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The group flies together into Lima, Peru and transfers by plane directly to Cusco where they are greeted by their Global Works leader. Next, we transfer to Urubamba where we settle into our cozy hotel near town. Our orientation begins with an excursion to the amazing Pisac market place to barter for local crafts. In the evening, we prepare for our upcoming homestays through language lessons and homestay role-playing.
Time to transition to our homestay families in Urubamba. For the next few nights, 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 and evenings 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 hands on development projects in the local schools. Previous projects have included constructing playgrounds, building a community center, 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 the Inca ruins of Moray. We also enjoy hiking, learning local arts and crafts, and engaging in language and cultural activities with new local friends. One day, we will spend with families in a local indigenous community and experience traditional village life for a day. On the last day, we throw a final fiesta to celebrate
We arrive by train to the small, scenic town of Aguas Calientes. Accompanied by a local guide, we rise early to behold the majestic “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu. Nestled high in the mysterious Andes, Machu Picchu is a phenomenal and dramatic way to highlight this adventure of a lifetime in Peru!
We spend our final full day in Peru souvenir shopping and exploring important, cultural highlights in Cusco such as the Museo del Oro and Sacsayhuaman ruins above town. We then hop on a short flight back to Lima before heading back home. We share our new experiences with our friends and family, who greet us when we arrive. It is the end of the trip, but a new beginning to awareness about ourselves and the world.