2021 Lakeridge Middle School Peru Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 13, 2021 - June 28, 2021|
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$3,290 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
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:
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:
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
Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, home to the Uros people
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
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.
|June 12||USA - Lima, Peru||Travel to Lima||Airplane|
|June 13||Lima - Cusco||We 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 14||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 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 15||Cusco - Homestay Community||Today 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 16||Homestay Community||Our 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 17||Homestay Community||Today we will continue work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 18||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 return to our host community.||Homestay|
|June 19||Homestay Community||Today we will continue our work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 20||Homestay Community||Today we will finish our work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|June 21||Pisac||This 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 22||Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes||We 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 23||Machu Picchu||Today 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 24||Homestay 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 25||Amazon||Today we will have a full day of programming coordinated by the jungle lodge.||Jungle Lodge|
|June 26||Amazon - Lima||Today 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.
|June 27||USA||We will arrive home!||Own bed|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.
Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey
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!
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.