National Geographic : 1938 Feb
Photograph by Martin Chambi J. LLAMAS AND LONGER-WOOLED ALPACAS GRAZE IN THE CHILL SHADOW OF AUSANGATE SNOW PEAK AT LAURAMARCA, PERU Without the strange, somewhat camel-like llama and its relatives, such a highly developed civilization as that ofthe Incas could hardly have existed. The llama, though grudging and temperamental, provided wool, meat, and transportation for goods, as it does to this day (Color Plates III, VI, and pages 243, 259, and 263). Finer and more abundant wool is obtained from the long-coated alpaca, but the best of all comes from the vicufia, small, fleet, softly tan color, and growing scarce. The guanaco, sometimes hunted as game, is a wild form somewhat larger and more graceful than the llama.