One of the most urgent aspects related to alpaca raising in Perú is that of the living conditions of the herdsmen.  Owing to their location in the higher parts of the Peruvian Andes, frequently over 4500 metres above sea level, and their distance from population centres, the living quarters of the alpaca herdsmen are extremely precarious, without utilities and are poorly disposed to withstand the intense cold that characterizes these lands.

Pacomarca has thus decided to embark on a programme of improvement of the quality of these dwellings; this takes place within the framework of an ecological design employing local building materials (adobe and straw) but providing the living quarters with innovative heating systems and some basic utilities.  The idea is that the prototypes being built in Pacomarca might be reproduced in other parts of the country.