2019 Peru 15 Day Service Adventure – Session 2

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Peru 15 Day 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: July 10, 2019 - July 24, 2019
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Program Tuition: $4,290 - or - $4,076 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $950

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Program Tuition: $4,290

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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.

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Tour the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu

Learn new moves in a Latin dance class

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. 

July 10USA - LimaToday the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. Flights usually arrive in the evening, so the group will settle in to their hotel and rest ahead of their journey to Cusco in the morning.Mami Panchita
July 11Lima - CuscoToday we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. Once in Cusco, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail before taking a guided walking tour and marvel how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences mold the current day Cusco.Pension Alemana
July 12CuscoOur 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 and tour the famous ruins of Saksaywaman. In the evening, we will enjoy local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.Pension Alemana
July 13Cusco - 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
July 14Homestay 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
July 15Homestay CommunityToday, we will work on our service project and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
July 16Sacred 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 on bikes (or vans) through the Sacred Valley to Moray, an ancient agricultural laboratory and Salineras, thousands of salt pools cascading down the mountains.Homestay
July 17Homestay CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
July 18Pisac - OllantaytamboWe will leave our homestay village 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 Incan ruins at Ollantaytambo, where Incan warriors staged a heroic stand against the Spanish.Homestay
July 19Homestay Community - Aguas CalientesThis 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.Aguas Calientes Hotel
July 20Machu PicchuToday’s the day! We will wake early and either hike or bus 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 our homestay community for our last night with families.Homestay
July 21Homestay - JungleAfter a short flight, we will arrive in Puerto Maldonado on the banks of the Madre de Dios river, a tributary of the Amazon, around lunch time. After a short boat ride, we will be at our Eco Lodge and home for the next few days of exploring the Amazon jungle. We will take day and night tours of the Amazon hoping to see as much wildlife as possible and learning about the ecology and culture of this critical ecosystem.Amazon Lodge
July 22AmazonToday we will spend the whole 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 visit an indigenous community. By night, we will take a hike to experience the nocturnal side of the jungle.Amazon Lodge
July 23Amazon - LimaToday will travel from our lodge back to Puerto Maldonado and onto Lima. We will spend the day exploring the Peruvian capital with a much more comprehensive understanding of Peru.Mami Panchita
July 24Lima - USAAfter another day of exploring Lima and a powerful final reflection meeting, we will return to the Lima airport for our overnight flight home.Airplane
July 25USAWe will arrive 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.
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.

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.

Safety and Support


This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Group Airfare Not Included

In order to give our travelers the flexibility for choosing the best itinerary and payment (cash vs mileage, vs rewards) for their particular situation, we do not include airfare in our program tuitions. Please visit this link for more details. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Airfare to destination country, 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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