northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the
year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their
fibre. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool.
These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world.
The fire comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the United States.
An adult alpaca generally is between 81–99 centimetres (32–39 in) in height at the shoulders (withers).
They usually weigh 48–84 kilograms (106–185 lb).