Es Currals Alpacas Ibiza is the brainchild of the Belgian couple San & Bart. Years ago, when they first came into contact with alpacas and their wonderful wool due to San’s passion for weaving, they started to dream of owning their own alpaca farm. A second dream came quickly: to move to the paradise island of Ibiza. Dreams became plans and on 10 August 2019 all of these finally came true: after years of research and months of hard work to make the finca ‘alpaca ready’, 5 beautiful alpacas arrived in Ibiza from Belgium in the early morning hours. Mojo, Lewis, Marron, Dusty and Barbarella were given a new home in a magical setting on and around a traditional Ibicenco-finca amidst the wild nature in Northern Ibiza: Es Currals Alpacas Ibiza.
Alpacas: Fluffy gold from the Andes Mountains
Alpacas originate from the Andes Mountains in South America: mainly Peru, but also Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. They belong to the camelid family, just like their distanst cousins the llamas and camels. Living at altitudes between 2500 and 4500 meters above sea level, they are used to withstanding extreme weather conditions with temperatures ranging between +30°Celsius and -20 Celsius in one day. Hence nature provided them with a unique protection: an excellent fur coat in 24 different colours and over 250 shades. Thousands of years before the first Spanish Conquistadores set foot on this continent, they were already being domesticated as cattle by the local tribes for their unique wool.
Es Currals: full coral circle
The name Es Currals is derived from the word ‘corrals’, wide areas fenced of with rockstones that thousands of years ago were used by local farmers in the Andes Mountains as a resting place for their herds of up to tens of thousands of alpacas and llamas. Also in Ibiza the local agricultural population as been using ‘currals’ – as they are called in the local Ibicenco dialect – for centuries as ancient stonewall enclosures for their cattle.
Alpacas: cuddly zensation
Unlike their larger and rougher cousins the llamas, alpacas are gentle animals with a supercuddly appearance. However, alpacas do not always like to be cuddled. They are extremely curious but at the same time very cautious as the are prey animals. Hence it takes a lot of patience and training to make the animals familiar with humans, but once they have become accustomed to man and child, they are wonderful, photogenic companion animals. Partly because of their soft character and warm, humming sound, they are sometimes called the ultimate Zen Bringers.
No circus animals
The health and quality of life of our alpacas is of the utmost importance to us. Alpacas are popular and irresistibly cute animals, but as a sustainable eco-company we make a point of minimising the impact on both our animals and their natural environment. Our alpaca farm is not a zoo and our alpacas are not circus animals, which is why Es Currals Alpacas Ibiza is a private family business and not open to the public. But since we obviously understand that there is a lot of interest in meeting our alpacas, we occasionally open our doors to visitors. Only by appointment, though. For more info, see ‘contact‘.
Alpacas are sheared only once a year, so every tuft is almost literally worth its weight in gold.
For centuries, alpacas have been praised for their wonderful coats. Alpaca wool has unique qualities: softer than silk, rarer than cashmere and warmer than sheep’s wool. Alpaca wool is also water and fire resistant, hypoallergenic, elastic and insulating.
Our animals are selected for the excellent quality of their wool, which we process manually into unique scarves and other weaving creations in our own weaving studio.
alpacas in the world
lives in Peru
ago domesticated as cattle by Peruvian farmers
The first alpacas exported from Peru to the U.S.
Did you know?
Alpacas fight cancer
Alpacas fight cancer
A recent study by the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and Research at the Biomedicine Institute in Barcelona discovered that alpaca nanobodies can be used as a form of immunotherapy against cancer cells. The research is still at an early stage, but the first results with alpaca cells as cancer fighters are so hopeful that we are proud to mention that these magnificent animals contribute in the fight against this terrible disease.
Alpaca poo is magic manure
Alpaca poo is magic manure
Unlike other cattle, alpacas are clean animals that always releave themselves in the same spot on their pastures. This way they create their own poo loo, as it were. But that’s not all: alpaca manure, which comes in the shape of rabbit droppings or so-called ‘beans’, also work wonders as magical fertilizer. No wonder alpaca poo has been called ‘the viagra of the plant world’.