2023 Lakeridge Peru Cultural Journey
|March 24, 2023 - April 1, 2023
Airfare not included in program tuition
|June 10, 2022
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $2,590
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 Cultural Journey
Viva Peru! Here is a country with so much to offer a curious traveler: dazzling culture, world-famous landscapes, compelling history and friendly and hospitable people. Whether you’re strolling the cobblestone streets of Cusco, watching the sun rise from the splendor of Machu Picchu or working on a meaningful service project in a small community in and mountains of the Sacred Valley, Peru is sure to leave you wanting more.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu
Tour the Saqsayhuaman complex above Cusco
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo
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.
|USA - Lima, Peru
|Today we will leave Portland bound for Lima. Ideally, we will travel overnight, arriving the next morning.
|Lima - Cusco
|Today we will fly over the heart of the Andes 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.
|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 overlooking town. In the evening, we will enjoy local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.
|Cusco - Sacred Valley
|This morning, we will depart Cusco and descent into the famous Sacred Valley. We will visit an alpaca farm and one of the regional markets.
In the afternoon, we will settle in the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo and climb the famous Incan fortress.
|Hotel Sol Ollantay
|The adventures continue as we set out for Chinchero this morning, 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 Ollantaymbo later this afternoon. Finally, we'll board a train and wind our way down the valley to Aguas Calientes, the basetown of Machu Picchu, ahead of our tour of the citadel tomorrow.
|Aguas Calientes Hotel
|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 remarkable citadel set high in the Andes, and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. When we've finished our tour we'll hop back on the train and spend the night in Ollantaytambo.
|Hotel Sol Ollantay
|Ollantaytambo - Lima - USA
|We'll begin our journey back to the capital today ahead of our international connection home. If our schedule allows, we can enjoy a relaxing morning in Ollantaytambo, either exploring the town on foot, taking in the plaza's atmosphere in a corner cafe, or playing pick up soccer with locals. We'll travel overland to Cusco and board a flight back to Lima. If time permits, we'll leave the airport to enjoy a final dinner together and celebrate our time spent in country before catching our international connection.
|Today the group will arrive to the USA. ¡Hasta luego!
|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.
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 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.
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
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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