Learn about Alpacas

We at the Rugged Andes Trading Company love and are fascinated by alpacas, and we are glad that you want to learn more about them!

Alpacas were domesticated about 6,000 years ago in the Andes mountains of South America, and to this day that is where the vast majority of them live. Learn more about alpacas.

Alpacas are raised for their wool, which is a material of incredible properties. Find out why alpaca wool is so fantastic.

Alpacas are one of four cameloid species from the Americas, along with the llama, vicuña, and guanaco. Learn about the alpaca's cousins.

Most people share similar curiosities when they first begin to learn about alpacas. Here are answers to some of the most common alpaca questions we receive.

Our most popular item is the ruana, a garment with a long and rich legacy in South American culture. Read about the history of the ruana.