We finally left Arequipa and headed back on the road. Our latest plan is to drive through the rest of Southern Peru, and then cross into Bolivia.
Our first destination was the tiny village of Chivay in the Colca Canyon. Colca Canyon is located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
This was a big move for us. Since Soleil was born, we’ve been waiting for her to get old enough to head back into the Andes. This is one of the reasons we remained in Lima at sea level for the first few months of her life. For a new baby with tiny lungs, the Andes are no joke.
On our first day back in the mountains, we hit 16,000 feet. This was the highest Stevie had ever been! Sol is such a trooper. She handled it like a pro for most of the day, but became quite fussy in the evening. I can’t blame her, my head was hurting from the altitude too.
The drive up to Colca is absolutely spectacular. On the way we passed through the Zona De Vicuñas..
The vicuña, (Quechua language) is a part of the camel family. They live in the Andean highlands. Alpaca is a domesticated species derived from the vicuña.
Below is the village of Chivay. This place took my breath away!
The Inca were living here thousands of years ago, and their terraced ruins still remain.
We rolled into the central plaza and pretty much fell in love with the town right away. It’s SO nice to be back in the mountains.
Soleil has been receiving a lot of attention lately. They love babies in Latin America anyway, but they seem especially drawn to Sol. Everyone wants to hold her.
The other night we were in a nice restaurant in Arequipa and the waitresses just took her. They walked her around the restaurant, showing her off to the other customers and kitchen staff. Something like this would make me very nervous in the US. I would probably never allow it. But it’s ok in Latin America. Things are different here.
(don’t worry Mom, we still keep a close eye on her)
We found a great little hostel and surprisingly, they even had wifi. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the town.
Special Mention – Just want to say thank you to my very good friend,
for getting us this amazing child carrier. I have to be honest, at first I was like, no F’in way are we lugging that thing around in the van. Now it has become my favorite piece of baby gear. Well done LoLo.
Not sure how long we’ll hang here. Depends on how well Soleil adjusts to the altitude. In the mean time we’ll enjoy the sights.