Lunch, or almuerzo, on the tour usually fell around 1 or 2 p.m., with a coffee/water/restroom stop slipped in between breakfast and lunch wherever possible. It was also often our biggest meal of the day, despite the possibly decreased appetite due to the humidity, but that’s how the locals did it. Pork chops, specialty soups such as sancocho (fish-based in the north, pork-based in the south), or chicken, were all very good and often very cheap, 10,000 to 15,000 pesos per plate. A soda, coffee, or bottle of water ran 2,000 pesos. The mandarins sold along the road were the tastiest I’ve ever had, with rinds that just fall off the body with ease. And they’re stupid cheap, as they’re grown mere feet from the pavement and sleeved in plastic nets for easy picking at the tolls.