Today is the most challenging but interesting day visiting several archaeological sites and passing through some amazing cloud forest. Very early in the morning, you will hike 2 hours to the second pass, the Abra Runkuraqay, (3,970 m / 13022 ft), and half-way; you will visit the archaeological complex, a site consisting of a small oval structure that are believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. Afterwards you will descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624 m / 11,887 ft), a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. After a further 30 minutes to Chakiqocha where you will stop for lunch. Continue walking towards the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarka “Town over the clouds” (3,650 m / 11,876 ft) and then pass through an Inca tunnel. You will arrive finally to the complex that shares the same name as the pass and is regarded as one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological sites along the Inca Trail to MachuPicchu. Journey down along the long stone steps and appreciate the impressive view of the Urubamba Valley, before arriving to Wiñaywayna (2,650 m/ 8,694 ft), the biggest archaeological site on the Inca Trail besides MachuPicchu, which consists of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, and a religious and urban sector. Here, you will camp and overnight.
Campsite and dinner BLD
Walking Time; 8 hours /Maximum Altitude; 3,900 m (12,792 ft) / Campsite Altitude; 2,650 m (8,692 ft)