2019 Lakeridge Peru Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Lakeridge Peru Program! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page , 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.
Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for PERU!
Travel Dates: June 20, 2019 - July 10, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $4,200 - or - $3,990 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,150
Deadline(s): July 15, 2018

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Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $4,200

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:


Payment Plan

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:


* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

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 walled complex of Saksaywaman

Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac

Hike through the Amazon jungle

Explore the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo

Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon

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. 

1USA - Lima, PeruToday the group will depart from the US and fly to Lima, Peru.Mami Panchita
2Lima - CuscoWe'll arrive in Lima early and travel over the beautiful high plains of Peru to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco's dynamic history and endless displays of Inca pride will be a great way for us to begin acclimating to the Peruvian way of life. The group will have the afternoon to rest after their long day of travel and exploration.Pension Alemana
3CuscoAfter breakfast, we will tour the remarkable walled complex of Saksaywaman 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.Pension Alemana
4Cusco - Homestay CommunityAfter a morning activity in Cusco, 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.Homestay
5Homestay CommunityThe 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
6Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.Homestay
7Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community, and get to know friends and family.Homestay
8Sacred ValleyAs a brief break from the community service project at the host village, today we will take a breathtaking bike ride through the Sacred Valley to Moray, an ancient Incan agricultural laboratory , as well as Salineras , a cultural site known for its thousands of salt pools cascading down the mountains. After the day's adventures, we'll return to the host community.Homestay
9Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
10Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
11Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project, explore the community and get to know friends and familyHomestay
12Homestay CommunityToday we'll wrap up our service project, have a going away party, and say our goodbyes!Homestay
13Pisac - OllantaytamboWe 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 explore the remarkable Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo , where Inca warriors staged a heroic stand against the Spanish.Homestay
14Aguas CalientesThis morning we will tour the ruins in Ollantaytambo. We'll then take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.Aguas Caliente Hotel
15Machu PicchuLed by a local guide, we will tour Machu Picchu and learn about the history and significance of the famous ruins . We will climb to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain to spend time reflecting upon our program while viewing this incredible man-made marvel surrounded by misty peaks. After exploring the ruins, we will bus to the Amazon jungle.Overnight bus
16AmazonAfter 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
17AmazonToday 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
18AmazonToday 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
19LimaToday we will travel from our lodge back to Lima. We will spend the day exploring the Peruvian capital.Mami Panchita
20LimaToday we will make our way back towards the Lima airport, have a final dinner, and prepare for our return home.Mami Panchita
21Lima - USAArrive in US and connect home!Home


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.
Mami Panchita

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.

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.

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

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


This being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.

Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey

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: 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!


WTT coffee
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