2021 Gilbert High School Peru Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 16, 2021 - June 26, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,190
Pay in Full
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.
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.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Experience 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
Hike through the Amazon jungle
Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo
Visit the capital city's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco
Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
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||USA - Lima, Peru||Today the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel and rest ahead of our connecting flight the following morning.||Mami Panchita|
|2||Lima - Cusco||Today we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. Once in Cusco, we will hold an orientation meeting at our hotel in the beautiful San Blas neighborhood to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. Later, we will take a guided walking tour of the historic center and marvel at how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences have molded current day Cusco.||Pension Alemana|
|3||Cusco||Our day will begin with an adventurous photographic scavenger hunt in the cobblestone streets around the central plaza of Cusco. Next, we will practice our moves in a Latin dance class before heading up the surrounding mountains to tour the famous Quechua ruins of Saqsayhuaman and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city. In the evening, we will enjoy local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.||Pension Alemana|
|4||Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo||Today we will head out to the town of Pisac, home to the largest regional market. Along the way we will make a brief stop at an Andean camelid farm to feed llamas and alpacas as well as learn about the important roles these animals played to South America's indigenous peoples. We will then explore the colorful market in Pisac and use our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts! Later we will set out through the stunning Sacred Valley for Ollantaytambo, the community where we will work on our service project tomorrow.||Hotel Sol Ollantay|
|5||Ollantaytambo||Our service day will be spent in Ollantaytambo, which represent the heart and soul of our program. We will volunteer on meaningful service project(s) during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to interact with locals and fellow travelers, practice our language skills and explore the surrounding area.||Hotel Sol Ollantay|
|6||Sacred Valley||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, and Moray, an ancient Quechua agricultural laboratory. From there we will descend the Sacred Valley in bikes (or vans) and head over to the train station. We will take a two hour train ride this evening to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu, and settle in to our accommodations.||Aguas Calientes Hotel|
|7||Machu Picchu||Today's the day! We will wake early and either bus or hike to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. With our local guide, we will learn about the history and significance of this mystical citadel set high in the Andes, and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. We will head back to Cusco this evening.||Pension Alemana|
|8||Cusco - Puerto Maldonado||We will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to some of the most biodiverse pockets of the Peruvian Amazon! From town we will embark on a 40 minute boat ride down the Madre de Dios river into the jungle, where we will settle in to the bungalows we will call home for the next two nights. This afternoon we will have our first excursion into the surrounding forest to a shiringuero, or rubber encampent, to learn about this collection process and see how it is used for many products. This evening we will embark on a caiman safari on the river, searching for caiman and, with a bit of luck, other animals along the banks from our boat.||Corto Maltes Amazonia|
|9||Amazon||This morning we will venture even deeper into the Amazon to the Tambopata National Reserve, where we will hike around with our guide, admiring the variety of incredible flora and fauna on the ground. We will also row across the stunning, palm-ringed Lake Sandoval and search for giant river otters! In the afternoon, we will visit an observation tower to enjoy the sunset and a different perspective above the canopy, as well as a Brazil nut camp on our way back to the lodge.||Corto Maltes Amazonia|
|10||Puerto Maldonado - Lima - USA||Today we will say goodbye to Peru and begin our journey back to the USA. Depending on our international flight time, we will rise early and take short walk to a clay-lick, where we will observe a colorful and delightful display of parrots during their morning feed. After our own breakfast, we will head back to Puerto Maldonado and visit the local market before catching our flight back to the capital. If time permits, will leave the airport to experience the capital. Options could include exploring the historic center around the plaza mayor, including a tour of the catacombs under the convent of San Francisco; checking out some of the vast collections of Peruvian art and and treasures in MALI or the Larco Museum; catching an impressive water and light show at Parque de la Exposicin; or a eating a final meal together on the malecn overlooking the Pacific Ocean before catching our overnight flight from Lima to the USA.||Airplane|
|11||USA||We will arrive home!||Own bed|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, 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, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.
Corto Maltes Amazonia
The rustic lodge at Corto Maltes is a collection of beautifully finished wood bungalows, common spaces, kitchen cabin, pool and garden areas. This low-impact, eco-friendly lodge provides an important balance of comfort and style while enjoying the wild of the Amazon. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the common areas during certain times of day. 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. 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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