Wherever you go in Peru, you can find llamas. They are like the monkeys of the Andes – they are simply everywhere! Although these llamas don’t try to steal your food or camera, they do have a habit of getting in the way at the wrong times, especially when people are taking photographs!
I learned that llamas are naturally very curious around people, and this will lead them to approach people in a non-aggressive way, presumably waiting to be fed. However, sometimes they are already eating grass as they approach you, so perhaps they don’t want to be fed at all, they just want to know why you – yes YOU – are encroaching on their territory. Unlike monkeys in Asia, llamas won’t bite you (well, they SHOULDN’T bite, anyway), but they just kind of hang around for eternity making it impossible to manoeuvre without bumping into them.
In more urban areas of Peru, it is not uncommon to see llamas resting on people’s doorsteps. I have no idea if this means they are the ‘pet’ of that particular household, or whether it is literally a wild llama with nowhere else to go. Although, I didn’t stay in Lima, the capital, for long, I still don’t remember seeing any llamas. It seems the further south you go towards the Andes, the more llamas you will find. Cusco, especially, is literally full to the brim with the bloody photobombers!
Peruvian people adore their llamas and many consider it to be the national animal. However, many llamas still roam in nearby Bolivia and Chile. They seem to like the great heights and are not afraid to perch over the edge in search of more grass just as I’m about to take that epic photo. Or at least I think they were searching for food – maybe they just wanted to piss me off?