Guanacos on Tour in Argentina
Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially
Visitors hoping to observe the South American camelid from which the other three species evolved are in luck if they travel to Argentina, where most of the world’s remaining guanacos are found. Guanacos are distributed through many areas of Argentina, north and south. Though some guanacos inhabit La Pampa Province, southern Buenos Aires Province and around Cordoba, the farthest north you are likely to see the species if you travel with Southern Explorations is on our wine tours to Argentina in Mendoza Province, On two of the trips there we offer an alternative itinerary extension to travel up Mt. Aconcagua as far as the Chilean border, our nine-day Argentina Mountains and Wineries trip and our fourteen-day Patagonia and Wineries trip and as well as on our four-day Mendoza tour extension.
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Guanacos on Tour
The most likely place to encounter guanacos anywhere in Argentina is during Patagonia tours. Guanacos mate between November and February in the southern regions of Argentina and most are born in mid-December or January. This is when visitors schedule their Patagonia hiking tours, so baby guanacos have been the most the most adorable photo of many a Patagonia vacation.
Four of Southern Explorations’ trips travel to Tierra del Fuego where most of the Argentina Patagonia guanacos reside, the thirteen-day Best of Argentina trip, the fourteen and sixteen-day versions of the Australis Cruise and Patagonia Hiking trip and the twenty-one day Full Patagonia tour. All of these trips also travel to one or more additional destinations in Argentina Patagonia that are prime guanaco habitat. In the more southerly regions of Argentina Patagonia, these include Los Glaciares National Park and in Northern Patagonia, Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Valdes Peninsula, though while on the peninsula during our Full Patagonia trip or tour extension, travelers usually have their cameras pointed at the Magellanic penguins and many other marine wildlife species.
Sufficient numbers of guanacos remain to make them a common sight if one chooses to travel to Chile as well. Eight of the Argentina-Chile combo Patagonia trips that we offer visit areas in both countries where guanacos may be spotted. You may even encounter a few guanacos if you take one of our Antarctic cruises that travel to the Falkland Islands along the way, the sixteen to twenty-four day Antarctic Explorer trips.