The plan: 8:30 train to Ollantaytambo where we’d get picked up, taken to pick up our luggage, then driven back to Cusco where we’d have lunch and an afternoon tour of Sacsayhuamán.

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7am departure in the van. Just one van: there were only eight of us doing today’s hike, nine with our guide, so we all fit in one van. We drove the hour to the tiny village of Quiswarani where (no surprise) several vendors spread their blankets of wares. We stretched our legs, peed, stuffed our cheeks with a giant wad of coca, and started off.

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Departed Lamay for Huacahuasi, in the Lares valley.

Yes, that's a protractor in his right hand Yes, that's a protractor in his right hand
Our first stop was in Calcas, whose plaza prominently features a bust of… a geometrician! Dr. Eusebio Corazao Quintanilla has no Wikipedia entry, alas, but he is remembered in his hometown and now in Los Alamos. How many small Andean towns have a mathematician for a hero? How many towns anywhere? This was a delightful and memorable surprise.

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Peru Day 3: Lamay

Uneventful day at the lovely Lamay Lodge. Although today’s excursion was an easy hike with the promise of a phenomenal lunch, we chose to forego it, remaining instead in the vicinity of the lodge’s beautiful gardens, friendly tame llamas, and flush toilets. Did I mention something earlier about eating hole-in-the-wall street food in Cusco?

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View from Urquillos Inca Trail View from Urquillos Inca Trail
Breakfast at El Mercado hotel in Cusco was heavenly; the best of our trip, which made us happy that we’d be returning here at the end. Wide variety of fresh fruits, including aguaymanto (see Day 0 entry); many Andean cheeses; gorp and yogurt; a silken smooth local coffee; and quite possibly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had for breakfast. The coffee and chocolate were both from Quillabamba, a nearby area. I vowed to search for them when we returned to Cusco; I was unsuccessful.

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Ed

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