Alpaca Farm is located at Mitzpe Ramon in Southern Israel. Though it is called Alpaca Farm, there are many Lamas and other animals as well. Let’s begin our visit!
Map of the area:
We wondered to the Andes Mountains in South America, which rise over 4,000m above sea level. In the Andes, we first met the charming llamas and alpacas. The alpacas, which looked like a combination of graceful deer with wooly sheep (but are miniature camels), captured our hearts immediately. It was love at first sight, and that is how the idea of bringing them to Israel started.
For months we traveled between the villages in the mountains where Indians who are descendants of the famous Inca live. We learned that the alpacas had a vital role in the economy and culture of the Inca empire. They milked the alpacas, knitted clothes from their fine wool to protect the people from the piercing cold, the llamas were used as beasts of burden and even as sacrifices to the gods.
We picked out and bought the finest alpacas and llamas we saw and once we had a nice herd we all flew together in a special flight back home.
In Israel we searched for a suitable place; high, arid, cool, beautiful and spacious. In the Negev highlands, where three wadis, scattered with 2,000 years old Nabatians terraces, intersect, we built the alpaca farm. We soon found out that the natural charm of the animals and the colorful activity in the farm, combined with the idea of a settlement in the highlands and the beautiful landscapes, created an attractive site for visitors of all ages from all around Israel and the world. Up to date, we had over one million visitors on our farm!
We found out that the existing wool spinners cannot process the alpaca wool, which is much finer and has many more different colors than the sheep wool. We then established in the farm the wool hut where we spin our wool.
The location right in the heart of the unspoiled Negev highlands, the beautiful desert scenery, the rare geological phenomena of the craters and the rich history, make the farm an ideal starting point for desert horse rides. We purchased wild horses and trained them for the desert rides. Our horses won national and international titles but are also known for their excellent temper.
Today we raise a herd of llamas and alpacas, horses, donkeys, angora sheep, and many more animals. The whole process of the wool production takes place in the farm- the raising of the animals, the shearing and the spinning of the wool- and that makes the farm one of its kind in the world!
We will be very happy to have you on our farm!
The Dvir family, the llamas and the alpacas.
Note: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official site.
Summer: 08:30 – 18:30
Winter: 08:30 – 16:30
Entry with pets is not allowed.
Entrance Fee (for individuals)
Adult/children over three years old 30 NIS
Soldier/policeman/college student/pensioner 25 NIS (showing ID card)
Handicap 15 NIS(showing ID card)
The Entrance Fee includes the Story Of the Farm, Feeding The Alpaca and the Lama from the hand and independent tour around the Farm. Also, the rate includes some of the kids’ corner activities.
Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in April 2019. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.
Alpaca Farm also offers horseback rides.
The farm is a great starting point for horseback rides- the cliffs, the crater, the extraordinary scenery, and observation points, the Nabatian terraces and tiny orchards assure it will be an unforgettable ride.
Currently, there are three horseback ride options:
- “Rim-Ride” – A peaceful 1.5 hours ride to the crater’s rim, suitable for everyone (over the age of 9). And it costs 175 NIS during weekdays and 195 NIS on weekends.
- “Extended-Rim” – 2.5-hour ride suitable for experienced riders who can trot and canter. And it costs 300 NIS during weekdays and 450 NIS on weekends.
- “The Real Thing” – is a four hour horseback ride that takes you down to the crater. And it costs 600 NIS during weekdays and 900 NIS on weekends.
Note: the mentioned prices are per rider.
Suites & Cabins
You can find Suites & Cabins at Alpaca Farm. Thus, if you want to stay at the farm, or explore the area for a few days, this can be a good option. You can check availability and prices of find this property and others in the Negev using Booking.com.
Alpaca vs Lama
Do you how to determine who is who? It is quite simple: Lama is bigger and stronger and used to carry weights. In the same manner as camels used in the desert. While Alpaca is much tender animal, and the main purpose is its beautiful fur.
This is lama:
Do you know who the closest Animals of Lama and Alpaca are? Maybe it’s hard to believe, but it’s the camel (actually they were created as breeding of different camel types). Thus, they also have habits of camels. Meaning if you get on their nerves, they will spit on you.
Visiting Alpaca Farm During Passover
We visited the alpaca farm during Passover vacation. It is the season when shearing of the alpacas take place. We received a short explanation and a demonstration.
Then we were invited into a small factory where the wool is processed.
We learned about the process of spinning the alpaca wool – from fleece to yarn.
As you can see according to machinery, there are several steps in the productions. They start from washing, combing, and end with thread production. These threads are later used for clothing.
There is a small store where you can buy some of their products. There were mainly small clothing accessories like gloves and hats.
And these are alpacas:
In the following a short video, that my Dad made, you can see our guide telling a little about the process.
Alpaca farm is located near Mitzpe Ramon. And Mitzpe Ramon overlooks over Ramon Crater. At Mitzpe Ramon you can hike along the edge of the crater or visit Makhtesh Ramon visitors center. Inside Ramon Crater, you can visit HaMinsara and Ammonite Wall. And a little further ahead you can find Ein Avdat And Avdat National Parks.
My daughter (who was four years old during the visit) enjoyed the visit. And since they have the shearing festival at the Alpaca Farm annually during Passover vacation, this would be the recommended visiting period. Thus, if you love animals, this can be a beautiful several hours attraction.
Also, I have not explicitly mentioned, but the tour is aimed at families with children.
Note: if you want to see full guide for this area, check out Mitzpe Ramon And Makhtesh Ramon post.
Have you ever been to Alpaca Farm? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!