Warmi Wañusqa or Dead Woman’s Pass is the highest point on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  This mountain pass in the Cusco Region of Peru reaches a height of 4,200 metres (13,780 ft).

This naturally occurring feature is so named because, when seen from the valley below, its crests resemble the form of a woman’s supine body.

Walkers usually conquer the pass during the second day of the Inca Trail hike and this is often perceived to be the most challenging segment.  Much of the day is spent at higher altitudes with fewer trees where the terrain is rockier and more difficult.  Trekkers are more exposed to the weather conditions, which can offer anything from cool rains to blazing sun to strong winds.

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