Details & Itinerary

Your service adventure of a lifetime will take you beyond the tourist track and into the communities of the Sacred Valley. It is here that education and community-based service projects, fascinating indigenous marketplaces, and exciting adventure activities will populate your journey. Highlighted by a breathtaking excursion to Machu Picchu, this adventure is not one to miss.

Itinerary

DAYS 1-3: SACRED VALLEY ORIENTATION

The group flies together into Lima, transfers to Cusco, and takes a bus into the Scared Valley town of Urubamba. We settle into our B&B for introductory activities, including a team scavenger hunt, that gets the group speaking Spanish and working together. We take an excursion to a nearby alpaca farm, work our bargaining skills at a bustling artisan market, and prepare for our upcoming homestays through language lessons and homestay role-playing.

DAYS 4-11: CALCA HOMESTAYS AND SERVICE PROJECTS

Time to transition to our homestay families in Calca. For the next week, our friendly and hospitable host families will open their hearts and homes to us; you will quickly feel like part of the family! As most of the families do not speak English, your Spanish language skills will improve daily. While meals, evenings, and weekends are reserved for homestay family time, our group gathers daily to work on projects. We will collaborate with our host community and local schools on projects they deem necessary. Previous projects have included constructing playgrounds, producing adobe bricks for a student dormitory, painting a school classroom, and working with local youth on educational activities. We spend our afternoons exploring the region and visiting such cultural landmarks as Pisac Market and the unusual Inca ruins of Moray. We also enjoy hiking, playing soccer, learning local arts and crafts, and engaging in cultural exchange with new local friends. We will spend a few days with families in a local indigenous community and complete service projects alongside community members while practicing our Quechua. On the last day, we throw a final fiesta to celebrate our hard work and thank our new friends and families. Please see The Homestay Experience for more information on how we select our homestay communities and families!

DAYS 12-13: MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR

We arrive by train at the small, scenic town of Aguas Calientes. Accompanied by a local guide, we rise early to behold the majestic lost city of the Incas. Nestled high in the mysterious Andes, Machu Picchu is a phenomenal and dramatic way to highlight this adventure of a lifetime in Peru!

DAYS 14-16: CUSCO AND TRAVEL HOME

We spend our final days in Peru souvenir shopping and exploring important cultural highlights in Cusco. We share a final group dinner in the Plaza de Armas, overlooking the beauty of Cusco at night. We all fly back to Lima.

The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from Houston (IAH) for this program. Airfare is not included in tuition. Internal flights are included in the group flight cost. Please visit Dates & Tuition for group flight costs and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.

 

Service Projects

Education

Construct dorms and classrooms to improve access to education for young women from low-income families in remote communities

Community Development

Build a market space in an indigenous community to increase community funds and access to goods

Environment

Plant organic gardens and participate in reforestation efforts

Children

Provide support at an underfunded school for children with disabilities

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Barter for artisan goods in indigenous markets in Pisac and Cusco

Visit the majestic lost Inca city of Machu Picchu

Spend a day with families in a traditional indigenous Quechua village

Explore Peruvian cultural centers

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Accommodations

URUBAMBA

Our lodge near Urubamba is a retreat center set on sprawling grounds with a lush mountain garden. Rooms are comfortable and include beds for two to six students and bathrooms with hot water. Meals are served on premises.

CALCA HOMESTAYS

A 30 minute drive into Calca takes us to a local school which serves as the meeting place for our homestay families. Students will live 1 or 2 per home (depending on preference) and have a private space and bed in their homestays. Breakfast and dinner will take place at home, while daily activities and lunch will be with our group.

AGUAS CALIENTES

Nestled at the base of Machu Picchu is the bustling town of Aguas Calientes. We take a train into town and settle into our hotel for the night. Accommodations here feature clean and comfortable bedrooms in an idyllic location.

CUSCO

This former Inca capital is a tourist mecca and lodging options abound. Our choice of lodging is in a quiet, quaint hotel set back from the busy streets. It not only offers comfy rooms and ample group space, but its proceeds support a nearby orphanage which will inspire us during our stay and provide opportunities for cultural exchange.

Reviews & Testimonials

It opened my eyes to much more of the world and it was amazing. Honestly a trip that I will never forget.

- Shannon L., Peru and Ecuador Participant

I feel better prepared to enter the world in terms of self-awareness, cultural knowledge, and language skills.

- Ian L., Peru and Ecuador Participant