Hiking the Andes with Heifer

The Andean highlands of Peru—while naturally magnificent —are exceptionally difficult to farm.  Despite barren, rocky soil, low oxygen levels in the ultra-thin air, and mountainous terrain, thousands of Peruvian families have thrived in this lofty abode for centuries.  What is the secret? Sweet, fluffy alpacas, of course!

 

 

The Andean highlands of Peru—while naturally magnificent —are exceptionally difficult to farm.  Despite barren, rocky soil, low oxygen levels in the ultra-thin air, and mountainous terrain, thousands of Peruvian families have thrived in this lofty abode for centuries.  What is the secret? Sweet, fluffy alpacas, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Anderson traveled with Heifer International to document the communities in Heifer’s “Alpaca Biodiversity in High Andean Communities Project.” We all fell in love with the alpacas and their owners. And honestly, what’s not to love?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpacas are the perfect livestock for the airy highlands for many reasons.  Beyond having ultra-soft wool, which the farmers collect to make carpets, ponchos, hats, and other fabric products, alpacas will eat the sparse vegetation that grows in the mountains —without damaging the delicate terrain.  But seriously, they’re just so cute that it’s like icing on the cake!

Support Heifer today, and start donating; then read the full story on Heifer’s work in the Andes on their site.

 

 

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