How to Make Friends with Llamas on a Llama Trek
If you are thinking about trekking with llamas through the Peruvian Andes, you might wonder how to avoid being spit on and actually make friends with these curmudgeonly creatures.
Here are two proven ways to become fast friends with your llama companions.
1) Food. As with all animals, offering food is the universal first step in cultivating goodwill. Before your trek, ask your guide to take you to a local market to buy some tasty alfalfa and crispy carrots. Stow these llama treats in your daypack to dole out whenever you want to pet the llamas or pose with them for a photo op. Llamas have a short attention span. So, avoid giving them all the treats at once. And, by all means, keep your daypack out of their reach. You don’t want the llamas to destroy it mid-hike in an attempt to steal any remaining treats.
2) Coca leaves. The coca leaves are for the llama handlers, not the llamas. Pick up a small plastic bag stuffed with coca leaves at the local market when you shop for the llama treats. Share the coca leaves with the llama handlers to break the ice. Then, ask them to help you become friends with the llamas. Most llamas have a strong bond with their handlers. So, if you approach them alongside their handlers, they are more likely to accept you.
Whichever method you choose, try to be patient. Remember, it takes time for friendships to form.