I SAW PLENTY OF llamas in Bolivia. They’re pretty hilarious animals — domesticated, yet super skittish. As you approach them, they get the nervous eye and start throating these timid little sighs. A little closer and they trot away, long necks held erect to make sure you’re not giving chase.
I don’t have any specific memories of encounters with alpaca, but I saw lots of them too. Compared to the llama, their build is smaller, their ears shorter, their wool finer. Both animals, though, look completely comfortable at 13,000 feet on the Bolivian altiplano.
Apparently, they can hang at sea level too.
The Guardian has a story of an alpaca trekking outfit based in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England. As the town name suggests, it’s right on the coast of the North Sea, 30 or so miles northwest of Norwich.
The “treks” offered basically involve taking the alpacas for a walk. They range from one to four hours in length.