Day two on the trail over Mt. Salkantay, and down into the ancient city of Machu Picchu, was easily the longest and most exhausting of the five day trek. The day consisted of ten hours of trekking, four going up to reach the pass of Mt. Salkantay at 15, 200 feet and another six hiking down out of the mountains.
Many stray and wild dogs would tag along for parts of the trek. This one, who decided to join the trekkers on the morning of day two, reflected all of our feelings by the time we stopped to rest. We had just cleared the pass and were stopping for lunch before heading down towards the jungle, only halfway through the day.