In the "old days" (!970's and 80's) I used to stay at Leonard's Lodgings in Cusco. Anyone ever have the pleasure ?
Leonard was a retired American with a guesthouse about 20 minutes walking distance to the Plaza, up-hill. But on the bright side, coming back was a breeze. He had married a Peruvian widow and they opened the lodge that probably had 10 rooms.
Leonard claimed that he came to Peru with a terminal ulcer, but the Peruvian hot chili peppers cured the ulcer. This was one of his many tales that he would tell as he held court every morning during the communal breakfast. There was not a question that he could not answer, but all of his answers were not necessarily correct. He even knew the whereabouts of Atahualpa's lost ransom treasure! He had seen EVIDENCE of aliens and theorized that the aliens had mated with the Incas, giving them the lost technology needed to build all of their wonderful ruins. In other words, he was a highly entertaining host.
His wife also had a farm near Tres Cruces, still high in the mountains, along the road from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. That road, I am sure, appeared on that American reality show, World's Most Dangerous Roads. The farm had a couple of guest cottages that were very rustic but special nonetheless. You could catch a few trout for breakfast from the small river that ran in front of the house, and he had a fiberglass canoe that you could take your chances with and try to go downriver 4 miles to the village. If you made it, he'd come and pick you up. If you gave up, you had to carry the damned thing back to the farm. I tipped over a dozen times and froze my butt off, but eventually did make it to the village. And Leonard was there at sunset to pick me up.
He was a true character and an icon in Cusco. He was in his 70's back then, so he must be long gone by now.