|We misread our itinerary so were not ready when our guide arrived, oh oh!
We joined 3 other couples in a van for the 4 hour trip to Chivay. The first stop was to get water and some coca leaves or lollies, very important for altitude sickness. There were a few view spots along the way and also to see the different types of Peruvian camel (Alpaca, Lama, Vicuna). We had Inka tea at one stop that was a mixture of herbs good for altitude, digestion and sore throats. It's a pretty barren landscape. We made a stop at our highest point for the trip at 4910 mt. You could really feel the difference here and didn't want to move to fast. All of the stops had stalls of ladies selling their wares.
We arrived into Chivay to some sort of ladies cooking or growing competition.
Kelvin and I were dropped at our hotel and made plans to go to the hot springs but I began to feel very sick and the hotel brought oxygen that i was put on for 5 minutes to help alleviate the altitude sickness. I had a bad headache, hit head and vomited. The oxygen helped but the was to be no hot spring visit . Lots of water and sleep (13 hoursof broken). I didn't get back out of bed until the next morning. Kelvin didn't have the best night sleep either.