We stopped at Sayaqmarca Ruins. It was a fortress with accompanying residence for no more than 200 people. It reminded me, as many of the Incan ruins did, of the ruins left by Southwestern Indians, particularly those at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
At 12,300’ we came to Runkuraqay Ruins which overlooks the valley.
As we rested for lunch, a number of porters passed us carrying their huge loads. Without any framed packs, many walking in simple sandals, the porters broke camp after we left and met us at the next lunch spot or camp with everything all set up and waiting for us. And they always had a smile!
Shortly before camp we went through one of two Inca made tunnels on this portion of the Trail. Here, I am with Juan, one of our guides.
Finally we arrived at our final camp, Puyupatamarca or “cloud level town,” at 12,000.’ The name is applied to both the camp and the extensive ruins close by.