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The Inca Trail Day 2 - Wayllabamba to Pacamayo (12km) (the toughest day)

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Climbing up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc River for about 1 hour brought us to 'Tres Piedres (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro River. The stream is named after the Huayruro which is an ornamental tree. Its seeds are red and black. Many of the porters (there were 21 in total and 1 chef) from the Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayros because of their traditional red and black ponchos. A little further on we enter a cloud forest and pass a beautiful waterfall.

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).


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Inca Trail Day 2

Inca Trail, Peru
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