Ticlio toward Anticuna Oeste
Up from Ticlio, lucky to have snow but, hard to see trail up to antenna on ridge at times. Climbed hill to west of antenna for some great views. Then went down from antenna to get around steep rock and climb up back side of Anticuna Oeste. Too slippery in snow and mud as it got steeper so turned back about 70m vertical from top. Should be no problem in dry conditions.
Very nice hike to get to about 4500m elevation. Leave road at one point and follow trail up the valley. Carlos (age 90) has lived there all his life tending his sheep and llamas. His dogs will run up barking when you are about 500 m from his place. It is best if you wait or advance only when they run back until Carlos appears. He is delightful but a little forgetful. He expects 2 Soles per person to pass through his land and on up to the lake. He does maintain trail and pick up the litter left by the inconsiderate. He also likes canned tuna so consider bringing a few cans up for him.
We had intended to hike up from closer to Ayas, from some waterfall? But we went left on a road, missing red painted sign on rock and then went up and up until we arrived at transmission tower just about 300m vertical below the ruins. From there barely enough space to turn around and start hike traversing across to right until you run into red arrows marked trail up from Ayas to ruins. Area has old terraces, not too steep, can really walk up anywhere (which we did on way up). Great views from top of rock above the ruins (guarded by some cactus and a little steep).