After about 45 minutes, we were thankfully done and had to make our way back up to join the others for a game of volleyball.
The volleyball was a lot of fun – the locals took it very seriously and played full out – there were 3 locals and 3 tourists in each team and we rotated so most of us tourists, including me, got to play! It was hilarious! Most of us tourists didn’t have a clue lost the points – it was up to the locals to win the points!
After volleyball, our Mamitas dressed us up in local costumes, including the guys, and we were grateful for the extra layer because it was turning very cold! Next, we went into the dining room and peeled and chopped vegetables for our evening meal.
Then we had a little party! We played cards and jenga and listened to music – and I got to have a salsa dance with Reny our guide. Sadly, the video didn’t come out ☹
Then we had our meal and shortly afterwards headed to bed. It was so cold, I wore several layers of clothes instead of using all the blankets, which were so heavy that you couldn’t move in them. We were also treated to a hot water bottle – our mamita brought it to us – literally a plastic bottle of water (like the ones you buy from any store) that had been heated up and wrapped up in a knitted sock! But it really did the job!
I just couldn’t get comfy though – I prefer a regular mattress to a straw one – and barely got any sleep. The advantage was looking out of my window at 4am and seeing the most wonderful display of stars and the milky way.