We were picked up at 9 by a mini bus with just a driver and another English family of four from Surrey. There were 17 seats so tons of space which meant we could spread out. It was a bit of a coincidence that the daughter of this family, a year 5 teacher, knows a speech at language therapist at the school Beth works out so they must know each other - small world!
It was a long drive but very interesting. We saw herds of literally hundreds of llamas and alpacas and flocks of flamingos. There were small groups of Vicuña by the side of the road and all with a backdrop of this erupting volcano. We peaked back at 4900m before dropping down to 3800m in Puno on Lake Titicaca, the highest we'll have slept at so far. Titicaca was the birthplace of the Incas and and also something to do with Hiawatha but I don't really understand that as Hiawatha was an Indian chief up in North Dakota. Maybe it's something to do with Longfellows poem as he wouldn't have had google maps to check out his geography in those days.
Didn't arrive till quarter to three having had to survive on a single chocolate hobnob so we were all starving. Had some lovely home cooked pizzas in a local pizzeria washed down with a couple of beers.