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Welcome to the official website of The Bolivian Llamas

Harper’s Fiesta Farms, located in beautiful North San Diego County, is home to one of the largest Bolivian herds in the U.S. Not that quantity is better than quality, but by having a larger number of quality llamas to choose from, we can better serve our clients and be able to offer a wider range of diverse bloodlines. We utilize 7 world-class Bolivian herdsires and produce 20 -30 outstanding crias a year.




Breathtaking, Extraordinary Male. In fact, the most extraordinary we’ve ever seen in 24 years!! This is a true “suri” fibered llama…not a “suri type”. His Silky, Spiral Fiber hangs straight to the ground. Taking Stretch to the Extreme with Style and Presence to burn! Very gentle disposition. Sire of High Sellers, Champion Offspring and Award Winning Fleeces.

Everything You Need to Know About a Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Everything You Need to Know About a Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Haleakala is a very beautiful place and you must consider going there if you are going to a Hawaii tour because Haleakala is one of the most beautiful places around Hawaii. The Haleakala is famous all around the world for the incredible sunrise tours. If you have planned to go on a Haleakala Sunrise tour but don’t have any idea about what to expect when you go on the tour, then don’t worry because we are going talk about some important things that you should know before going to a Haleakala sunrise tour.

Usually, people prefer taking help from their friends that have been to Haleakala sunrise tour before and those, that do not have any of such friends in their friends’ list, prefer hiring the guides that are ready to provide their service in Haleakala. If you have also hired a guide for this purpose, you must consider reading this information very carefully because here we are going to provide you some helpful information about the preparations that you must make before going on a Haleakala Sunrise Tour.

Here are the most important things that you need to know about Haleakala Sunrise Tour.

Get ready for freezing temperature

The most parts of Hawaii are popular for providing perfect weather to the visitors during the summer but Haleakala mount is the point where the temperature drops to its freezing point. Therefore, you must come prepared to deal with this situation. You must bring warm clothes with you that can wear when you reach the top of the mount. Make sure that you bring all the camping equipment with you if you have planned to spend a night on the mount. Don’t forget to bring the sleeping bags because you won’t be able to find this equipment on the top of the mount.


You’d have to hike for a few hours to reach the top of the mount which is quite an adventurous activity. But if you are not fit for hiking, you must consider booking a helicopter to reach the top of mount otherwise, you’d stuck in the middle of the mountain. If you are fit enough to go on a hiking tour, you must bring important accessories with you such as a stick, water, and some food.

Sunrise isn’t the only time to visit this mount

Most of the people like to reach the top of the mount during the sunrise as they want to see the beauty of this place during sunrise. We would like to inform you that sunrise isn’t the only time to reach the mount. This mount is popular for several other beautiful things. So, you can go there in the evening and visit all the beautiful spots and then spend the night there and enjoy the sunrise the next morning. This would be an ideal tour for you.

What to Look for When Buying a Dog Kennel

What to Look for When Buying a Dog Kennel

Having a dog is awesome – I should know, I adopted three!
Having a furry friend means you have to be responsible and perceptive to their needs. One of the best ways of taking care of your dog is by buying them a dog kennel if you plan on crating them. While choosing a dog kennel should not be difficult, you should ensure that you choose one that is a fit for your dog.

There are many things that need consideration when buying a kennel. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind:

The Cost

While you cannot put a price tag on the happiness and comfort of your dog, the budget available can greatly determine the kennel you can afford. It goes without saying that most cheap kennels are not good. You should also understand that just because a kennel is expensive, it does not mean it is the best. Do a lot of research and visit a few stores, you will definitely find a good dog kennel that will fit your budget.

The Size

The size of the dog kennel should be an important consideration. When it comes to kennel size, the bigger the better if you’re aiming for the best dog kennel for your furry friend. It is understandable if you do not have a lot of space in your backyard for the biggest kennel you find at the pet store, but ensure that the kennel you buy has enough space for your dog. It should have space for everything your dog will need, i.e. bed, food and water container, and space to move. The kennel needs to be high enough to accommodate your dog when they stand.


How The Kennel is Built

The dog kennel you buy should be strong and escape proof.  This is especially important if you have a boisterous or large dog. Buying a strong kennel will give you peace of mind because your dog will not only be safe but that they cannot tip over the kennel when they are jumping around or playing.

Little tip: Ground anchors are a good way of securely planting the kennel to the ground.


Easy Set Up

Most dog kennels are flat-packed and need to be assembled.  Generally, choose a kennel that is easy to assemble; assembling a dog kennel should not take more than 1 hour – even if it is your first. While buying a complete kennel is also an option, choosing the one you can assemble is a much better choice. It will be easy to disassemble the kennel and move it to let’s say a shadier part of your backyard.

Final Thoughts

While there other things that you might consider, the above-explained are the main things to look out for when buying a dog kennel.

Should You Hire a Professional Animal Transportation Service Company?

