2024 Graland Country Day Peru Program
June 1, 2024 -
June 9, 2024
Dates are tentative
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. 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
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 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
Contribute to a local community by working on a service project
Experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu
Tour the Saqsayhuaman complex above Cusco
Learn new moves in a Latin dance class
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
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.
|June 1||USA - Lima, Peru||Today the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru. After arrival, the group will settle into our hotel in the beautiful coastal neighborhood of Miraflores for the evening and have an orientation meeting where we will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Hostal El Patio|
|June 2||Lima - Cusco||Today we will leave Lima and travel to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Once in Cusco, we will pause to acclimatize to our new altitude before taking a guided walking tour and marvel how Incan, Spanish and modern influences mold current day Cusco.||Pension Alemana|
|June 3||Cusco||Our day will begin with an adventurous photographic scavenger hunt in the cobblestone streets around the central plaza of Cusco. Next, we will take a guided hike around the ruins of Saqsayhuaman above the city and take in the panoramic views of the valley. We can bus or hike back to down to the San Blas neighborhood, where we will practice our moves in a Latin dance class! In the evening, we will enjoy local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.||Pension Alemana|
|June 4||Cusco - Ollantaytambo||Today we will depart Cusco for Ollantaytambo, one of the few remaining towns in the region preserving its original Incan design. Along the way we will visit an Awanakancha, or weaving house, and learn about the traditional Andean weaving process. Afterwards, we will tour the famous archeological sites of Moray and Salineras, learning how the Incans pioneered an agricultural laboratory and harvested the impressive salt pools. After settling into our hotel in Ollantaytambo, our community we'll set out to explore town and learn more about the details of our service work.||Hotel Sol|
|June 5||Ollantaytambo||Our service days will be spent in our homestay community, which represents 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 community and fellow travelers, practice our language skills and explore the surrounding area.||Hotel Sol|
|June 6||Ollantaytambo||Today we will work on our service project(s) and spend time with community members. Evening activities will vary.||Hotel Sol|
|June 7||Machu Picchu - Cusco||Today's the day! We will wake early and either hike or bus to the famous ruins at Machu Picchu. With our local guide, we will learn about the history and significance of the site and take time to reflect on our journey thus far. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to Cusco to enjoy our final evening in country.||Pension Alemana|
|June 8||Cusco - Lima - USA||This morning we will say adios to Cusco and begin our journey back to the USA. We will take an afternoon flight from Cusco to Lima, then from there explore a few of the cooler neighborhoods in Lima before catching our overnight flight back to the USA.||Airplane|
|June 9||USA||Arrive home||Your own bed!|
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.
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.
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.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica
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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