2021 Montessori School of Evergreen Peru Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Montessori School of Evergreen Peru Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, 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 intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Peru!!
Travel Dates: March 9, 2021 - March 17, 2021
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Program Tuition: $3,190 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,278

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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

Cultural Journeys

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.

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

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

Practice your Spanish language skills with locals

Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo

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

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
March 9USA - Lima, PeruToday the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel and rest after a long journey.Lima Hotel
March 10LimaThis morning we will hold an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. After lunch, we'll make our way to the historic center to explore the capital's main plaza, including the presidential palace, and admire the beautiful Spanish colonial styles found here. We will continue with a tour of the catacombs underneath the Convent of San Francisco before making our way back to Miraflores. Tonight we'll grab dinner near Parque Kennedy, then walk around this bustling park to sample street sweets and take in the atmosphere.Lima Hotel
March 11Lima - PunoThis morning we will head to the airport to catch our flight to Juliaca. Once we arrive we will transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will spend the rest of the day relaxing to acclimatize to the altitude and catch a lively demonstration of indigenous dances in town over dinner this evening.Hotel Qalasaya
March 12Lake TiticacaAfter breakfast and watching the sunrise over the lake, we will depart on bicycle taxis for our boat. We will navigate the lake with our guide to Taquile, a remote island with stunning views and unique cultural traditions. Afterwards we will share a traditional meal with some of the lake's indigenous inhabitants before making our way to the floating islands of the Uros people, who continually construct these homes using the lake's reeds. We will return to Puno for dinner and relaxation after a fulfilling day.Hotel Qalasaya
March 13Puno - CuscoToday we will travel overland to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. Once in Cusco, 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
March 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
March 15Cusco - Pisac - UrubambaThe adventures continue as we head out to an Andean Camelid farm to feed the llamas and alpacas there and learn about the significant roles these animals have played throughout Andean life. Afterwards, we'llmake our way to the town of Pisac, home to the largest regional market. We will exercise our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts in this colorful market! After we have sufficiently explored town, if time permits we will participate in an artisan's workshop who specializes in making crafts out of Amazonian seeds. We will end the day at our quaint accomodations in Urubamba, where we will play games and facilitate activities that help us reflect on our journey thus far.La Quinta Eco Hotel
March 16Sared ValleyToday we'll check out 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 Urubamba.La Quinta Eco Hotel
March 17Urubamba - Aguas CalientesAfter breakfast we will head to the nearby town of Ollantaytambo, a small town that has preserved its original Quechua design. We will have the option to either go on a hike, play pick-up soccer with the locals, explore the ruined Sun Temple above town, or hang out in the plaza, enjoying snacks and a relaxing morning in this quaint town while we wait for our train. We will then embark on a two hour train ride and admire the changing landscape as we descend to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. After eating dinner and settling in to our hotel, we will rest ahead of our big day tomorrow.Hatun Inti Classic
March 18Machu PicchuToday's the day! We will wake early and bus up to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. With our local guide, we will hike all around this breathtaking site to learn about the history and significance of this mysterious citadel set high in the Andes. If we have the energy, we can also explore other lesser-known parts of Machu Picchu such as the sun gate or Inca Bridge. Afterwards, we will make our way back to Urubamba to spend the night.La Quinta Eco Hotel
March 19Urubamba - Lima - USAToday we will begin the long journey home, but not before we get to try our hand in a chocolate making workshop. We will participate in a fun, interactive class on how to make our own delicious chocolates in Cusco before heading to the airport to catch our domestic connection to Lima. If time permits, we will leave the airport ahead of our international connection to enjoy the magic water show at Parque de la Reserva and/or enjoy a final meal in country overlooking the Pacific Ocean. ¡Hasta luego!Airplane
March 20USAArrive home!Your own bed, eventually!

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. 
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.

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.

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.

La Quinta Eco Hotel

La Quinta Eco Hotel offers modern facilities in a lush, unforgettable setting. All rooms are comfortable, clean, and have their own private bathroom. Students can enjoy the facilities on the grounds as well, including a game room, a pool, and ample green spaces. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel to keep everyone connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.

Hatun Inti

Hatun Inti is a modern, clean, and locally owned and operated hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes. The friendly staff, complimentary teas, delicious food, and modern amenities combine to make this hotel the perfect place to relax for travelers visiting Machu Picchu. 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


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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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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.

 

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