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2021 Lakeridge Middle School Peru Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Lakeridge Middle School 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 13, 2021 - June 28, 2021
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,390 USD - or - $3,290 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,250

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $3,390

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:

$3,290.00

due today

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$361.25

per month

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

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 featured experiences of your program!

Experience the incredible ancient city of Machu Picchu

Tour the ruined complex of Saqsayhuaman above Cusco

See the floating islands of the Uros people on the waters of Lake Titicaca

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

Visit the capital city's coastal neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco

Collaborate on a service project in your homestay community

Enjoy a photographic scavenger hunt of Cusco in the high Andes

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 12USA - Lima, PeruTravel to LimaAirplane
June 13Lima - CuscoWe arrive to Lima at 12:30am today and will catch the first flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, we will head to our hotel for some well-deserved rest. After everyone is refreshed and fed, we will have an orientation meeting, then a guided walking tour of the historic center of Cusco. We will marvel at how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences have molded current day Cusco. Pension Alemana
June 14CuscoOur 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 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 15Cusco - 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 hosts. In the afternoon, we will have a walking orientation of the community and get ready for our first day of service the following day.Homestay
June 16Homestay CommunityOur service days will be spent in our homestay community, 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 our host families and fellow travelers, practice our language skills and explore the surrounding area.Homestay
June 17Homestay CommunityToday we will continue work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 18Sacred ValleyThe 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 return to our host community.Homestay
June 19Homestay CommunityToday we will continue our work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 20Homestay CommunityToday we will finish our work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
June 21PisacThis morning we will head out through Sacred Valley to Pisac, stopping beforehand at an Andean Camelid farm to feed and learn about these unique animals. Once we are in town we will pay a visit to the largest regional market and use our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts in this colorful square! After lunch, we will explore the ruins above town before returning back to our host families for a fiesta de despedida to celebrate our time in the community together. The bravest among us can try cuy, the andean guinea pig eaten on special occasions!Homestay
June 22Ollantaytambo - Aguas CalientesWe will have a relaxing morning in our host community before making our way to the train station to take the beautiful two-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. Depending on our arrival time, we will have the option to play games, do group activities or relax in the modern comforts of our hotel before dinner.Aguas Calientes Hotel
June 23Machu PicchuToday is the day! We will either bus or hike up to 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 head back to our host community this evening.Homestay
June 24Homestay Community - Cusco - Amazon This morning we will say goodbye to our host families and travel to Cusco for our flight to the Amazon. Upon arrival, we will take a short boat ride the lodge and settle into our new setting! Jungle Lodge
June 25AmazonToday we will have a full day of programming coordinated by the jungle lodge. Jungle Lodge
June 26Amazon - LimaToday we will have a morning activity in the Amazon before returning to Puerto Maldonado for the flight to Lima.

Once in Lima, we will take the afternoon to explore the capital's coastal neighborhoods and have a nice cena de despedida, or going away dinner.

At night, we will return to the airport to begin our journey home.
Airplane
June 27USAWe will arrive home!Own bed

Accommodations


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. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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.

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

Hotel Qalasaya

The rooms in Hotel Qalasaya are comfortable, elegant, and well equipped with modern amenities. Rising above most of the surrounding buildings, the hotel also boasts some of the best views of Lake Titicaca. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Homestay

Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.

Safety and Support


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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
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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

Estimated Airfare

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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Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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