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Peru offers tourists new form of transportation: Llama Taxis
By Manuel Vigo
May 10, 2012
A new form of transportation is making the rounds in Peru: the Llama Taxi. Llamas are being promoted by authorities in Colca as a new form for tourists to see the region’s natural attractions.
Fredy Barrios, manager of Autocolca, said there are currently 6 llamas available for visitors to use during their tour of the Colca valley.
The new service, he said, will generate new sources of income for local residents.
“On board the Llama Taxi, tourists can get to know the areas near Chivay, such as the La Calera hot springs, the colonial bridge, and other natural tourist areas,” Barrios said, according to El Comercio.
The service is currently being offered in Chivay, - a starting point for tours of Colca - as well as in the Sibayo district.
Authorities plan to expand the service to other regions later this year, La Republica reported.
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Commented By: firstname.lastname@example.org
On: May 10, 2012. 3:53 pm
I don't agree, they will be abusing these type of animals that are not burden carriers.
Commented By: judy forney
On: May 10, 2012. 5:36 pm
good idea-visited Chivay and Canyon de Colca - a number of years ago.I was mostly impressed with the Andean Condors sweeping down on tourists.
Commented By: Karen Tapia
On: May 10, 2012. 5:57 pm
I am totally shocked to see the peruvian authorities allow these delicate and beautiful animals to be mistreated, they are not meant to be beasts of burden. I hope the tourist (foreigners and nationals) do not contribute to this way of animal abuse.
Commented By: Wilde
On: May 10, 2012. 7:54 pm
Llamas always have been animals of burden for the Andean population.
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: May 10, 2012. 9:09 pm
Part of the cameloid family, these animals have been ''pulling their weight'' for centuries. These people treat their animals like family. THE ONLY ABUSE HERE IS THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO F O R C E YOUR BELIEFS ON OTHERS! Find yourselves a worthwhile cause, come help me with one little Christmas party for some POOR kids in Pachacamac........
Commented By: Rebus
On: May 11, 2012. 12:24 am
Not meant to be beasts of burden? I assume that is sarcasm. The classic llama is and has been a working animal, and I see no indication of abuse in this article. A handler of a good working llama would be foolish to throw away his livelihood by abusing their llama.
Commented By: llamalover
On: May 11, 2012. 12:26 am
Please dont take these "llama taxis". Let's protest this by contacting this service or the authorities. I am a proud Peruvian but I find this shameful.
Commented By: Scott
On: May 11, 2012. 1:26 am
Actually, these camelids didn't exist naturally and were bred by ancient Peruvians AS pack animals. They were the beasts of burden used to transport supplies through the Andes.
Commented By: Lucy H
On: May 11, 2012. 4:50 am
If it is true LLamas were used in the past as carriers by the Inkas and were replaced by horses and donkeys brought by Spaniards, I think they should be able to give them rest and enough water and do not abuse.
Commented By: Rebus
On: May 11, 2012. 9:50 am
The llamas look well cared for. The three wheeled cart doesn't even put weight on the llama - just an easy pull. It's a great idea, providing livelihood for handlers and llamas, and enjoyment of passengers. A llama without something to do is a bored, neglected llama.
Commented By: Brian
On: May 11, 2012. 12:26 pm
It seems like a good idea to me... those of you that are saying this is abusive, do you have facts to back that up? Or do you just think that humans using animals in anyway is abusive? If there are actual studies showing that this not good for llamas I'd be the first to be on your side, but considering that llamas are pack animals breed to carry weights on their backs, I would think that pulling a measely cart would be nothing for them.
Commented By: Peruvian_gringo
On: May 11, 2012. 7:38 pm
They are not a beast of burden? They carry cargo for travelers while hiking and other means.
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: May 14, 2012. 7:53 pm
Next thing to complain about is that these people eat Guinea Pigs......
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