2021 Mullen Peru Service Adventure
March 12, 2021 -
March 22, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,290
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free 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 rural homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects which are guided by our community partners. Living in these small communities provides the opportunity to engage the language and culture from a uniquely advantageous position.
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
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
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.
|March 12||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.||Hostal El Patio|
|March 13||Lima, Peru||This 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 14||Lima - Puno||The 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 15||Lake Titicaca||After 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 16||Cusco||Today 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 17||Cusco - Pisac - Host Community||Today 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 18||Homestay Community||Today we will work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|March 19||Host Community||Today we will work on our service project(s) and spend time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.||Homestay|
|March 20||Machu Picchu||Today 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 21||Cusco - Lima - USA||This 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 22||USA||We will arrive home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, 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 and safe.
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.
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.
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.
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
With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama
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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
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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