Llamas, vicuñas, spectacled bears, condors and more ... the animals you'll see on the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail isn't known for its wildlife, though it does have some cool species like Andean bears, vicuñas and Andean condors. But really it's the domesticated animals that are the real drawcards: visitors to the Andes commonly see llamas and alpacas!
Llamas and alpacas
Llamas are pretty smart animals and so are able to learn some simple tasks after a bit of repetition.
The Incas prized vicuñas for their wool, and it was actually illegal for anyone but royals to wear garments from made from vicuña wool!
Interestingly, the closest extant relative of the spectacled bear is the giant panda, which lives on the other side of the planet!
The Andean deer is an endangered and elusive species with short fur and small horns.
Andean mountain cats
The Andean mountain cat is traditionally considered a sacred animal by the Aymara and Quechua people.
Chinchillas have the the densest fur of any land mammal – 50 hairs grow out of each follicle!
The Andean condor is the largest bird of prey in the world!