We started as a group again hiking up a dreadful set of stairs to get out of the Paqaymayu valley we had camped in the night before but were rewarded at the top when we reached Runkurakay ruins. From Runkurakay we walked another two hours up and over, down and through mountain passes. The terrain slowly became more lush like a cloud forest. Right before lunch we stopped at Sayacmara ruins which sits high on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley below. After lunch the Inca trail leveled off to a mellow path with mostly flat evenly placed stones.