Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and be ready at 9.30 AM for the transfer back to Tiobamba where the horses spent the night. Follow primitive trails across the altiplano. The scenery is spectacular with snowcapped mountains, wildflowers and beautiful mountain lakes. You may meet smiling Quechua children with their herds of sheep or cattle and see Campesinos ploughing their fields in the traditional way – oxen hitched to a wooden plow. Maybe you will even share a Chicha (their traditional maize drink) with them. Follow the trail to Chinchero where a picnic lunch is awaiting you. On a clear day the views from Chinchero are tremendous; to the west and northwest stretches a vista of rolling alti-plano, ringed in the distance by the dramatic snowcaps of the Cordilleras Vilcabamba and Urubamba.
After lunch continue to Lake Piuray. From here ride in the direction of Cusco and pass small villages. At one of the villages you stop and leave the horses with the grooms. If time allows visit Chinchero (if not, this visit will be scheduled the morning of Day 8) and possible a textile workshop where you will see an impressive demonstration of ancient techniques of spinning, dying and weaving.
The beautiful fabrics are still made in the way as they would have been in Inca times. Bring some money as you may want to buy some souvenirs, although don’t feel obligated to buy anything. Riding time: 4-5 hours. Altitude: 3,550-3,800 m / 11,650-12,470 ft.
Afternoon transfer to the historic city of Cusco, the oldest city in South America and once the capital of the great Inca Empire. The Inca empire was called Tawantinsuyu “The Four Quarters of the Earth.” Cusco was its heart, and its exact center was considered to be the main square of the city. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel situated near the Plaza de Armas, the heart of Cusco’s archaeological center. Dinner is on your own tonight, and your guide can give recommendations if desired. If you still have energy you can explore Cusco’s legendary nightlife.