One thing I have really learned to appreciate and love in Peru is Alpacas. From food, to clothing, to photographic opportunities, Alpacas are highly popularized and put on a pedestal in this country. Previous to this trip, I had never really appreciated these fluffy creaturess, but after being constantly exposed to them throughout my time in Peru, I can now say they are one of my favorite animal.
Something that is extremely common, especially in the city of Cuzco is the opportunity to take a picture with these adorable animals. Throughout the city you can find ladies holding adult, teenager, and baby alpacas dressed up in traditional vibrant costumes waiting for you to stop and take a picture with them. Now as fun and tempting as that might be, I would say to hold off until you go to Machu Picchu. What I learned after our visit their was that while you are expected to tip the owners of these alpacas when they are on the street, once you go to Machu Picchu you have the opportunity to take pictures with wild alpacas for free.
Around this great wonder of the world, various wild alpacas and llamas can be found freely roaming the ruins and pastures on the mountain, providing not only opportunity to take a free photo with one of these animals, but also have a great view in the background. Therefore, I’d suggest waiting until the trip to Machu Picchu to snap a pic with these amazing creatures.