2019 Lakeridge Peru Program
|Travel Dates:||June 21, 2019 - July 11, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $4,200 USD|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||July 15, 2018|
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Program Tuition: $4,200
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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.
Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac
Hike through the Amazon jungle
Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo
Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
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.
|June 21||USA - Lima, Peru||Today the group will depart from the US and fly to Lima, Peru. After our late night arrival, we will transfer to our hotel for some rest after a long travel day.||Mami Panchita|
|June 22||Lima - Cusco||We'll head back to the airport this morning and fly over the beautiful Andes to Cusco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. Cusco's dynamic history and endless displays of Quechua pride will be a great way for us to begin acclimating to the Peruvian way of life. Upon arrival, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail before a walking tour of the historic center. The rest of the day will be spent resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude.||Pension Alemana|
|June 23||Cusco||After breakfast, we will tour the remarkable walled complex of Saqsayhuaman that lies on the northern outskirts of the Cusco. We will then embark on a photographic scavenger hunt around the central plaza of the city. We will finish the day working on our latin dance moves at a local salsa school!||Pension Alemana|
|June 24||Cusco - Homestay Community||This morning we will make our way to our host community. This is the true focus of our adventure in Peru. We will improve our Spanish language skills while learning the basics of Quechua, living with our carefully selected Peruvian host families. Upon arrival we will orient ourselves around town, discuss the details of our upcoming service project, and get to know our host families.||Homestay|
|June 25||Homestay Community||The days spent in our homestay community represent the heart and soul of the program as we will be volunteering on meaningful service project(s) during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with our host families and fellow travelers, practice our language skills and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a going away party to celebrate the time with our new friends and family.||Homestay|
|June 26||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.||Homestay|
|June 27||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.||Homestay|
|June 28||Sacred Valley||As a brief break from the community service project at the host village, we will pay a visit to a local women's weaving cooperative, where we will learn the history of this unique cultural practice. We will then continue on to Salineras, known for its thousands of salt pools cascading down the mountains, and Moray, an ancient Quechua agricultural laboratory. Depending on the group's energy, we will have the option to bike or drive between these sites, as well as on the beautiful descent into the Sacred Valley to conclude the day. Afterwards, we'll return to the host community.||Homestay|
|June 29||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and family.||Homestay|
|June 30||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and family.||Homestay|
|July 1||Pisac - Ollantaytambo||We will leave our homestay community early and set out through the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac, home to the largest regional market. We will explore the colorful market and use our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts. In the afternoon, we will have the option to explore the remarkable ruins above town before returning back to Ollantaytambo for the evening.||Homestay|
|July 2||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and family.||Homestay|
|July 3||Homestay Community||Today we'll wrap up our service project, have a going away party, and say our goodbyes! The bravest among us can even try cuy, the Andean guinea pig eaten on special occasions.||Homestay|
|July 4||Aguas Calientes||Today we will make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo. From there, we'll take the beautiful train ride through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. We will rest in anticipation of our big day tomorrow!||Aguas Calientes Hotel|
|July 5||Machu Picchu||Led by a local guide, we will climb to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain and reflect upon our program while viewing the incredible man-made marvel below surrounded by misty peaks. We will then make our descent to the citadel of Machu Picchu and learn about the history and significance of the famous ruins. Tonight, we will begin the overland journey to the Amazon jungle after a fulfilling day.||Overnight bus|
|July 6||Amazon||After a short boat ride, we will be at our Eco Lodge, our home for the next few days as we explore the Amazon jungle. We will take day and night tours of the Amazon, hoping to see as much wildlife as possible, and learn about the ecology and culture of this critical ecosystem.||Amazon Lodge|
|July 7||Amazon||Today we will spend the day exploring the amazing Amazon. We will have the option of canoeing through Lake Sandoval, a stunning palm-ringed lake that is home to unique wildlife or visiting an indigenous community. By night, we will take a hike to experience the nocturnal side of the jungle.||Amazon Lodge|
|July 8||Amazon||Today we'll walk through the forest canopy on suspended bridges, keeping our eyes peeled for howler monkeys, toucans, and macaws. In the afternoon, we'll visit yet another kind of ecosystem on an island in the middle of the river, and learn more about the work that local organizations are doing to conserve this globally important refuge for wildlife.||Amazon Lodge|
|July 9||Lima||Today we will make the long journey by boat, car, and plane from our lodge back to Lima, arriving in the evening. We will settle into our hotel and rest after the long travel day.||Hotel Antigua Miraflores|
|July 10||Lima||Today we will explore the capital's historic center, including the plaza mayor and the catacombs underneath the convent of San Francisco. Later we will enjoy a final meal in country together overlooking the Pacific ocean before returning to the airport tonight ahead of our international departure.||Airplane|
|July 11||Lima - USA||Depart for the US early this morning and arrive home later this evening!||Your own bed, eventually!|
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.
Corto Maltes Amazonia
The rustic lodge at Corto Maltes is a collection of beautifully finished wood bungalows, common spaces, kitchen cabin, pool and garden areas. This low-impact, eco-friendly lodge provides an important balance of comfort and style while enjoying the wild of the Amazon.
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.
Hotel Antigua Miraflores
Time-trapped colonial charm makes the Hotel Antigua Miraflores a living historic art piece that our students can enjoy day and night. Groups will surely enjoy the elegance and character of a turn of the century mansion with all the comforts and amenities of a fine hotel with the warmth and charm of a colonial B&B. Tasteful decor, attention to detail, and the staff’s attentive and friendly service will make our students’ stay here, in the heart of cultural Lima, unforgettable.
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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, 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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