2022 St Mary’s Academy Peru Program
June 1, 2022 -
June 10, 2022
Dates are placeholders
Airfare not included in program tuition
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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,790
Pay in Full
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!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends!
Contribute to a local community by working on a service project
Tour the ruined complex of Saqsayhuaman above Cusco
Navigate the region's largest market in Pisac
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Sandboard down giant sand dunes in Chilca
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
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.
|1||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 after a long journey.||Hotel Antigua Miraflores|
|2||Lima||This 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.||Hotel Antigua Miraflores|
|3||Lima - Cusco||Today we will fly 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. Afterwards we will enjoy a traditional Cusqueñan meal and rest at our hotel to acclimitize to our new environment.||Pension Alemana|
|4||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|
|5||Cusco - Pisac - Urubamba||The 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'll make 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! 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|
|6||Sared Valley||Today 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 explore 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|
|7||Urubamba - Aguas Calientes||After 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|
|8||Machu Picchu||Today'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|
|9||Urubamba - Lima - USA||Today 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 for a magic water show at Parque de la Reserva or a final meal in country overlooking the Pacific Ocean. ¡Hasta luego!||Airplane|
|10||USA||Today we will arrive home.||Home|
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.
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.
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.
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 was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California 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. 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!
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.