An early start and we boarded our deluxe minibus expecting a bit of a long boring day. How wrong we were! We picked up a Spanish family of four from their hotel and headed of with our driver Jose Luis and guide Marcie. I think the whole journey can be summed up in one short word - Wow!
We drove up through the volcanos overlooking Arequipa into stunning scenery and Jane closed her eyes on the scary bits. We saw llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas by the side of the road and at one point we were as high as 4910m which is a awful long was up. We stopped was Inca tea which had coca leaves along with various other vegetative matter and was actually quite tasty.
We saw the erupting Sabancaya volcano which we affectionately called chimichanga. It was so cool to see a plume of ash coming out of the top of a volcano and we thought it would be just the best to die in a volcanic eruption.
The road came steeply down to Chimay where we had lunch and then on to our hotel, Killawasi Lodge, which just has to be one of the most relaxing hotels on the planet. After a rest we wandered down to the local natural volcanic spa and par boiled ourselves in beautiful steaming hot water. It was freezing getting out as when the sun drops over the mountains the temperature quickly drops from 22 to sub zero!
After a taxi back (it was uphill and cold) we had great Pisco Sours and dinner in the hotel with Tilly shivering the whole way through despite having on 4 layers and a coat. Managed to stay up till 8.30 and I slept for 10 hours which is completely unheard of for me!