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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Vicuña

Just outside of Arequipa Peru, on the backside of Chachani, we came across a large pack of Vicuña.  The Vicuña make their home in the highlands of Peru and throughout South America.  In Inca and pre-Inca times Vicuña wool was reserved for the royal class only, while Alpaca was reserved for the nobility and Llama used for the commoners.  Apparently they are quite fast, as we saw several close to the road who ran away before I could get a shot.  Every high end clothing store in Arequipa has a small line of Vicuña clothing, but the prices are outrageous, like a grand and up for a sweater.  Usually these sweaters are behind glass, but I did get to touch a Vicuña scarf and it was super soft, but not $600.00 soft.  Enjoy the views and check my Peru gallery for larger sizes.

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