LLAMA TREKKING / TILCARA – JUJUY – ARGENTINA
Santos Manfredi came to Tilcara for the first time in 2001. In love with the place, he and his wife Eva, traveled through the near by hills finding ancient tracks and others currently in use by the valley inhabitants. In 2002 they settled down in the city of Tilcara beginning a small Llama drove.
A trekking enthusiast, Santos investigates about the use of the Llama as a cargo animal, looking for information in the Tilcara Archaeological Museum, talking with archaeologists and anthropologists interested in the caravan subject, interacting with llameros from the Argentine – Bolivian Puna and working empirically with the “Positive stimulation” technique for llama taming.
Today he has a llama herd, and specializes in taming and producing llamas as pack animals and / or pets. He encourages the exchange “from goats to llamas” in the Tilcara area of influence, as it is ecologically correct; looking for a means so that the areas’ inhabitants can obtain their first multipurpose llamas for meat, fiber, and Tourism. As a local guide, Santos instructs guides and candidates in the Trekking with llamas’ art, creating a unique and excellent product involved in social and ecology issues.
“The Llama” is my brother, we are sons of the same Pacha and I respect him.