Looking for a unique yet educational outdoor activity this summer? Try a llama-guided hike with ShangriLlama. An adventure company like no other, ShagriLlama offers three-hour hikes with llamas on the beautiful El Cajon Trail in Yorba Linda.
Llamas are members of the camel family, and are native to the Andean highlands of Peru. A calm, hardy, healthy animal that doesnt bite, have fleas or bark, the llama was originally used as a pack animal and for its wool. Here in the United States, the llama is primarily a family pet.
The average llama weighs in at about 300 pounds and is 5 to 6 feet tall at the head. An intelligent, highly social animal, the llama must have the companionship of other llamas and thrives in a pack. The remarkable llama can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour and will live 20-plus years.
Meet the pack of male llamas at ShangriLlama:
Dalai Llama: A 2-year-old white llama with crystal blue eyes.
Barack O'Llama: A blackish brown teenage llama who likes to get frisky.
Pajama Llama: The alpha llama, PJ keeps the other boys in line.
Bahama Llama: A multicolored llama with a heart of gold and a stomach full of food.
On the ShangriLlama walk, each hiker walks a friendly and docile llama, trading llamas throughout the hike so every hiker can experience the quirky and curious personalities of all the llamas. You will learn interesting facts about the animals and participate in a llama quiz game. Once you reach the park you will be able to feed the llamas and also have a picnic lunch that was carried on the back of the lead llama.
These fun hikes are offered for kids and adults ages 12 and up. "Llama Mama" Sharon Bruscato, owner of ShangriLlama, said the age restriction is for the llamas' protection; the person guiding the llama must be able to control him at all times. Llamas are calm animals and easy to control but sometimes will try to eat plants along the path that may be poisonous, she said.
Llama walks are scheduled Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. During the summer months, weekday walks can be scheduled by request.
The price for these fantastic hikes is $50 per person for a group of four, and everyone gets to lead a llama in the pack. The fifth through eighth people in a larger group pay $25 each and share a llama. Groups larger than eight are charged $25 per person and also share llamas. Paypal and credit cards are accepted.