2019 Elkhorn South Peru Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Elkhorn South Peru Service Adventure! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Peru!
Travel Dates: May 30, 2019 - June 7, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,150 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,002
Deadline(s): TBD

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Peru Service Adventure

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

Service Adventures

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.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Tour the ruined complex of Saqsayhuaman above Cusco.

Learn new moves in a Latin dance class

Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac

Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo

Explore the capital city's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco.

Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco in the high Andes

The Itinerary

We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

May 30USA - Lima, PeruToday the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru, arriving early the next morning. We will layover in the airport before our flight to Cusco a few hours later.Airport layover
May 31Lima - CuscoEarly this morning we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire. Once in Cusco, we will rest after our long journey. Later on, we will hold an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. We will then take a guided walking tour and marvel how Incan, Spanish and modern influences mold the current day Cusco. Our walking tour will be highlighted by a visit to the famous Saqsayhuaman ruins.Pension Alemana
June 1Cusco - OllantaytamboAfter a leisurely morning, we will make our way to the historic center for a scavenger hunt! After lunch, we will take a latin styles dance lesson before departing Cusco for our homestay community. Upon arrival, we will settle in with our families and orient ourselves around town. Our options for the late afternoon could include a mix of group activities or an organized soccer game with the locals.Host Families
June 2Sacred ValleyToday we set out for some serious adventure. We will first head to 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 for Salineras, where thousands of salt pools cascade down the mountains, and Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory. We will then descend the valley by bike (or van). After a full day, we will head back to our homestay families for a relaxing evening.Host Families
June 3Ollantaytambo - Machu PicchuAfter a relaxing morning with our homestay families, we will take the famous train that traces the Urubamba River, a tributary of the Amazon, to Aguas Calientes, at the base of the famous Machu Picchu ruins. After a quick lunch, we will take an afternoon tour of the ruins!Hatun Inti
June 4Machu Picchu - OllantaytamboThis morning we will return to the archeological site to admire the ruins at sunrise. We will have the option for a brief hike to the sun gate or Inca bridge nearby before we descend the mountain once again. In the afternoon, we will take the train back and spend our last night with families.Host Families
June 5Ollantaytambo - CuscoToday we will travel through the Sacred Valley to Pisac, a small community that is home to the largest indigenous market in the region. Students will marvel at the local fruits and vegetables, artisanal souvenirs and use their Spanish to shop for local specialties. After lunch we will have the option to hike around the ruins above town depending on the group's energy. Following this, we will stop by an Andean camelid farm and museum on our way back to Cusco to feed and learn about some of the region's most important animals- llamas and alpacas!Pension Alemana
June 6Cusco - USAWe will depart Cusco for Lima this morning. We will then spend the afternoon visiting Lima's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco. Of course, we will enjoy Lima's famous ceviche as our going away dinner! We will return to the airport this evening to catch our late flight back to the USA.Airplane
June 7USAWe will arrive home!Your own bed


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 


Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Pension Alemana

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.


Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.

Hatun Inti

Hatun Inti is a modern, clean, and locally owned and operated hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The friendly staff, complimentary teas, delicious food, and modern amenities combine to make this hotel the perfect place to relax for travelers visiting Machu Picchu.

Safety and Support


Everything was outstanding. The communication, organization, and experience was phenomenal. The program positively impacted my daughters confidence, independence, and maturity.

Parent of Kelsey, traveler on Costa Rica Surf and Service Program

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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, shade-grown, 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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Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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