2019 New West Charter Peru Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 New West Charter Peru Service Adventure! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, 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 meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: June 11, 2019 - June 24, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,365 USD - or - $3,265 USD with discount if paid in full

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

Program Tuition: $3,365

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:

$3,265.00

due today

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:

$2,865.00

per month

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

All prices in United States Dollars.

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.

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.

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

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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 11USA - LimaTonight the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. We will arrive the following morning.Airplane
June 12Lima - CuscoWe 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 13CuscoOur 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 14Cusco - Homestay CommunityToday 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 15Homestay CommunityThese 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 16Homestay CommunityToday, we will work on our service project and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 17Sacred ValleyThe 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 18Homestay CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 19Pisac - 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. 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 20Homestay CommunityToday, we will work on our service project and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 21Homestay CommunityToday, 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 22Homestay CommunityThis 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 23Machu PicchuToday’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 24Cusco - Lima - USAThis 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!

Accommodations


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.
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

I have been on two trips with Walking Tree and both trips have been two of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Cameron
Alumni traveler to Belize and Thailand

Your Adventure Includes

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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