Hiking with alpacas

9. April 2021

A treat for body and mind

A treat for body and mind

Animal-assisted intervention with alpacas is suitable for treating depression and mood swings, stress symptoms, burnout syndrome and behavioural disorders. It can also help people who are coping with grief, people with autism, and people suffering from a wide range of phobias, dementia, addiction issues or disorders in interpersonal relationships.

Hikes and trekking tours with llamas and alpacas

Alpaca and llama trekking is good for mind, body and soul. The pace is set not by humans, but by the animals. When hiking with alpacas, you can shift down a gear and slow the pace of life. Accompany the alpacas through forests and past streams, lakes, fields, farms and even mills.

As far as pandemic restrictions allow, these magical animals are cuddly hiking companions for the whole family. A hike lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours on average.

Hiking with relaxed companions

But be warned: alpacas don’t like to be petted on the head. The best idea is to stroke their necks. Touching their legs is also taboo, as they could perceive this as an attack. But let yourself be fascinated by these animals. What could be better than being out and about in nature with llamas and alpacas, enjoying their peaceful, friendly nature? However, make sure you have plenty of time when you go hiking with alpacas, because they are in no hurry, they have no appointments, and they have no idea what a deadline is.

All alpaca hiking providers advise: “Hiking with alpacas is suitable for children aged 8 or older. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and may only lead an alpaca together with the accompanying adult.” Strollers, dogs and umbrellas are also forbidden, as they might irritate the alpacas.

Do llamas and alpacas spit?

Yes, llamas and alpacas spit, just not necessarily at people. They only spit at people when they are attacked or threatened, or when something is done to them that they find unpleasant. As a rule, llamas and alpacas tend to spit among themselves, as a defensive strategy against other animals of their species. Most of the time, it’s about hierarchy and food. If, for example, an alpaca tries to eat another alpaca’s food, things can get pretty feisty.

Enjoy hiking with your new friends at your side.