The trek to Machu Picchu is a long and beautiful one, so i could have picked any one from a million photos for this week’s Backpacking Photo of the Week. However, it was on the way to Machu Picchu that i established the identity of my new must-have pet – the Llama! You can’t walk anywhere in the Andes without tripping over one and they captured my heart. Now i’m not interested in getting a dog or a cat or a hamster for the garden – it’s gotta be a Llama!
We weren’t far from Cusco when i got my first sighting of a gaggle of Llamas. You can hear them coming from a mile off with the bells attached to their necks and it quickly became the signal to get cameras at the ready. This time the woman brought them right past us. It was just a sample of what was to come over the next few days, there was no escaping them, much to my happiness!
See more photos from the Backpacking Photo of the Week series here