Inca Trail | Machu Picchu | Town in the Clouds
The most scenic day.
Breakfast at 7:00 am on what promised to be the most scenic day of the trip.
The morning started with a gentle climb to the ruins of an Inca watch tower with commanding views of the Pacamayo valley. From there it was an hour climb to the second pass of the trip at 4,000 m.
Not far off is the impressive Inca site of Sayacmarca. I explored every room and every corridor. The Inaccessible Town, as it is known, is protected on three sides by cliffs with views of Conchamarca in the shadows below.
Lunch came in a tent at Chaquiqocha campsite with great food freshly made by our cook.
We left camp and followed the path down an Inca tunnel carved into the rock, passed cloud-covered forests full of flora and fauna. I reached the third pass expecting spectacular views of several snow-capped peaks and canyons, but sadly they were hidden away behind thick clouds.
The steep 1,000 steps staircase did a number on my injured leg.
We finally arrive at Wiñay Wayna our third and last official campsite and the crew set up our tents one last time. I took my first shower in three days and had dinner with the gang as we said our goodbyes to the porters and the cooks.