Paso Horse Show
The breakfast room at Tambo del Inka, our Sacred Valley hotel, is quite spectacular. It is three storeys high with a massive timber frame and a central fireplace made from local stone. Huge light fittings and fabric wall hangings complete the picture. The interior designer has certainly done a great job. The breakfast is impressive too. There are four large counters of food and the restaurant staff are eager to have the chef provide yet more choice on an individual order basis. We all enjoy a relaxed start to the day.
This morning there are options. A few guests head off to the Inca terraces at Moray, but most decide to take things easy, either enjoying a free morning at the hotel or joining Dawn and our guides for a visit to a local weaving cooperative.
Around lunchtime we all head off to a place called Wayra to enjoy lunch and watch a Peruvian Paso Horse Show. The venue is very picturesque with beautiful gardens, an open air restaurant, stables and a performance lawn. We enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch with a choice of menu including potatoes from the Amazon! After dinner the horse show begins – four horsemen in traditional dress on four beautiful horses go through their paces accompanied by music. We also enjoy the famous marinera dance performed by one horse and horseman, and a lady on foot. There is obviously a lot of skill and rehearsal involved which is not exactly the case when Gary, Helen and Richard try their hand. An impromptu three-horse show follows with Gary and Helen showing their experience and Richard hanging on tight and keeping his fingers well and truly crossed.
Back at the hotel some guests enjoy a swim in the inside/outside pool while others explore the village or just take things easy. This evening we enjoy another super meal in the restaurant. A few of us even manage to break the 10pm barrier before heading to bed!