Great Family Adventures: Wild Earth Llama Adventures

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Bet your kids have never bonded with a llama. Bet they’d love to. Let them—in gorgeous Taos, New Mexico. Stuart Wilde, who owns Wild Earth Llama Adventures, is a naturalist guide who customizes adventures geared toward families with children. A parent himself, he knows how to make the experience educational and fun. During his multi-day treks through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande Gorge, families summit peaks, explore forests, and discover alpine lakes, all while learning about native wildlife, forest ecology, and basic wilderness skills. They’re attended to by a staff of gentle pack llamas, all of whom have been rescued and rehabilitated. Wild Earth’s human employees, meantime, cook up fresh, multicultural meals.

OUTFITTER: Wild Earth Llama Adventures is a leave-no-trace trekking outfitter in its 20th season.

ITINERARY: Customizable, but it all stays in the greater Taos area.

DATES: Custom reservations are available.

PRICE: Overnight pack trips start at $329 per adult; two-night adventures cost $499; and three-night outings are $649. Children younger than age 12 pay $119 per day, and the price for ages two and younger is $69 per day. Rates include guidance, all meals, use of camping gear, and the services of pack llamas.

INFO:, (888) 758-5262.

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