Day 2: Wayllabamba Or Ayapata-Warmiwañusca-Chaquiccocha
DISTANCE: 16KM/10 MILES
HIGHEST POINT: 4,200 masl/13,780 fasl
Your cook will wake you up early (at around 5am) with a warm cup of coca leaf tea. We want to take full advantage of the cool shade that is provided by the surrounding mountains, so after a good breakfast we will start our hike as early as possible. For most trekkers, today is the longest and hardest day, as we will cross Warmiwañusca pass or Dead woman pass located at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. Here, we can literally see the various ecological zones and microclimates, which make up the area, and mapped out in front of us. Once we have made it to the highest point we will take a well deserved break. From here, we continue our hike to Pacaymayu Valley where you will appreciate the Peruvian Andes in its entire splendor. Here you can observe streams and small waterfalls and is the perfect place to have lunch.
After lunch we continue our hike to the next pass known as Runcuraccay Pass located at 4000 masl. We will stop at a small Inca Ruin that has the same name, Runcuraccay, where our guide will give us an interesting explanation about this amazing ruin. We will then continue on to Chaquiccocha campsite, where we will enjoy dinner and a well-deserved rest after a long and hard day of trekking.