This is the second part of Leza and John’s Inca Trail adventure. In another article Leza writes her testimonial about the amazing events on Inca Trail Day 1 and Day 2. Below you will find how the story continues: Inca Trail Day 3 and Day 4, ending with a big THANKS to Hiram Bingham.
INCA TRAIL DAY 3: FROM PACAYMAYO TO WINAYWAYNA
The third day was our longest day of hiking on the Inca Trail, off at 7am to Runcuracay at 13800 feet. Another very hot day with lots of Inca steps and amazing views. A few hours of rugged steep terrain, we came to a brief rest of the ruins of a temple before descending steeply for 2 hours to the magnificent ruins of Sayacmarca. We´d plenty of time to explore before a trek along the original stone path of the Incas, through the semi-tropical cloud forest to Phuyupatamarca, the third pass at 13600 ft. It was like something out of a film, with huge jungle plants and long vines dropping from the trees down into the jungle wilderness hundreds of feet below. You wouldn´t want to stray off the trail here as it was a long way down before you´d hit the bottom. For me this was probably the best part of the Inca Trail so far.