2019 Elkhorn South Peru Adventure
|Travel Dates:||May 30, 2019 - June 7, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $3,150 USD - or - $2,993 USD with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Program Tuition: $3,150
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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 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 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
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 30||USA - Lima, Peru||Today 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 31||Lima - Cusco||Early 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 1||Cusco - Ollantaytambo||After 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 2||Sacred Valley||Today 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 3||Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu||After 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 4||Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo||This 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 5||Ollantaytambo - Cusco||Today 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 6||Cusco - USA||We 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 7||USA||We 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.
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 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
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!
Parent of Della, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand
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: 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 fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
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.