The third day on the trail is the reward for the sacrifices to the Dead Woman.
We walked along beautiful ruins and came across two more passes which were way easier than the first one since you do not have such big altitude changes in the trail. I enjoyed looking out of my comfortable back pack once in a while and enjoyed lunch with Brownie and Cub (read yesterday's report).
BUT: The trail gets tricky again when the day approaches its end. The long downhill section across stairs and dirt were pretty tough for my German porter's knees. But he made it and I allowed him to enjoy a hot shower at the hostal - the destination of day three. All groups camp here before heading to Machu Picchu the next morning. So you meet a lot of people. But at the same time the hostal's dinner room has the charm of a rural railway station. No more nice tent dinners. A shame for the last night on the trail.