Facilitating community inclusion through skill building programs.
Generating evironmental awareness through education and actions.
Llama Pack Project works to recover traditional uses and breeding of carrier llamas as a tool for sustainable rural development and conservation of Andean mountain ecosystems in the Sacred Valley of the Incas highlands.
Llama Pack Project facilitates the inclusion of high-Andean communities in the growing tourism industry of the area so they can aim for long-term sustainable development. This is achieved by providing skill-building workshops, promoting inter-community networking and providing an innovative Llama Trek service designed with the participation of community members. All these tools will allow a higher hiring rate from all agencies that operate in the area. The aim is to improve families’ quality of life by generating an alternative source of income and supporting development of other important social aspects through our project programs.
Llama Pack Project seeks to generate environmental awareness amongst community members and to protect the fragile high-Andean ecosystems, water source of the communities and the Sacred Valley towns. Llamas are indigenous animals perfectly adapted to pack labor in high altitudes and mountain trails, unlike foreign introduced horses, donkeys and mules, whose use results in trail erosion and ecosystem degradation. We aim to recover and maintain ancestral trails and native forests by facilitating the transition for agencies to be able to hire the service of native eco-friendly pack llamas from local community members.
Llama Pack Project helps impoverished families mobilize their camelid resources in innovate ways, which are both ecologically sustainable and currently under-valued. Llama Pack seeks to implement a model project of best practices in breeding so that the community can learn from it. The aim is to recover the pure breed llama which is an amazingly resistant animal easily adaptable to different altitudes. Its impressive size (Average 2 meters high and 150 kg weight) and load capacity (average 45 kg.) will provide a new family income that will compete with horses and donkeys, in order to replace them in time.
When I think of the time we spent in Peru, one of the foremost images that comes to mind is our half-day hike with Llama Pack in the Andean mountains above Urubamba.
One of the highlights of my time in Urubamba and the sacred valley was the opportunity to go on a llama trek with local people.
This was my first time to Peru. I read many many hours and did lots of research about Peru, the Sacred Valley and MP. I am very happy with choosing Llama Pack for our day long trek along an Inca trail.