2019 New West Charter Peru Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 11, 2019 - June 24, 2019|
|Program Tuition:||$3,365 - or - $3,197 with discount if paid in full|
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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.
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.
Contribute to a local community by working on a service project
Improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a homestay community
Tour the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu
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
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 11||USA - Lima||Tonight the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. We will arrive the following morning.||Airplane|
|June 12||Lima - Cusco||We will catch our early morning connection to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire. Once in Cusco, we will settle into our hotel and rest after a long travel day. Later we will hold an orientation meeting before taking a guided walking tour and marvel how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences mold the current day Cusco.||Pension Alemana|
|June 13||Cusco||Our day will begin with an adventurous photographic scavenger hunt in the cobblestone streets around the central plaza of Cusco. Next, we will take Latin dance classes before touring the famous Quechua ruins of Saqsayhuaman. In the evening, we will enjoy local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.||Pension Alemana|
|June 14||Cusco - Homestay Community||Today we will depart Cusco and arrive at our homestay community. We will meet our families in the central plaza and after a short introduction, we will settle in with our new hosts. In the afternoon, we will have a walking orientation of the community and get ready for first day of service.||Homestay|
|June 15||Homestay Community||These days will be spent in our homestay community and represent the heart and soul of the program. Students will volunteer on meaningful service project(s) during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to interact with their host families and fellow travelers, practice their language skills and explore the surrounding area.||Homestay|
|June 16||Homestay Community||Today, we will work on our service project and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 17||Sacred Valley||The adventures continue as we set out for 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 through the Sacred Valley to Salineras, where thousands of salt pools cascade down the mountains and Moray, an ancient Quechua agricultural laboratory. Later, we will descend down the valley in bikes (or vans) before returning to our homestay community.||Homestay|
|June 18||Homestay Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 19||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. Our students will explore the colorful market and use their Spanish to get good deals on world class crafts. In the afternoon, we will explore the famous ruins at Ollantaytambo, where Quechua warriors staged a heroic stand against the Spanish.||Homestay|
|June 20||Homestay Community||Today, we will work on our service project and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 21||Homestay Community||Today, we will finish work on our service project and spend time with our host families. In the evening, we will celebrate our time spent in the host community with a fiesta de despedida, where the bravest among us can try cuy!||Homestay|
|June 22||Homestay Community||This morning we will make our way to Ollantaytambo's train station to take the beautiful two-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. We will relax in the afternoon in anticipation of the big day tomorrow.||La Cabaña Hotel|
|June 23||Machu Picchu||Today’s the day! We will wake early and either bus or hike up to the famous ruins. With our local guide, we will learn about the history and significance of Machu Picchu and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to Cusco ahead of our international departure tomorrow.||Pension Alemana|
|June 24||Cusco - Lima - USA||This morning we will begin our journey back to the USA. We will catch an early flight from Cusco to Lima and from there catch our international connection back to the USA.||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.
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.
La Cabaña Machu Picchu Hotel
The locally owned and operated La Cabaña Machu Picchu Hotel in Aguas Calientes provides clean and comfortable accommodations for weary travelers visiting the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. A sister hotel Jaya Machu Picchu Hotel, the more rustic style of this hotel combined with its modern amenities combine to make an all-around great experience for guests.
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Your Adventure Includes
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!
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