2025 SCPA Peru Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 SCPA Peru Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: May 22, 2025 - June 1, 2025
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,590 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $800

Tuition Calculator

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: $3,590

Pay in Full

$3,590.00

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Payment Plan

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:

$280.91

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights


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

Hike through the Amazon jungle

Explore the Sun Temple and other Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo

Canoe through Lake Sandoval in the Amazon

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

April 11LocationDescriptionLodging
April 11USA - Lima, PeruToday the group will travel from the USA to Lima, Peru in an overnight flight arriving in the early morning the following day.Airplane
April 12Lima - CuscoThe group will arrive early in the morning to Lima and 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. During our tour, we will visit the Qoricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca EmpireHotel Rojas Inn
April 13CuscoAfter a good night of rest, the group will begin the day with a trip just outside Cusco to visit the famous Quechua ruins of Saqsayhuaman. On our way back to Cusco, we will visti a camelid farm where we will get to feed, pet and learn about lamas, alpacas, vicuñas amongst other animals. Back in the city we will have lunch and then, we will practice our dance moves in a Latin dance class. In the evening, we will have some free time to explore Cuscos markets in small groups before enjoying local and international food and the comforts of our quaint hotel.Hotel Rojas Inn
April 14Cusco - Sacred Valley - OllantaytamboThe adventures continue as we set out for 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 Moray, an ancient Quechua agricultural laboratory. From there we will descend the Sacred Valley in bikes (or vans) and finish the day in Ollantaytambo.Hotel Sol Ollantay
April 15OllataytamboAfter a delicious breakfast, we will go on another day trip in the Sacred Valley. This time we are heading to Pisac, best known for its Sunday market, where many local farmers come down from the highlands to sell their products, including some very fresh food, raw materials, tomatoes, rice, potatoes. Students will have time to explore this bustling market and check out the many handcrafts that are also sold here. This town also hosts an archeological site dating from about the same time as Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we will head back to Ollantaytambo where we will have some free time to explore Ollantaytambo. Hotel Sol Ollantay
April 16Ollantaytambo - Aguas CalientesToday we will explore the town and the Ollantaytambo archeological site. From this site we will get a breathtaking view of the valley. We will have some free time to explore the local market and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, we will head to the train station where we will catch our train to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. We will spend the rest of the day relaxing ahead of our big day tomorrow.Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
April 17Machu PicchuToday's the day! We will wake early and take the 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. After lunch, we will take a train back to Ollantaytambo while enjoying for one last time the breathtaking views of the Peruvian highlands. Once we have arrived, we will continue driving back to Cusco and settle in our hotel to prepare for out flight to the Amazonian region tomorrow. Hotel Rojas Inn
April 18Cusco - Puerto MaldonadoToday we will fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway city to some of the most biodiverse pockets of the entire Amazon rainforest. Upon arrival, we will make our way by bus and boat to the eco-lodge, our home for the next three nights in the jungle. We will receive an orientation from the lodge's guides, then set out for a night hike in the forest to experience the vibrant nocturnal wildlife all around us.Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge
April 19AmazonWe will begin today by exploring the jungle's canopy by hiking through a series of suspension bridges. We will continue onward to a wildlife rescue center, where we may see jaguars, monkeys, bush dogs, tapirs and more, to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate displaced wildlife back into their habitat. Later, we will hike around an agroforestry farm in the area before searching for caiman on the river's edge this evening!Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge
April 20AmazonThis morning we will venture even deeper in the rainforest to Lake Sandoval, a stunning palm-ringed lake in the heart of the Tambopata reserve. We will paddle around the pristine lake, keeping our eyes peeled for howler monkeys, macaws, hoatzin, and the endangered river otter. Back near the lodge, we will enjoy a relaxing afternoon floating the river, watching for turtles, heron, and capybara. We will end our adventures in the Amazon tonight with lectures from local conservationists on the projects they are working on to preserve this delicate ecosystem before falling asleep to the sounds of the forest.Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge
April 21Puerto Maldonado - LimaThis morning we will say goodbye to the Amazon basin and begin our journey back to the USA. We will take an afternoon flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima. We will transfer to our hotel where we will get some rest, take time to reflect on our journey thus far.Hotel Girasoles Miraflores
April 22LimaThis morning we will We will then make our way to the historic center to explore the plaza mayor and the catacombs underneath the convent of San Francisco. In the afternoon, we will complete our end of program activities before heading out to have a leisurely walk and explore our our neighborhood Miraflores. We will pass by the lively Parque Kennedy and catch sunset at Parque del Amor. We will then have our final celebratory dinner before heading out for an early night to prepare for our international flight in the early morning tomorrow.Hotel Girasoles Miraflores
April 23Lima - USAWe will head to the airport in the early morning to catch our flight home. Hasta luego!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge

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.

Pension Alemana

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

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.

Hotel Sol Ollantay

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
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

My son had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica, helped to build a preschool classroom, and has created memories that will last a lifetime!

Jodi
Parent of traveler on Costa Rica Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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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