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Another highlight of our trip to Chile late last year was taking the “Ruta del Fin del Mundo” the “Road to the end of the World” and going to Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Pane National Park in Patagonia. (Note: the name Paine is pronounced “Pie-nay” not “Pain” by Chileans)
Today I’m sharing a few of the pictures of the hour we spent standing among a herd of guanacos. We were actually looking for a puma and our guide Rafa and one member of our group got a brief look at one going over a ridge away from us but I didn’t see it. However, the scenery was spectacular and I’ll share some of that soon, but for today it’s the guanacos and ther wonderful babies, which are called chulengos For me they were the scene stealers.and we were within a hundred feet of them and they were all around us!
“Ruta del Fin del Mundo”
the “Road to the end of the World”
Guanacos are the wild ancestors of llamas. They like to stand on hill tops and watch alertly for pumas, their main predator. They aren’t hunted much, if at all, as Chile doesn’t have a hunting culture.
Sometime guaacos lie down, but they can stll be alert.
At least a few members of the herd were always alert.
Baby guanacos are called chulengos and they are so cute! Maybe cuter than kittens and puppies even. Opinions differ.
Safe besde Mom.
And fnally twin chulengos! For overwhelming cuteness see my YouTube vdeo of guanacos and chulengos.