The village of Kami began as a mining camp, but it has extended over time, and now attracts people from small towns at least two hours walk away, who come to access the services - schools, post offices, radio, etc. You won't hear much Spanish here; the people speak Quechua and Aymara instead. They view foreigners with curiosity and a little suspicion; they are rather reserved in the beginning, but once they get to know you, they will never fail to help you.
To get higher up the mountain, you'll need a 4x4. It's amazing to see the Andes stretching into the distance - long, endless chains of mountains, with an uncountable number of valleys on either side. There are sheep, llamas, and, if you're lucky, even some condors (or at least their shadow). The water here is always polluted by minerals, except in some secret and beautiful places where there are springs. You'll need some time here to get used to breathing at such an altitude (4000m).