One lazy weekend at home, I was browsing through the Groupon website to find some fun activities to do in the Dallas area and I came across “Llama Lessons at ShangriLlama”.
ShangriLlama…doesn’t it sound intriguing? Well, intrigued I was.
ShangriLlama is the name of a llama farm where you can join dozens of curiosity seekers and llama lovers for an up close and personal llama lesson. Llamas in Texas! Can you imagine?!
I love animal adventures and I knew I had to try this. I got a Groupon for the husband and I to visit ShangriLlama for a Llama Lesson one Saturday, and it is the best Groupon activity I’ve done yet.
Merry Monday and a happy new week!???? This blue eyed Llama and I hope you have a brilliant week, filled with laughter, joy, lights ✨, lots of hot cocoa ☕ (or whatever is your poison ????), and all that you want it to be! And then, it’s Christmas!???????? #mondayvibes #shineallday #hellomonday #llamawithnodrama #girlinchief
Llamas are native to South America. Locals use them as pack animals as they can carry up to 25-30% of their own body weight for several miles. They also have unique feet that makes them remarkably sure-footed even on rocky ground.
They live in herds, and there are social ranks within the group. We learned that their social ranks can change even weekly so the farm maintains a system where they can keep track of the current ranking. They are highly personality-packed and we got to see each one’s unique character traits in the couple of hours we spent with them.
Overall, llamas are very gentle and social creatures and can be easily trained.
What’s the Difference Between Llamas and Alpacas?
Llamas not the same as alpacas. You can tell a llama from an alpaca a few different ways, but my favorite is that llamas have banana-shaped ears. That’s why they are nicknamed “Banana-heads”. ????????????
Also, llamas are much bigger, and do not produce nearly the amount of wool that alpacas do.
Another thing that differentiates them from alpacas is that unlike alpacas, llamas don’t spit. Although we learned that they do spit at each other, so just be sure to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.
What to Expect at ShangriLlama
As you reach the rather unusual private ranch, Papa Llama will greet you outside, help you with the parking and cross check your name in his list. Mama Llama (she’s in charge) meets you at the entrance and directs you to the barn. You’re allowed to show up 20 minutes before your hour long Llama Lesson, and you can stay for an additional 20 minutes afterwards. There’s enough time to take as many pictures as you want.
During the lesson, Mama Llama shares all about llamas using her lovely llamas as examples.
And the Llama Lessons happen rain or shine since the actual lesson is held inside the barn. Afterward, depending on the weather, you can follow the llamas outside the barn for some great photos. The llamas are quite friendly too! They’ll happily pose with you.
Some Weird Llama Facts We Learned
- Llamas emit a scent when they are feeling intimidated. It comes from their ankles and smells like popcorn! How irresistible!
- Llamas can run extremely fast! They are just about fast as horses!
- These fascinating pack animals even poop in a pyramid, with the leader crowning the top of the manure pile with his odor-free, nutrient-rich, bean-shaped droppings. If you haven’t realized yet, it means they all poop in the same place. Naturally potty-trained I must say!
- Sometimes llamas like to be greeted with a huff of breath right in their faces! To say hello to a llama, blow in its face. A friendly llama will smell your breath and remember who you are the next time you visit! He may even flare his nostrils and blow back at you.They will sometimes come up to you and put their mouths right in front of yours, waiting for you to breathe on them! How cool is that!
- Llamas can’t kick you like horses do! You can stand behind them and be assured nothing will happen.
What to Wear
- Closed toe shoes
- Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty
How to Sign Up for Llama Lessons
You can buy your discounted tickets here or here. Once you’ve bought your Groupon voucher, you’ll need to sign up for your Llama Llesson time slot as per the calendar available and use the Groupon email voucher code to get your discount. Complete directions on how to do this will come to your email with your Groupon code. It’s simple!
ShangriLlama, located in Royse City, Texas, is about 40 minutes drive from Dallas. You will get the complete address of the place once you book your time slot for the Llama Lesson.
Meet the Llamas
He is the leader of the pack. Dalai is an unusual llama with two blue eyes which is rare. He is extremely peaceful in nature and so beautiful with his fluffy white coat. The name Dalai Llama suits him perfectly!
Barack O Llama
Don’t mistake his name for Obama Llama or Osama Llama. That’s not funny! (Well, it kinda is…????) He is a Chilean llama and has the softest coat.
This is Bahama Llama. He was the funniest one among his mates. Let me say it was a tad bit difficult to get a picture clicked with him as he would keep running away. But he was fun!
This is Drama Llama from Argentina. He has a beautiful Appaloosa coat, a merle face and a fringed neck! Let me say he really lived up to his name. As Mama Llama told us, he was kinda in a bad, sulky mood the day we visited. All the time we were there, he kept making a humming sound which could mean he was either uncomfortable, worried or simply curious.
Como te Llama
This is Como te Llama. This llama here is a star! He was cast as the star of “Llama Cop,” a Starz Digital comedy. His name in Spanish means “What’s Your Name?”
If you’re in the Dallas area, you must check out ShangriLlama! It’s such a fun place that everyone’s going to love. You can either go for the Llama lessons or the Llama walk.
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OMG STOP SO CUTE! When we were in Peru there were SO many alpacas and I loved them so such!
I know right? I couldn’t stop touching them. I’m sure these animals must be thinking I’m a crazy person. ???? Alpacas are a bit different from llamas, although they almost look alike.
Was so looking forward to this post after seeing those pics on CultureTrav! I’m definitely bookmarking this for a later trip to Dallas and sharing it with our family there 🙂 SO CUTE!
Thanks for stopping by Lynn! Glad you enjoyed this post. I totally feel this is a must-do activity when in Dallas. How often does one get to touch and feel and have fun with llamas?!
So cute! They are such interesting animals!
Absolutely! And they full on personalities and quirks like us humans! ????
They are so cute! This makes me want to see if there are any Llama lessons in Georgia. My mama would love it! We call her the animal whisperer. Haha! How cute is it that they come up to you and wait on you to blow on them? This makes me want a Llama! Ha!
I know right? I had no idea what llamas are all about. This was super fun! It’ll be great it you can experience this in Georgia. I’ve heard there are quite a few llamas in the US. ????
OH.MY.GOSH. This is the cutest post ever! My mom loves Llamas too, so I am sending this post to her right now!
Hahaha…Thank you so much Kristin! I’m glad you enjoyed this post and thanks for sharing the love! ????
These photos are so adorable! I didn’t realize that llamas can be so friendly! It looks like you had a great experience there.
Absolutely Lora! We had a blast! Llamas are super friendly, gentle and highly social animals. I was a lil’ scared in the beginning but once Mama Llama explained everything about the llamas, it was all fun and play! ????
Omg this look like such a cool thing to do, I’m jelly ! I wish we had something similar here. They all look so adorable. I want a selfie with a llama as cool as yours 😀
Hahaha…yes! This was the coolest and most fun activity I’ve done so far in Dallas. And it’s surprising not many people know about it. That selfie is for keeps! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
SHANGRILLAMA. BAHAMA LLAMA. COMO TE LLAMA. Seriously, what’s not to love here? I’m dying.
Hehe yes! It was a total blast! 🙂