The Inca Trail Day 2 - Wayllabamba to Pacamayo (12km) (the toughest day)
A further three hours trek through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brought us to the treeline and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3650m). WE stop here for a well earned tea break with popcorn and cookies thrown in.
Another 1 1/2 hours climb and we reach the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuanusca or Dead Womans Pass) at 4200m. During this part of the trail hikers are normally exposed elements. First scorching sunshine and then closer to the pass, freezing winds. The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left hand side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd nights campsite at Pacamayo (3600m).