• Travels to Peru

    Travels to Peru:
    The Alpaca Motherland

Whats up with Rising Sun

Rising Sun

I’m a bit of celebrity around the farm and on social media. My fleece is super soft and luxurious, but even more than that, I’m apparently a one-of-a-kind, perfect specimen of an alpaca! I’m also as lovable as I am handsome, so pop into Shamarra Alpacas for a tour and a pat.

Whats up with Harlequin


A glamorous damsel through and through, I’m a big fan of being groomed well ahead of a photo op (your next selfie on a farm tour). My big eyes look even better when my fleece is on fleek. And I’ve been known to wear the odd denim jacket or hat, depending on the season.

But don’t be intimidated by my flair for fashion; I’m always up for a solid cuddle like my other friends.

Whats up with Tornado


I absolutely adore wee human kiddos and alpaca babies alike! Arguably the friendliest of all the furry faces here at Shamarra, I like to get visits and snuggles year-round.

Our passion and fascination of alpacas naturally fuelled our desire to travel to Peru to the Alpaca Motherland.

Our wish came true in 2017 which coincided with a 50th birthday celebration where the whole family met up in Peru.  A second trip was made in June 2019 to Arequipa and the Altiplano and sealed our love for this incredible country.  We plan to return for another visit in the near future.

May 2017 – Arequipa

After an overnight stay in Lima, we flew to Arequipa, nicknamed the“La Ciudad Blanca” or “white city”  for its unique white buildings made from a local volcanic material called sillar.  A week in Arequipa simply was not enough to see all its hidden treasures.  Arequipa soon became one of our favourite places for a multitude of reasons.

Arequipa is the epicentre of alpaca processing with the two largest processors headquartered in this city, Inca Tops and Michell.  We were treated to private tours of both mills, seeing the scale of the alpaca industry in Peru.  The experience was truly humbling, watching the ladies sorting and classing the fleece into micron bandwidths with skill and speed and many years of experience.

Sol and Kuna are top of the line alpaca retail stores in Peru, if not the world, both retailing exquisite vicuna products alongside a stunning range of alpaca garments.

Alpaca, sightseeing, gastronomy and pisco sours will keep us coming back to Arequipa!

(Photos around Arequipa of the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, Misti Volcano, Market, Pisco sour in Plaza de Armas, Monasterio de Santa Catalina and a rescued vicuna at a sanctuary)

Shamarra Alpacas view over Akaroa
  • “Brilliant experience. Great to know about alpacas. The farm and the views are stunning!”

    Ashesh, Google Review – March 2024

  • “A magical experience amongst amazing creatures and a once in a lifetime chance. Exploring the nature of the alpacas was just incredible, I am speechless. Something you have to experience for yourself as visual does not even come close to the reality of the encounter.”

    Kiawine, Viator Review – February 2024

  • After discovering this place before COVID and postponing a 2020 trip, I can genuinely say it was worth the wait! Turning the curves of the mountains and seeing the Akaroa peninsula, it's like heaven on earth. We had gorgeous weather, and coupled with the views, it made for a perfect visit to see the alpacas. On the tour, you travel to different pens, seeing the different animals. They each have their own personality and their fur is unbelievably soft. I highly recommend making a stop at Shamarra, and don't think a New Zealand vacation will be complete without it!

    Rebekah, Google Review – January 2024

  • “The staff were absolutely amazing. They took such good care of us and made the experience very enjoyable. Worth every penny. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Akaroa!”

    Julia, Google Review – March 2024

  • “If you are an animal lover, a visit to Shamarra Alpacas is one of the very best ways you can spend an hour!!! The staff are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, sharing so much interesting information about their beautiful alpacas. The alpacas are simply amazing - from cuddles with the boys to feeding the girls and babies, being surrounded by the amazing animals brings so much joy!!!! Akaroa is a beautiful little part of New Zealand, and Shamarra Alpacas are just the icing in the cake!”

    Cassie V, Google Review – April 2024