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Today I was in the mood to fly away and visit my photos of Patagonia. After a while I decided to spend some time in this gorgeous wild place with absolutely no one else at sight.
I found this group of 3 wild guanacos while aproaching Lago Roca, about 50km west of El Calafate and south of Península Magallenes. Contrary to what I thought they didn't run away when I tried to get closer to them. In fact, they even moved towards me keeping a safe distance. After a while two of them lost interest but the one in the middle still kept curious about me for quite a long time.
Guanaco is native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America and it's pretty easy to find them in Patagonia.

wiki says:
The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid animal native to South America that stands between 107 and 122 centimeters (3.5 and 4 feet) at the shoulder and weighs about 90 kg (200 lb). The colour varies very little, ranging from a light brown to dark cinnamon and shading to white underneath. Guanacos have grey faces and small straight ears. They are extremely striking with their large, alert brown eyes, streamlined form, and energetic pace. The name Guanaco comes from the South American language Quechua word "huanaco." Young guanacos are called chulengo(s).

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