2021 Fuglestad Ecuador and Peru Cultural Journey
March 13, 2021 -
March 22, 2021
Dates are tentative
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$3,390 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Deadline is forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,490
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Ecuador Service Adventure
Don’t let Ecuador’s size fool you. Tucked between Colombia and Peru, it might be the smallest Andean nation but the country is packed with jarring contrasts of scenery and ways of life. Often called a microcosm of Latin America, the diversity in people and places is truly astounding and makes Ecuador a delight to visit. Whether trekking through dense Amazonian rainforest, marveling at the majesty of massive snow-capped peaks, exploring colorful highland markets or navigating Quito’s historic colonial district, our programs will show you the many sides of this captivating country.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Experience the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu
Study unique wildlife alongside researchers
Hike through the Amazon jungle
Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo
Explore historic downtown Quito
Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco in the high Andes
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||Minneapolis- Quito, Ecuador||Tonight we will fly south from the USA, connecting in Panama and arriving in Ecuador tomorrow.||Airplane|
|2||Quito||We arrive in Quito late this morning. After we clear customs we will depart the airport for the capital's centro historico , where we will eat lunch and visit the Basílica del Voto Nacional . Later we will return to the airport to fly onward to Lago Agrio, where we will rest for the evening after a long day of travel ahead of our adventures in the jungle tomorrow!||San Francisco|
|3||Quito - Parque||After breakfast, we will make our way to the Cuyabeno National Park system, our home in the Amazon jungle for the next few days. We will hold an orientation with our guides upon arrival to the eco-lodge, where we will have the opportunity to experience the region's unique flora and fauna through a variety of activities. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, searching for wildlife (including pink river dolphins!) and learning how to cook traditional dishes with the indigenous Siona community.||Green Forest Eco Lodge|
|4||Parque||Guided Amazonian adventures continue, activites vary.||Green Forest Eco Lodge|
|5||Parque||Guided Amazonian adventures continue, activites vary.||Green Forest Eco Lodge|
|6||Parque - Papallacta||Today we will say adios to the jungle and travel onward to the Papallacta hot springs high in the Andes. We will spend our last night in Ecuador soaking in the hot springs under the stars ahead of our departure tomorrow.||Las Termas de Papallacta|
|7||Papallacta - Quito, Ecuador - Lima, Peru||We'll have an optional short hike in the morning to see the ecosystems that characterize the Antisana Reserve, then travel from Papallacta to Quito. If time permits, we will ride a cable car up Pichincha Volcano or to head over to Parque Itchimbia to see a final panoramic of Quito before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Peru!||Hostal El Patio|
|8||Lima - Cusco||Today we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. Once in Cusco, we will acclimate to our new altitude over tea at our hotel in the San Blas neighborhood to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. Later, we will take a guided walking tour and marvel at how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences have molded current day Cusco.||Pension Alemana|
|9||Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes||The adventures continue as we set out for Chinchero, a small town just above the Sacred Valley, where we will enjoy a weaving demonstration from the women famous for these local textiles. We will then make our way to Salineras, where thousands of salt pools cascade down the mountains. From there we will descend the Sacred Valley and make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we will take the beautiful two-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu.||Las Cabañas de Machu Picchu|
|10||Machu Picchu - Cusco||Today we will wake early and either hike or bus to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. With our local guide, we will learn about the history and significance of this citadel set high in the Andes, and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. We will then make our way back to Cusco this evening.||Pension Alemana|
|11||Cusco - Lima - USA||Today we will say goodbye to the Andes and will fly from Cusco to Lima to connect to our flight home this afternoon.||Airplane|
|12||USA||Arrive home!||Your own bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Santa Lucia Eco Lodge
Located high in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, this eco-lodge is only accessible by foot, but the 45 minute hike up to the lodge rewards guests with unbeatable views of the surround nature reserve. Selected for its dedication to conservation, it is also a convenient base from which to assist local researchers with their wildlife conservation projects in the area. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
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, 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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