2019 Colorado Academy Middle School Peru Program
|Travel Dates:||June 10, 2019 - June 20, 2019|
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$3,290 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Interested travelers should enroll by November 1st|
There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,390
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Peru Cultural Journey
Immense, rugged, colorful, vibrant and mystic. No one word or idea can embody a land so diverse in geography, culture and history. Peru is the destination for adventure. Whether tracking a wild boar in the Amazon Basin, dancing to salsa music in Lima, watching wheat sway in the shadow of the mighty Andes, or spying a rainbow forming above the ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru will take your breath away.
The contrasts of Peru permeate every part of the country. Despite its beauty, there are large discrepancies among socioeconomic classes and wide differences in standards of living throughout the country. Travel with us to Peru and explore this unique country, combining meaningful service with an unforgettable adventure.
Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Experience the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu
Tour the ruined complex of Saqsayhuaman above Cusco
Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac
Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo
Visit the capital city's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco
Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco in the high Andes
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|June 10||USA - Lima||This evening the group will depart from the US and fly to Lima, Peru, arriving early the following morning.||Airplane|
|June 11||Lima||We will arrive to the airport early this morning and transfer to the hotel for breakfast, some rest, and our orientation meeting. Early this afternoon we will set sail for the Callao Islands to get a closer look at the wildlife that call these islands home. We will finish the tour with an opportuntity to swim with sea lions! If time permits, we will end the day with a tour of the temples of Huacapucllana, a set of adobe ruins in the heart of the city.||Hostal El Patio|
|June 12||Lima - Cusco||This morning we will catch a flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. After settling in to our accommodations in the beautiful San Blas neighborhood, we will orient ourselves on a walking tour of the city and marvel at how Quechua, Spanish, and modern influences mold the current day Cusco.||Pension Alemana|
|June 13||Cusco||Our day will begin with an adventurous photographic scavenger hunt in the cobblestone streets around the central plaza of Cusco. Next, we'll tour the massive Quechua ruins of Saksaywaman. In the evening, we will enjoy a Chaufu feast, a classic Asian/Peruvian fusion with our friends from Peruvian Hearts.||Pension Alemana|
|June 14||Cusco - Urubamba||The adventures continue as we set out for Chinchero, a small town just above the Sacred Valley. We will enjoy a weaving demonstration from the women famous for this local craft, then set out through the Sacred Valley to Salineras, where thousands of salt pools cascade down the mountains, and Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory. We will end the day descending the valley in bikes (or vans) and grab dinner at the Alhambra Hacienda restaurant before making our way to our hotel in Urubamba.||La Quinta Eco Hotel|
|June 15||Urubamba||Today we will work hand in hand with the good people at Peruvian Hearts. The specific details about the programming for today is forthcoming, but will likely involve visits to the homes of some of our friends at Peruvian Hearts, followed by a picnic and a project in the afternoon. If time and energy permits us, we can organize a soccer game back near the hotel later this afternoon.||La Quinta Eco Hotel|
|June 16||Pisac||Today we will journey through the Sacred Valley, making our first stop at an andean camelid farm. After feeding and petting our fair share of llamas and alpacas, we will head on to the town of Pisac, famous for it's bustling market of textiles and hand-woven crafts. In the afternoon we will have the option to hike the ruins above town and learn about this breathtaking archeological site before returning to our hotel.||La Quinta Eco Hotel|
|June 17||Machu Picchu||Today's the day! We will wake early and board the train to the world-famous Machu Picchu. With our local guide, we will learn about the history and significance of Machu Picchu and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to our hotel in Cusco.||Ollantaytambo Hotel|
|June 18||Ollantaytambo - Cusco||We will spend a relaxing morning in Ollantaytambo, options include playing soccer at the local field, enjoying one of the town's quaint cafes, or sleeping in! Around midday we will drive to Cusco and participate in a chocolate making workshop upon arrival. After dinner, we will have a reflection about our journey thus far from the comforts of our hotel.||Pension Alemana|
|June 19||Lima - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport to fly back to Lima. In the afternoon we will explore the historic center, including the plaza mayor and the catacombs underneath the Church of San Francisco. We'll check out the impressive library in the convent as well! We'll then head over to the museo Larco to admire the vast collection of ancient peruvian tresures. If time permits, we will wrap up our experience with a visit to parque de los fuentes nearby to enjoy a spectacular watershow ahead of our international departure this evening.||Airplane|
|June 20||Denver, CO||Arrive home||Your own bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Hostal El Patio
This beautiful bed and breakfast provides the perfect escape in the heart of Lima’s trendy, coastal neighborhood of Miraflores. Flowery terraces and the friendly staff give personality and charm to this lush, green oasis in the middle of the city. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Situated in the hills of the San Blas neighborhood, Pension Alemana is a beautiful bed and breakfast overlooking the historic center of Cusco. Representative of the city’s history and culture, this hotel blends Quechua and Spanish colonial styles to provide a stunning setting to relax at 11,000 feet. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
La Quinta Eco Hotel
La Quinta Eco Hotel offers modern facilities in a lush, unforgettable setting. All rooms are comfortable, clean, and have their own private bathroom. Students can enjoy the facilities on the grounds as well, including a game room, a pool, and ample green spaces. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel to keep everyone connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!
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