Guanaco fiber is particularly prized for its soft, warm feel and is found in luxury fabric. The guanaco's soft wool is valued second only to that of the vicuña. The pelts, particularly from the calves, are sometimes used as a substitute for red fox pelts, because the texture is difficult to differentiate. Like their domestic descendant, the llama, the guanaco is double-coated with coarse guard hairs and a soft undercoat, comparable to the best cashmere.
Route 47 (Ruta Provincial 47) is a very scenic gravel road which follows the Valdes Peninsula's East coast. The road is 83 km long and links the Estancia Punta Norte and the town of Punta Delgada,
As the evening fell, it was incredibly peaceful and vast, with the ocean on our left and the road going as far as the eye could see. The open grasslands were occasionally dotted with guanacos and sheep, which watched with a distrustful eye as we passed.
After a long solitary drive across the slippery gravel of route 52 we prepared to turn onto route 3. We were surprised to see another car, which had stopped right at the intersection, and left as soon as we approached.
We quickly discovered the reason for their stop; a burrowing owl was comfortably perching on a road sign, the highest point in this grassland, and was camly surveying its surroundings for dinner.
The owl was kind enough to let me snap a few photos before continuing our journey.