Animal owners who like to travel often face the problem of leaving their pets home. Renting a pet hostels can be expensive, and some owners are not ready to abandon their pets alone for an extended period.

The solution to the problem is to bring a pet with you. But if you’re not equipped with the proper transportation means, that could be a problem.

For all those animal owners who would like to keep their pets close even when they’re travelling, here are some tips on hiring a professional pet transportation service company.

Hiring an animal transportation service company

There’s a chance that most people didn’t hear of an animal transportation service company before, so it’s silly to expect that they’ll hire a company without fully understand the service.

Animal transportation service includes moving the animal to the desired destination. It’s been used whenever a new animal is transported to the zoo or a shelter, and it’s been used for commercial purposes for several decades now.

Where the need for such a service raised?

Since many public transportation companies don’t allow the pets to travel with their vehicles, people reached out to find a new way of transporting the animals. Soon the companies started to specialize in carrying the animals in cargos, and baskets and ship them to the desired destination. This way of transportation is safe and provides the animal with the comfort it needs, although it may seem different.

How to hire an animal transportation service company

There are several things you need to pay attention to before hiring a specialized transportation service company for your pet.
The reputation of the enterprise is their greatest asset. If the company holds a prominent position within the area of the industry, you might consider hiring them. Although reputation can be helpful, you need to cover all the other aspects of their business before you make your final decision.

When you’re assured that a company is respected in the business circles, you can now look further. Set up and interview and get to know their offer. What’s their business philosophy? Are they treating the animals with care while in the transportation box? Are they use tranquillizers for animals or not? Get as deep as you can with the questions, to be able to assess the company’s answers and filter the information you need.

Finally, check their pricing and other issues that are relevant to you. If you feel a company is professional and will provide quality service, don’t wait before you hire them. Your pets will appreciate it.



LLAMAS are a member of the camelid family. Other members of the camelid family are alpacas, guanacos, vicunas and camels. It is believed that llamas originated on the plains of North America about 40 million years ago. About 3 million years ago they migrated to South America. Lamas were domesticated about 6,000 years ago by the South American Indians. They were beasts of burden, known as “the ships of the Andes”. The Llama provided the Indians with meat to eat, wool to keep warm, hide for shelter and manure for fuel. They also carried their supplies up and down the steep mountains of South America.

LLAMAS are easy going and can adapt to a variety of situations. However they are very social animals and must have another Llama for companionship. Llamas are intelligent, peaceful, beautiful and very curious. They are easy to handle, easy to care for and easy to train. Llamas only spit when very upset and rarely at humans. It is usually at feeding time, at each other, to say, “Hey, that’s my food!”.

LLAMAS come in every shape, size and color. Llamas weigh about 225 to 400 pounds when fully grown. With proper care and management, you can expect your Llama to live for 20 to 30 years. They range from about 36 to 43 inches at the wither (highest point of shoulder). Colors range from black, brown, red, cream, white and gray. Or they can be a combination of all of these colors in patterns of paints, roans, appaloosas or solids. Their lightweight, dander free fiber ranges from coarse to ultra fine. There are uses for every type of fiber. Spinners find their wool a delight to work with!

LLAMAS do not have bad habits like digging, biting, barking or chewing. They are very quiet, but may let out an alarm call if startled, usually at a stray dog. They also hum if stressed. Llamas are very hardy and disease resistant, making veterinary costs minimal. They require a yearly vaccination and de-worming as needed. Toenails can be trimmed once or twice a year or as necessary. Our Llama’s toenails are done usually once a year when we shear them.

LLAMAS can be used for packing, breeding, pulling a cart, parades, therapy (they are proven stress relievers), pets, showing (some shows have cash prizes as much as $10,000!), 4H projects, wool, and many Llamas are used for investments. Llamas qualify for certain tax advantages. They may be depreciated and so can their housing and equipment.

LLAMAS are easy and economical to keep. Their pen requirements are minimal. A simple shelter should be provided to protect them from the elements. Llamas are inexpensive to feed as they have a highly efficient digestive system. They are a modified ruminant and chew their cud. A bale of hay will last a llama approximately 3 weeks or so. We feed grass hay with a little alfalfa every day. Pasture may also be fed. Free-choice minerals and a trace mineral salt block should be made available. They also need a constant supply of fresh water. Llamas form a community dung pile, making them easy to clean up after. Llamas should be sheared once a year, making grooming very simple.

LLAMA females can be bred at about 18 months of age or when ready (but not before 18 months). They are induced ovulators and may bred at any time during the year. After an approximate 350 days of gestation they will deliver a cria (baby llama). Birth normally occurs unassisted and during daytime hours. The cria will usually weigh somewhere between 20 and 30 pounds. Males are usually ready to breed at about 2 years of age.

LLAMAS are the perfect pets! At least we think so! Pets usually start in the $200 range with prices reaching into the thousands for premium breeding stock and top show animals. At certain times, we also have retired or non-productive females available for adoption at no cost.

For more information about Llama breeding. Click Here.