2019 Elkhorn South Peru Adventure
|Travel Dates:|| May 30, 2019 -
June 7, 2019|
Dates are Tentative
|Program Tuition:|| $3,150 - or - $2,993 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,150
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
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 walled complex of Saksaywaman
Learn new moves in a Latin dance class
Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac
Explore the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo
Explore the capital city with a guided walking tour of historic Miraflores
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. After arrival, the group will settle into our hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting where we will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Mami Panchita|
|May 31||Lima - Cusco||Today we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire . Once in Cusco, we will 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 Saksaywaman ruins.||Pension Alemana|
|June 1||Cusco - Homestay||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 on bikes (or vans) through the Sacred Valley to Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory and Salineras, where thousands of salt pools cascade down the mountains. After a full day exploring the valley, we will head back to our homestay families for a relaxing evening.||Host Families|
|June 3||Homestay - 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, that arrives 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!||Aguas Calientes Hotel|
|June 4||Machu Picchu - Homestay||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 to the Sacred Valley to spend our last night with families.||Host Families|
|June 5||Homestay - 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.
Mami Panchita is a family owned and operated colonial style guest house in San Miguel. Conveniently located between the airport and the attractions of the coastal neighborhoods, this hostel offers a cozy retreat from the bustle of the Peruvian capital that students will surely enjoy.
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.
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
This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama
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.