Chile: Vicunas in the Las Vicunas National Reserve

Vicuna is the smallest of the South American camelids and the only one that never was domesticated (unlike llamas and alpacas). Their wool is valued around the world as the most expensive and finest, and in the medieval times, the Inca valued vicuna fur more then gold and the animals were considered sacred. There is an entire reserve in the Antiplano – Las Vicunas National Reserve – that is dedicated to the protection of these beautiful and graceful animals.