Experience Peru: Tour, Sustainable Living and Volunteer

  • Dates:
  • Flexible except January through March
  • Duration: 
  • 16 Days
  • Volunteer Work:  
  • Build composting bathrooms, solar showers, solar ovens, work in organic gardens and witness first hand how climate change has affected communities in the Peruvian Andes by seeing how a mudslide destroyed the original school
  • Destinations:
  • Tour of Lima, Cusco, Moray and Maras, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu
  • Deadline:
  • 3 months prior to departure
Details
Our journey begins in Lima the capital of Peru, where you will experience the rich colonial heritage, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and delicious cuisine.After leaving Lima, we will arrive in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the Sacred Valley we wander the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Chincheros, Inca agricultural center of Moray and the Pre-Columbian salt mines of Maras.  We visit a women’s weaving cooperative to learn about the indigenous natural dying process that give the textiles their lively colors. We will also tour the studio of famous ceramic artist Pablo Seminario, recipient of the UNESCO award for preserving the ancient arts.

At the school, we will work with the children, teachers, and members of the community on various hands on volunteer projects. Depending on the current need, we could be working on: composting bathrooms, solar showers, solar ovens, a playground, kitchen, additional classrooms, making adobe bricks, tending to an organic gardens etc. We will help children with projects such as painting, cleaning and organizing materials in the school. Lessons on sustainable methods of cooking, agriculture, and manufacturing medicinal creams from Andean flora will also be part of our experience.

In addition to volunteering, we will visit Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the spiritual center of the Inca Empire. In Machu Picchu we will explore its magnificent terraces, the temple of the Sun and the Moon, the Intihuatana, the Inca baths and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it. There will also be a visit to the Pisac Ruins and the city of Pisac, which is best known for its Sunday market and handicrafts.

During our final days, we will explore the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will walk through history on the cobblestone streets lined with Inca walls and visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, the Central Market, and the artsy neighborhood of San Blas among other historical sites.  

 

Length of stay and itinerary can be modified to suit your group.

$4400 (Subject to change)


I had a once in a life time experience in Peru this summer and it is one that I will never forget. I enjoyed every aspect of the program and I absolutely loved the family life. They were so kind.
– Tayla, University of Michigan