Raqchi is a small village a short distance from Cuzco. Remains of the Inca Empire are nearby, including the Temple of Wiracocha, storehouses, and fountains feeding an artificial lake. I stayed the night as a guest of a local family in their traditional house. The children showed me their guinea pig pen, and later in the evening their mom used dry animal dung to cook cuy, alpaca, potatoes, and other Peruvian specialties. Raqchi is well known for its pottery, so I attended a pottery making workshop. I also jogged on an Inca trail in the surrounding foothills in preparation for hiking the classic Inca trail in the coming days.