2021 Mullen Peru Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Mullen Peru Service Adventure!  To better inform yourself about this once in a lifetime opportunity, there are two webpages at your disposal. The first is the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share the itinerary, exciting highlights and important info that travelers will want to know before signing up.  Once enrolled, your family will begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a much greater level of detail.  Please take the time to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Peru!! And cheviche! 
Travel Dates: March 12, 2021 - March 22, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,290 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $750
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

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

Program Tuition: $3,290

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$3,290.00

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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:

$930.00

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

Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac

Improve your Spanish by living with a host family

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
March 12USA - Lima, PeruToday 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.Hostal El Patio
March 13Lima, PeruThis morning we will hold an orientation meeting in the hotel gardens to discuss the upcoming trip in detail. We will then 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! Later this afternoon we will make our way to the historic center to explore the plaza mayor and the catacombs underneath the convent of San Francisco.Hostal El Patio
March 14Lima - PunoThe group will fly onward to Juliaca, near the shores of Lake Titicaca . We will continue overland to Puno where the group will enjoy the unique Andean culture and rest at our new altitude. Tonight we will enjoy a lively demonstration of indigenous dances over dinner.Hotel Qalasaya
March 15Lake TiticacaAfter breakfast and watching the sunrise over the lake, we will depart on bicycle taxis for our boat. We will navigate the lake to Taquile, a remote island with stunning views and unique cultural traditions, then onward to the floating islands of the Uros people, who live on islands made of floating reeds. We will return to Puno for dinner and relaxation.Hotel Qalasaya
March 16CuscoToday we will leave Puno and travel over the beautiful high plains of Peru to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Quechua empire. Once in Cusco, we will take a guided walking tour and marvel at how Quechua, Spanish and modern influences have molded the current day Cusco.Pension Alemana
March 17Cusco - Pisac - Host CommunityToday we will head to the Sacred Valley, stopping at an Andean camelid farm to learn a bit about llamas and alpacas before continuing on to Pisac. We will spend the morning practicing our Spanish bartering skills and shopping in one of the biggest regional markets in the valley. We will eat lunch in town before setting out for the homestay community. Upon arrival, we will be met by our host families in the plaza before orienting ourselves around town. The service days here 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
March 18Homestay CommunityToday we will work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
March 19Host CommunityToday we will work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Homestay
March 20Machu PicchuToday we will wake early and make our way to the train station to take the beautiful two-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. We will then either hike or bus to the famous ruins in the afternoon. 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
March 21Cusco - Lima - USAThis morning we will say goodbye to our host families and begin our journey back to the USA. On our way back to Cusco, we will stop in 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 have some last minute shopping opportunities before continuing on to the airport. We will take an afternoon flight from Cusco to Lima. If time permits, we will leave the airport to enjoy a final meal overlooking the Pacific Ocean before catching our overnight flight from Lima to the USA.Airplane
March 22USAWe will arrive 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.

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


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

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.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

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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