack animals.
Llamas only need to eat a tenth of the amount that a horse or mule does.
Llamas utilize lower protein, less palatable forages and don’t require supplemental feed in the backcountry.
Llamas' low impact soft hoof does not cut soil and requires no shoe for protection.
Llamas’ acute vision, hearing, and sense of smell can help a hunter spot game. Their quiet demeanor reduces game awareness. They are not blood shy and are comfortable packing meat.
Llamas are naturally healthy, have no endemic diseases, and pose no disease threat to wildlife.
Llamas adapt well to different modes of transportation.