Our First (and Second) Time Eating Llama

Apparently Llama meat is a healthy alternative red meat… who knew! There’s less fat and less cholesterol than in beef, plus it´s really tasty!

The first time we tried llama meat was in a restaurant in San Pedro de Atacama which actually specialises in llama. We’d had a hard day trekking up Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) in the Atacama Desert so we figured we deserved a treat.

Sarah ordered a local chicken dish and I went for a good ol’ fashioned llama burger:

llama burger

A day later we were lucky enough to try llama again; this time a llama kebab cooked on a barbeque in the native-Chilean village of Machuca:

llama kebab

It tastes a lot like beef with a hint of lamb, but really succulent. It’s pretty close to one of my favourite meats… highly recommended!


Paddy likes cold beers, wide landscapes and ancient ruins - sometimes all at the same time. "Not all those who wander are lost".

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