2021 Fugelstad Amazon Peru Cultural Journey
March 13, 2021 -
March 22, 2021
Dates are tentative
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Deadline is forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,090
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
Peru Cultural Journey
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.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Hike through the Amazon jungle
Visit the capital city's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco
Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries 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 - Lima||Today the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel and rest after a long day of travel.||Hostal El Patio|
|2||Lima||This morning we will hold an orientation meeting in the hotel gardens to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. After lunch, we will head out for a guided bike tour of two of Lima's coastal neighborhoods, Miraflores and Barranco. Along the way we will view the ancient adobe pyramids of Huacapucllana, ride along the malecón along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, and make a wish across the bridge of sighs! Dinner will be nearby the hotel or in Parque Kennedy before settling in to our hotel for the evening after a fulfilling day in the capital.||Hostal El Patio|
|3||Lima - Puerto Maldonado||Today we will fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway city to some of the most biodiverse pockets of the entire Amazon rainforest. Upon arrival, we will make our way by bus and boat to the eco-lodge, our home for the next four nights in the jungle. We will receive an orientation from the lodge's guides, then set out for a night hike in the forest to experience the vibrant nocturnal wildlife all around us.||Amazon Planet|
|4||Amazon||We will begin our adventure in the Amazon with some canopy hiking! We will summit the highest known network of platforms and walkways in the entire Amazon to get a feel for life above the ground. Afterwards, we will make our way to the Taricaya reserve to learn about what work the local conservationists are doing to rehabilitate the animals there back into the wild. This afternoon we will hike around an agroforestry farm and this evening we will scour the river banks from our motorboat searching for caiman by moonlight!||Amazon Planet|
|5||Amazon||Today we will journey deeper into the jungle to the Tambopata National Reserve and begin the 3km trek to Lake Sandoval, where we will canoe around this pristine palm-ringed lake looking for wildlife. We will spend the better part of the morning here before returning to the lodge for some much needed rest. Later this afternoon we will enjoy a relaxing activity floating down the Madre de Dios river, keeping an eye out for turtles, monkeys, herons and other birds along the river as we take in the wonder of a beautiful sunset over the Amazon.||Amazon Planet|
|6||Amazon||The adventures continue as we visit a native family of the region's Ese-Eia tribe. We will learn about their ancestral customs before heading back to the lodge for lunch. Later on, we will try our hand at fishing, hoping to catch local species such as piranhas or the catfish-like doncella. We will make sure to practice environmentally-conscience "catch-and-release" techniques with the youngsters, but will hve the option to eat our own catch if it's big enough at dinner tonight or donate it to the Rescue Center for the wild dogs or spectacled bear (fish is their favorite meal!). This evening we will take time to reflect on our journey thus far and end the night with some group activities.||Amazon Planet|
|7||Amazon - Arequipa||Today we will make the long journey by boat, bus and airplane to Arequipa. We will set out shortly after breakfast, most likely connecting on to Cusco early this afternoon before catching another flight to Arequipa this evening. Upon arrival, we will settle into our hotel in the historic district and rest after a long day of travel.||Hotel Tierrasur|
|8||Arequipa||Upon waking up in the white city of Arequipa, we will take a tour of the historic center, a UNESCO world heritage site, including St. Catherine's monastery and a visit to some of area's miradors. We will have some free time to explore on our own afterwards before ending the day with a cooking class, where we will get to enjoy our locally inspired creations for dinner. We would be remiss to not end our experience in Arequipa without trying it's famous and uniquely flavored ice cream, "queso helado," for desert before turning in for the evening.||Hotel Tierrasur|
|9||Arequipa - Lima - USA||On our last day in country, we will fly back to the capital ahead of our international departure this evening. Depending on our flight time today, we will venture into the historic district, exploring the plaza mayor and the catacombs under the convent of San Francisco. If time permits, we will then head to MALI to admire the art collections in this national museum before catching a water show in the Parque de los Fuentes before returning to the airport to make our connection back to the USA.||Airplane|
|10||USA||USA arrival.||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Within the pristine Amazon Rainforest, our Posada Amazonas lodge connects you to the natural and cultural wonders of the Tambopata jungle. The lodge is conveniently located just two hours from Puerto Maldonado, yet it offers ample opportunities to observe wildlife and discover ancient indigenous heritage. There is free Wi-Fi available in the rooms in order to start connected, although the connection may vary depending on weather conditions and/or the numbers of guests. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
This eco-luxury lodge is a collection of wooden cabins inspired by the local Ese’Eja architectural style. With over 540 different bird species inventoried on the lodge grounds alone, this property makes for an excellent setting to experience the wild nature of the Amazon. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hostal El Patio
This beautiful bed and breakfast provides the perfect escape in the heart of Lima’s trendy, coastal neighborhood of Miraflores. Flowery terraces and the friendly staff give personality and charm to this lush, green oasis in the middle of the city. 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
This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama
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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
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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