Llama Hiking: Travel Trend
If you’re looking for a new hiking companion, why not go for a cuddly llama?
In fact, llama tourism is a popular travel trend with people trekking through mountains with these pack animals by their sides, and there are many places and options to have these experiences.
Starting with Vail, Colorado, Paragon Guides takes you and a llama “to lunch.” The llamas will go on a hike with you and can carry up to 80 pounds as pack animals, but they don’t like being ridden so you’ll have to do the hiking on your own. There are a few lunch options including an Arrowhead ski area lunch, which includes wine and cheese in the months of July through September. This easy to moderate hike experience costs $450 as a base fee for two people. A private backpacking llama lunch through Vail Valley’s backcountry will cost $550 for two people.
Then, there’s the Smoky Mountain Llama Treks in Cosby, Tennessee. For $50 for adults and $30 for kids, you can go on the one hour Padgett Mill Trek that will get you some time with a llama farm. Just remember that Cinnamon likes to lead and Woody likes to talk, and you can bring them snacks — bananas are a favorite.
If you’re looking for a lot of llama time, there are also extended trek options that start out in Jackson, Wyoming. A multi-day llama trek takes you through the Teton Mountain Range as you hike through Badger Creek for three to four days with llamas doing the heavy-lifting for you with packed drinks, food and camping equipment. A journey like this through Wildland Llamas costs around $1,785 for three days or $1,855 for four.
And for an experience outside of the United States, Wildland also offers many options including an Ausangate Llama Trek in Peru for 11 days at $3,800 a person. This classic Peruvian llama trekking experience takes you through the Andes mountains, Rainbow mountain and of course, Machu Picchu.
So the next time you need to get away on a vacation far from some drama, try a hike with a llama.