As it turns out, Pacamayo, the traditional second night campsite, is prone to flooding if it rains hard. Now we were there in the dry season, but as Smith, our guide was fond of saying, with global warming, the rains come even in the dry season sometimes. I didn't fancy getting washed away, so we lived with the long hike.
The first ascent was up to the summit of Warmiwañusca Pass, also called Dead Woman Pass. I figure it's because hiking over the pass is pretty much guaranteed to kill you, but the guides all insist it's because the pass itself looks like a woman on her back if you see it from a distance. Personally, I never saw it. Tell me what you think.
After lunch at Pacamayo, we hit the cloud forest, and that meant... orchids!
We also finally made it Runkurakay after another flight of steps.
We learned one other thing that day. Uphill might be harder on your lungs, but downhill is hell on your knees.
Want to know more about my trip to Peru? Check out The Path, coming on Sept. 1 from Dreamspinner Press.
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