Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions invites kindhearted adventure travelers to join owner Diane Valenti in gifting a llama to a deserving Peruvian family this holiday season. The donation valued at $150 per animal is made possible through Heifer International, the organization that empowers people by providing animals that can make a difference in their livelihoods.

“The power these gentle beasts have over my guests as we trek with them in the Peruvian Andes is well worth a pay-back,” says Llama Expeditions founder Diane Valenti. “To make the trek with llamas, the camel-like beasts of burden of the Incas, is to follow in the traditional steps of a great civilization in a way that leaves minimal impact on the land and a positive effect on a local family’s income.”

Valenti has announced that she will be donating $150 to Heifer International to cover the cost of one gifted llama this season. The company is encouraging others to think about that person on their list that already has everything and to honor them with a gift of a llama ($150) or shares of a llama (at $20 per share) in their name this holiday.
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Donors have the ability to create and print a custom Honor Card to announce the gift and because the donation is helping Heifer fight hunger and poverty, the contribution is tax deductible.

Llamas help bring sustenance to families who care for them, providing transportation, rental income and wool for blankets, ponchos, carpets and rope. This year’s Heifer International catalog tells the story of a couple who now have a herd of 60 alpacas from their starter two. Each animal provides four pounds of wool, the proceeds of which are helping to educate the couple’s children.

Llama Expeditions offers a range of guided tours through Peru, from sightseeing and surfing to multi-day hikes along the Inca Trail. In addition to taking in the stunning scenery and experiencing true adventure, these tours also allow travelers to make a personal connection to the country and its people.

“The company fills the spot between responsible tourism and voluntourism,” said Valenti.  “This is a real vacation for people who work hard and want a chance to relax. But it’s also a chance for culturally curious travelers to make a meaningful connection with the people and the land of Peru.” Guests are encouraged to “pay-it-forward” by contributing to a variety of local community development organizations. See:

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