So the food here has been good, many different things. Cuy cuy, or gunea pig, is a specialty. I put a little bit of alpaca on my plate at the buffet, but couldn't eat it. But I have eaten yucca and have been drinking the coca tea. They say it helps with the altitude. I also went to the "oxygen room" this afternoon. The hotel has a tank and gives you a mask for 5 minutes. I'm trying to keep well in order to enjoy Machu Picchu. Fri the 26th we started out by bus, stopped at Chincero, where there is a cooperative of women weavers. We had a great presentation about the dyes they use, the drop spindle spinning and weaving. After they had all sorts of things for sale but we got to see some little ones and they brought out the kissing llama. After that we went to Ollantaytambo, a fairly large Incan ruin. It was a terraced area wedged between two mountains. Our bus could only get part way through the town, there was an Independence parade in the main square and traffic was stopped. We walked a short way to the site. Very impressive, but the most interesting thing was learning how the Incans had built aquaducts to bring the run off from the nearby glacier into the site so the people living there had clean drinking water as well as water for crops. The water is STILL flowing through the town, 500 years later. We stopped at a lovely hacienda for lunch . There were some huge birds in the trees and a small enclosure of alpacas. I had fun feeding them, there was a tree next to the enclosure that they had stripped as far as they could reach. So I broke off branches and they ate out of my hand. The dogs had been so hungry in Ecuador, that our first day in Cusco I bought some dog food in the market. I've seen lots of dogs here but they don't seem to be strays. They run free but seem to be pretty well cared for. I offered kibble to several dogs and they all turned their noses up. Oh well, the day ended well, our tour guide sent me off with his pal into the local market area and I found alpaca yarn. Yippeee. Tomorrow is the big day.