These native South-Americans can safely compete for the title of the cutest pets around the world. While the chances are you might not be able to see them in their natural habitat unless you travel to northern Chile, in the Andes Mountains, that should not stop you from learning more about these fantastic animals.
You may know well that chinchillas are often grown for their fur, but you may not be that well aware that they make quite excellent pets. Here are some interesting things about them.

Chinchillas can chew through almost anything

It is imperative to provide for your chinchilla if you don’t want everything you have around the house to end up chewed and destroyed. Because their teeth grow all the time – around 12 inches each year of their lives – they need to adjust the size of their dentition by chewing on things. The type of food you should give your chinchilla should stave this chewing craving, too.

Their fur is so soft because of the numerous hairs growing on each follicle

Even the locals living in the Andes Mountains used to hunt chinchillas for their furs, their soft coat being famous for a long time. One reason why people love to pet chinchillas is due to their fantastic soft fur. To give you an idea why their coat is so fabulous, let’s see some numbers.

From one follicle, a chinchilla will grow around 70-80 hairs. In comparison, human hairs grow only two or three from the same follicle.

Grooming consists of dust baths

A chinchilla will never be too fond of water, because of the long time it would need to have all that long and fluffy hair dry out. However, they are fantastic self-groomers, and they do not like their soft hair to remain unkempt and ugly. To get rid of all the dirt and extra oil from their fur, chinchillas take dust baths.

Chinchillas don’t see well

If you take a good look at your chinchilla, you will notice those big cute eyes. However, you should know that these animals don’t have excellent eyesight. Instead of using their eyes, on which they cannot count too well, they ‘see’ with their whiskers, which are almost as long as half their bodies.

Climbers and jumpers

You might not suspect this just by looking at a pack of chinchillas, but these animals are amazing climbers and jumpers. Don’t forget where they come from. In their natural habitat, which is the Andes Mountains, they climb with ease on rocky formations, and they can jump from heights as high as 6 feet.

They are extremely lovable creatures

We’re not talking here only about how cute they are, or how soft their fur is. Between them, chinchillas are very affectionate. In other rodent species, you may encounter cases in which males kill babies, but, male chinchillas can even stay and babysit their young when the mother is away. Also, lactating chinchillas will adopt the babies of other females, if the mothers of those young ones do not have enough milk of their own.

If you are someone planning on travelling in the San Francisco Bay area, you will know that it involves walking. A lot of walking. Especially if are planning on exploring the natural wonders of the area. And while California might be the land of gorgeous sunsets and golden beaches that leave you breathless, getting to most of the places that hold the tag of natural wonders can leave you literally gasping for air.

If you are only looking to take relaxing walks with the love of your life or having fun and less literally breath-taking ways to spend your day among the beauties of nature, rest assured. You are covered. For here is a list of some of the most gorgeous natural wonders in and around the San Francisco Bay area where you can travel without looking for a wheelchair by the end of the day.

And if it’s a group tour that you’re planning, you’ll definitely want to book a San Francisco charter bus rental to help shuttle your group from one stunning site to another.

1. Twin Peaks

Sometimes when you have lived somewhere for far too long, you tend to forget how beautiful the place is. San Francisco is breathtakingly gorgeous and it is one of those destinations where travellers travel in droves each year to explore the beauty of this city. But if you have somehow forgotten, make your way to 501 Twin Peaks Boulevard and explore your city anew. You can just drive up the hill, taking in the scenery along the way. Once you are on the top, you might need to fight for a spot at first but it will be worth it. Take in San Francisco in all its glory, with your loved ones for the company.

2. Muir Woods

Sometimes we need to look at the giants in the world to remember our place in the world. Gather your group of friends and drive to 1 Muir Woods Road early one weekend. And then let the sight up the tallest life on earth ground you and give your life perspective. This is where the last of the world’s coastal redwoods stand guard and here is where you should come at least once in your lifetime.

3. Mount Sutro

If you take the bus to 94143 San Francisco through the Medical Centre Way, you can begin appreciating how fog curling around your arms and the limbs of tall eucalyptus trees can transport you right inside a fairyland. Breathe in the fresh cool air of the eucalyptus woods right in the middle of the city and let Karl, the fog, curl around your lungs and take your worries away.

4. Angel Island

In the Bay Area, Angel Island is another destination that was perhaps made to transport you from the bustling city and land of humans to the arms of the goddess that is nature. Once you reach, you will know why Angel Island is called the way it is. Take a quaint little ferry and gurgle along the rolling waters with your loved ones. The island might be only the second largest in the SF Bay area but it surely takes the cake with its gorgeous greenery and the sapphire waters that encase it.

5. Ocean Beach

In 94121 San Francisco, along the Great Highway is the Ocean Beach. It is exactly what it sounds like. But the waves of the ocean that crash on to the beach will do enough to convince you of its worth. The water is an icy blue along with a stunning gold beach. And you can also drive up and down other places on the coastline from here, including the Batteries, Bluffs Trails, Lands and Lincoln Park.