A Glimpse of Guanacos

What animals have you met during your travels?

When we first went to Torres Del Paine National Park, we were told guanaco sightings were rare. I have no idea where we read that, but they were dead wrong; we saw them everywhere!

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They first surprised us on the trail, and we stumbled upon a huge herd as we were just driving through the park. They calmly munched on the golden grass until something spooked them all into a hasty retreat.. after which they’d gradually return.

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A couple troublemakers chased another individual here and there, running them clear out of the valley.

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But most entertaining were the few taking dust baths. Just seeing these gangly creatures rolling around on their backs in the dirt – long legs in the air – was enough to make us laugh. What funny creatures!

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We also got the chance to try guanaco meat at some of the local restaurants, and like most game animals, it tasted very similar to beef. However, I think we prefer to see them in the park than on the plate!

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