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Definition

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The Llama Pack Project works to recover traditional uses and breeding of carrier llamas as a tool for sustainable rural development and conservation of mountain ecosystems in the highlands surrounding the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

 
– The Llama Pack Mission Statement

The Llama Pack Project was born when we found an opportunity to generate long-term sustainable development within our neighboring communities in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

While enjoying outdoor activities inour breath-taking surroundings we met amazing families who welcomed us into their homes and shared life stories with us. These families all have rich cultural backgrounds that are on the verge of disappearing – most are forced to work in cities away from their hometowns to be able to provide for their community. Here we saw a need.

Then we noticed that they had llamas that were used only once or twice a year to transport potato seeds. Here we saw a resource.

Finally, we knew that these communities have belonged to parts of the Inca trails – historically used for commercializing goods, currently promoted as alternative tourism treks by an increasing number of tour operators and agencies. Here we saw an opportunity.

By September 2012 we had an idea that continues to grow, mature and evolve: the Llama Pack Project. We hope you will be part of this by learning with us, sharing your experience and spreading the word.

Background

Pure breed llamas have almost disappeared, instead families own small llamas mixed with alpacas that have poor fiber and meat quality and are not able to carry a significant load.

During the Inca Empire llamas were considered sacred and were fundamental to their economy, owning them was a symbol of privilege. Historically, llamas were abolished as a means of subverting local indigenous peoples during the colonial power struggle and therefore traditional knowledge related to llama breeding practices disappeared.

Currently llama breeding is practiced mainly by the most impoverished families of high-Andean communities which do not have an economical use for them due to their lack of knowledge and systemized breeding.

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Project Goals

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Sustainable Rural Development

Ecosystem Conservation

Llama Breeding

We envision empowered communities that are able to hope for a better future and make it a reality. We pursue this goal by combining access to alternative sources of income with access to multi disciplinary education in order to provide community members with necessary skills and tools to pursue their own goals and find an attractive alternative to urban dwelling.

Sustainable Education:

  • Skill building workshops.
  • Technical education.
  • Pre-school, primary and secondary school complementary education.
  • Healthy living and illness prevention education.
  • Healthy llama breeding practices.

Alternative sources of income:

  • Innovative mobilization of their camelid resources.
  • Creation of the llama trek service.
  • Inclusion in the local tourism industry.
  • Community networking and collaboration.

We envision empowered communities that protect their water resources, native forests, pastures and ancestral trails while disseminating environmental awareness amongst visitors. We pursue this goal by facilitating environmental conservation through actions and education.

Environmental Conservation Action

  • Use of native pack animals: llamas.
  • Native tree reforestation.
  • Sustainable agriculture and pasture management.

Environmental Conservation Education

  • Environmental education for children.
  • Participatory venues.

We envision an empowered community network capable of utilizing their camelid resources to provide en environmentally sustainable pack service to all agencies and tour operators that work in this mountain range. We pursue this goal by encouraging healthy breeding practices and job creation.

Healthy Breeding Practices

  • Model project of best practices.
  • Recovery of pure breed llama.
  • Technical training venues.

 

Job Creation

  • Llama Trek service.
  • Textile sales.
  • Culinary workshops.
  • Project programs.

Area of Impact

We work with high-Andean communities that are located between 3,200 – 4,500 meters above sea level within the Urubamba Mountain Range which is parallel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

These communities are traditionally agricultural and pastoralist communities. Average education level is primary school. Spoken native language is Quechua, usually only men have average Spanish proficiency. Access to schools and public health is limited. Acess to the communities is either by foot or dirt roads. Population sizes range from 120 – 900 people corresponding to 30 – 95 families.

We started working with two families from two different communities. We now work with twenty different families from those communities and have incorporated project bonds with other seven communities upon request from community leaders. For every llama breeding family that participates in the project, at least two other families benefit by either selling their textiles, providing meals or assisting in the trek.

If one family works during nine days per month, every month, providing llama trek services, they would have enough income and skills to get out of their poverty condition and have enough weeks left to participate in all their community tasks.

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Project Sustainability

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Our efforts and actions are possible thanks to the solid combination of our nonprofit aimed at providing multidisciplinary sustainable education, and our social venture aimed at facilitating access of rural communities to tourism industry through inclusion, fair working conditions, long term networking and continuous skill building and sustainable tourism practices.

To make this opportunity a reality we have worked with community members in different areas to create:

  1. Llama Trek Service – Aimed to generate an alternative source of income and pride while providing a social and environmental minded tourism service.
  2. Project Programs – Aimed to further community and project goals while providing a rich intercultural education setting.
  3. Llama Park – Aimed to provide a model project of best practices, increase breeding capacity amongst community members and provide an interactive learning experience for visitors that wish to learn about high-Andean ways of life.

Llama Pack Team

Community Leaders

We always work with the approval of the community leaders after presenting the Llama Pack Project in community assembly.

 

Llama Breeding Families

We work with the Llama Breeding families that want to be part of the project and cooperate with other families that wish to collaborate in the project.

Community Schools

We have partnered with community schools to promote environmental awareness and general education needs, to make this project a long-term sustainable initiative.

Interpreters

All the interpreters that are part of the team work not only as guides for the llama treks but actively participate in the community skill building workshops and other project activities.

Project Leaders

We are both Peruvian social communicators with backgrounds in cultural and identity project management and masters in conservation area management.

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Accomplishments

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  • We partner with 5 community schools to assist in environmental education.
  • 5 agencies commit to start selling the Llama Trek.
  • We reach an average of nine treks per month.

  • The Llama Pack Project makes to the 5 finalists out of 170 project for the Kunan Award which promotes innovative approaches to social entrepreneurship.
  • The Llama Pack Project is chosen by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism and the Instituto Europeo de Diseño, as one of the two representatives of the tourism industry in Peru as an innovative social approach to tourism services, on an international design contest.
  • 7 community leaders reach out to us to be part of the project.
  • 2D/1N, 2D/2N and 5D/4N Llama Trek Service is tested and launched.
  • We reach an outstanding sale of 9 Llama Treks in one month only through Trip Advisor.

  • We develop an effective communication system given that there is no phone signal in the communities involved.
  • Llama Trek service is tested several times.
  • Llama Trek service is launched on Trip Advisor.
  • We reach an average of two treks per month in the first 6 months.
  • 15 families from those two communities join the Llama Pack Project.
  • Rotating work network is implemented.

  • Llama Pack Project is born.
  • Two families from two communities participate in the idea.
  • Llama trek service idea is developed in partnership with the community members.