Tour Operator of the Chilean Altiplano for excursions, tours and adventure trips in the .
Mayuru Tours
  •  The magic village of Putre and its Aymara culture together with the vulcano Taapaca (5.850 m.a.s.l.).  The magic village of Putre and its Aymara culture together with the vulcano Taapaca (5.850 m.a.s.l.).
    Putre is located at 3.500 meters, at the beginning of the Altiplano.
  • The highest unsailable lake in the world The highest unsailable lake in the world
    At its side, the impressive vulcano Parinacota.
  • Your visit to the north of Chile has to include the National Parc Lauca Your visit to the north of Chile has to include the National Parc Lauca
    One of the most beautiful places in Chile.
  • There is only one of its kind, the Cerro Milagros. There is only one of its kind, the Cerro Milagros.
    A beautifull hill with colors that will fascinate you.
  • The Atacama desert, and the Altiplano lakes Miscanti y  Miñiques The Atacama desert, and the Altiplano lakes Miscanti y Miñiques
    The north of Chile, San Pedro de Atacama.
  • The Altiplano of northern Chile, more than just a trip, a memory for life.   The Altiplano of northern Chile, more than just a trip, a memory for life.
    Putre, a spectacular place to start your tours.
  • The 17th century church of Parinacota. The 17th century church of Parinacota.
    The Altiplano village of Parinacota.
  • Sunset in the northern Chilean Altiplano, Putre.  Sunset in the northern Chilean Altiplano, Putre.
    Putre a magic village from where one can start his best excursions.

CONTACT

Adresse:

  Baquedano # 411 Arica - Putre

E-mail:

  reservas@mayurutour.com

Tel. port:

  +56 (9) 85821493

  +56 (9) 88446568

_region_

Getting to know the fauna of the Chilean Altiplano. CAMÉLIDOS




Mon, 04 Feb 13 00:00:00 +0000

Getting to know the fauna of the Chilean Altiplano. CAMÉLIDOS

The Camélidos are native animals of the Andes, offspring of the camels. They were the only animals available for transportation in the pre-Hispanic Andean cultures. There are 4 zoological species, two of which are domestic and the others are wild. Each of the species can cross, but the second generation will return to the dominant species.Its meat is of a special taste and of low cholesterol; normally it is prepared with herbs of the region.


Lama


The biggest of the four is the Lama, domestic animal that was used as pack animal. Its wool is the thickest and each of the animals gives 4kg every shearing (every two years). The Lama is to find in the pre-cordilleran regions and the highland of the Atacama usually close to accumulations of water or wetlands.

 

Alpaca

A little bit smaller than the Lama, the Alpaca has a thicker layer of wool that almost covers the eyes. Its wool is of different colors and every shearing one animal gives 5 kg of wool, which is of fine and silky texture. That is why it is the most used wool for high quality fabric.

The Alpaca lives in the Andean and Aymara sectors, especially in the north of San Pedro de Atacama and in the Bolivian highlands.

Guanaco

The Guanaco is of light brown color and only has few wool. It is a little bit bigger than the Vicuña. In general, they live at a height of 3.000m over sea level and it is very difficult to domesticate them. They are to find in the cordillera of Domeyko.

Vicuñas

The smallest of the four South American species, the Vicuña,  lives in groups that are like families. They prefer living in the highland, at a height of 4.000m over sea level. It is a protected animal, for the high demand of its leather, its wool (the finest animal fiber) and its meat (0% cholesterol) almost got it extinct.