2022 West Ottawa Peru Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 15, 2022 - June 26, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,990
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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 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 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.
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
Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon
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 ahead of our connecting flight the following morning.||Hostal El Patio|
|2||Lima||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 the malecón parkway 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|
|3||Lima - Puno||This 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 demonstration of indigenous dances in town over dinner this evening.||Hotel Qalasaya|
|4||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 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 this evening.||Hotel Qalasaya|
|5||Puno - Cusco||Today 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|
|6||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|
|7||Pisac||Today we will head out to the town of Pisac, home to the largest regional market. Along the way we will make a brief stop at an Andean camelid farm to feed llamas and alpacas as well as learn about the important roles these animals played to South America's indigenous peoples. We will then explore the colorful market in Pisac and use our Spanish language skills to negotiate good prices on world class crafts! Later we will set out through the stunning Sacred Valley to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu.||Aguas Calientes Hotel|
|8||Machu Picchu||Today's the day! We will wake early and either hike or bus to the famous ruins of 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 then head back to Cusco for dinner and some much needed rest after a fulfilling day.||Pension Alemana|
|9||Cusco - Puerto Maldonado||We will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to some of the most biodiverse pockets of the Peruvian Amazon! From town we will embark on a 40 minute boat ride down the Madre de Dios river into the jungle, where we will settle in to the bungalows we will call home for the next two nights. This afternoon we will have our first excursion into the surrounding forest to a shiringuero, or rubber encampent, to learn about this collection process and see how it is used for many products. This evening we will embark on a caiman safari on the river, searching for caiman and, with a bit of luck, other animals along the banks from our boat.||Corto Maltes|
|10||Amazon||This morning we will venture even deeper into the Amazon to the Tambopata National Reserve, where we will hike around with our guide, admiring the variety of incredible flora and fauna on the ground. We will also row across the stunning, palm-ringed Lake Sandoval and search for giant river otters! In the afternoon, we will visit an observation tower to enjoy the sunset and a different perspective above the canopy, as well as a Brazil nut camp on our way back to the lodge.||Corto Maltes|
|11||Puerto Maldonado - Lima - USA||Early morning rise to embark on a short walk to a clay-lick, where we will observe a colorful and delightful display of parrots during their morning feed. After our own breakfast, we will head back to Puerto Maldonado and visit the local market before our afternoon flight back to Lima. If time permits, we'll leave the airport before our international connection for a final dinner in the capital. ¡Hasta luego!||Airplane|
|12||USA||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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotel Sol offers brand new rooms in the historic Quechua village of Ollantaytambo. Conveniently located by the main plaza and only a short walk from the train station, the cozy, modern accommodations and friendly staff make Hotel Sol one of the best options in town. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Corto Maltes Amazonia
The rustic lodge at Corto Maltes is a collection of beautifully finished wood bungalows, common spaces, kitchen cabin, pool and garden areas. This low-impact, eco-friendly lodge provides an important balance of comfort and style while enjoying the wild of the Amazon. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the common areas during certain times of day. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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.
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