Visiting foreign countries and experiencing cultures different from our own tends to open our eyes to both the troubles and successes of others. When Tina and Lasse Elvang travelled to Peru in 2002 they were mesmerised by the country, its people and the importance of the alpaca. The alpaca is an unusual looking animal that has played an integral role in Peruvian culture and its economy. It was an animal that was often seen by Tina and Lasse when they went backpacking through Peru after finishing University – and the experience changed the course of their lives.