Location: Arequipa, Peru
One morning when I was walking to school, I saw a large tour bus advertising Mundo Alpaca (Alpaca World). Several days later, I saw a brochure for the place and figured out where the location is and decided to visit.
I had imagined Mundo Alpaca to be a big safari filled with frolicking alpacas. I imagined being able to pet one or two wooly alpacas.
Mundo Alpaca is at the end of Santa Catalina street so it’s really easy to find.
The place consists of a large shop with alpaca-derived products. I didn’t look at any of the clothes because my main mission was ALPACAS!
I found the alpacas at the end of the path. It wasn’t a large safari of alpacas but a midsized pen with alpacas, llamas and even other camelids.
The animals were mostly sitting around doing nothing, except the two baby alpacas which were nibbling at the grass.
The white baby alpaca stopped grazing to look at me (or maybe it was a stare down, I didn’t know enough alpaca body language).
I didn’t dare pet any of the animals in case they chomp my hands off. There were one or two animals which sat in a dignified way, looking down on me. Others look at me a bit like dumb sheeps (not that I’ve seen any sheeps or their IQ test results).
I headed into the exhibition area where there were a few bags of alpaca and llama wool. As I read the description of the different animals, I heard a strange grunting outside.
I rushed out and tried to find what was wrong. Then I realized that one of the white large llama was sitting on top of the other brown llama. It was quite disturbing to see the two animals mating.
Very soon, the brown alpaca shook itself, causing the white llama to fall off it. Then the brown llama walked away, leaving the large white llama standing there looking at nothing.
I was tired of Alpaca World really soon and headed off for lunch. At lunch, I had llama steak wrapped in crepe. Oops.
More alpaca photos can be found on my Facebook page. Click on the link for more squee!
Another cute event that happened on Sunday was a parade in the city center. There were men marching in suits. But the most adorable were the little boys leading the marches of their groups.