Peru Service Trip

Peru Service

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 7-12+

Earn 30 hours of community service while living and working in remote, Andean villages. Our Peruvian Adventure explores the natural and historic wonders of this vast and colorful country. Raft the thrilling Urubamba River. Explore colonial Cusco, discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then make a once in a lifetime journey to the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu.

21 Days

$6,395

  • July 16th - August 5th
  • Miami, FL (additional fee for international flight)

Day 1-2

Arriving in Cusco, Peru, you will collect your luggage, clear Peruvian customs, and meet your leaders and the rest of your group. After arriving into colonial Cusco, we’ll enjoy a special city tour of Cusco’s architectural wonders, where we’ll learn about the illustrious history of the Inca civilization as well as the traumatic history of Spanish colonialism. We’ll explore Cusco’s cobbled streets and narrow passageways with brightly painted balconies overhead, making stops at the historic Plaza de Armas, the Coricancha, the Inca’s Sun Temple, the Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the ceremonial pools of Tambo Machay. We’ll also visit the historic Pisac Market, practicing our new knowledge of the Spanish language. That evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and stroll around the main plaza for views of the Cathedral lit up at night. Waking up excited the next morning, we’ll enjoy a day of fun and empowering language instruction. During this inviting workshop, we’ll get a basic sense of conversational Spanish and learn foundational knowledge of Peruvian culture and customs.

Day 3-7

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The route from Cusco follows a winding mountain road with awe-inspiring views of the stunning canyon below, which was formed by the Urubamba river. We’ll feel the temperature rise as you descend into the warm valley and visit the Inka temple of Chokekillka. That afternoon, we’ll arrive in the town of Pachar where you will spend the next five days participating in community service projects. We’ll have an orientation of Pachar and briefing about the upcoming project. At the conclusion of our project we will transfer back to Cusco and prepare for our full day of rafting on the Urubamba River.

Day 8

The Urubamba River is the perfect place to experience a rewarding taste of Andean whitewater. After a briefing on safety and rafting techniques by our professional river guides, we will set out on our whitewater adventure, which takes us through the fun Class III of the Sacred Valley.

Day 9-12

Beginning in Mollepata we will be our journey to Machu Picchu on this stunning four-day trek. We will travel through snowcapped mountains, past ancient ruins, tropical rain forests, and tiny villages. After we finish our spectacular trek, we will board a train for a short ride to Aguas Calientes, the closest access point to stunning Machu Picchu.

Day 13

Arriving at the entrance to Machu Picchu by 6:00am, we’ll witness a breathtaking sunrise at the ruins. Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” in Quechua, is Peru’s most prominent symbol of its pre-colonized past. Never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadores, this Lost City of the Inca is an authentic glimpse into the past. Explore these extraordinary ruins and visit all areas such as the industrial area, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, ceremonial fountains and baths, and the Sacred Plazas. Finally, we’ll hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) for a birds-eye view of the ruins.

Day 14-15

For the next 2 days, we get to help at a non-profit school for underprivileged children. Here we will teach English to the kids through art and games and also help make improvements to the school. We are sure to leave a lasting impression on the children and the locals before it is time for us to say goodbye.

Day 16

Today we begin our journey across the Andean Sltiplano to Lake Titcaca via private vehicle. We will make several stops along the way including La Raya, the highest pass on the route between Cusco and Puno, perched at an exhilarating 14,222 feet above sea level. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes like llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This unique region is situated between two cultures, Quechua and Aymara, as well as a composite of two terrains: the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers and the dry and arid Altiplano. We arrive early in the evening in Llachón, located on the Capachica Peninsula of Lake Titicaca. We will be greeted by the community of Santa Maria and led to the homes of the villagers who will host you over the next few days.

Day 17-19

During the next three days, participants will paint the classrooms and restore the ceiling of a local elementary school. There will be time for participants to meet the children and interact with them during their time in the village as well, teaching them English and playing games and soccer.

Day 20

After a kayak briefing in the morning, we load up and head southeast on Lake Titicaca from the beach in Llachón. Nearly three hours of paddling on the majestic blue waters will take you across to Taquile Island. About 1,700 people, called Taquileños, live on this distinctive island. They run their society based on community collectivism and on the Inca moral code “ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla” (Quechua: do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy). After lunch, continue by boat to the Uros Islands. The Uros began their unusual floating existence centuries ago in an effort to isolate themselves from the Colla and Inca tribes. Sadly, the Uros language has died out, and today the islanders speak Aymara due to intermarriage with Aymara-speaking clans. Today about 300 families live on floating islands built from a local type of reed called “Totora”. Their homes and boats are also made of “Totora”. Although the Uros people maintain a very traditional lifestyle, they do not reject technology as one might think. Many families take advantage of electricity from solar panels, which were a gift from ex-President Fujimori. We will transfer to Puno in the late afternoon before celebrating our time together with a Peruvian Banquet!

Day 21

You will have time to say goodbye to your group that has become as close as family over these past three weeks. Today we return home after a summer of a lifetime.

Day 1-2

Arriving in Cusco, Peru, you will collect your luggage, clear Peruvian customs, and meet your leaders and the rest of your group. After arriving into colonial Cusco, we’ll enjoy a special city tour of Cusco’s architectural wonders, where we’ll learn about the illustrious history of the Inca civilization as well as the traumatic history of Spanish colonialism. We’ll explore Cusco’s cobbled streets and narrow passageways with brightly painted balconies overhead, making stops at the historic Plaza de Armas, the Coricancha, the Inca’s Sun Temple, the Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the ceremonial pools of Tambo Machay. We’ll also visit the historic Pisac Market, practicing our new knowledge of the Spanish language. That evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and stroll around the main plaza for views of the Cathedral lit up at night. Waking up excited the next morning, we’ll enjoy a day of fun and empowering language instruction. During this inviting workshop, we’ll get a basic sense of conversational Spanish and learn foundational knowledge of Peruvian culture and customs.

Day 3-7

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The route from Cusco follows a winding mountain road with awe-inspiring views of the stunning canyon below, which was formed by the Urubamba river. We’ll feel the temperature rise as you descend into the warm valley and visit the Inka temple of Chokekillka. That afternoon, we’ll arrive in the town of Pachar where you will spend the next five days participating in community service projects. We’ll have an orientation of Pachar and briefing about the upcoming project. At the conclusion of our project we will transfer back to Cusco and prepare for our full day of rafting on the Urubamba River.

Day 8

The Urubamba River is the perfect place to experience a rewarding taste of Andean whitewater. After a briefing on safety and rafting techniques by our professional river guides, we will set out on our whitewater adventure, which takes us through the fun Class III of the Sacred Valley.

Day 9-12

Beginning in Mollepata we will be our journey to Machu Picchu on this stunning four-day trek. We will travel through snowcapped mountains, past ancient ruins, tropical rain forests, and tiny villages. After we finish our spectacular trek, we will board a train for a short ride to Aguas Calientes, the closest access point to stunning Machu Picchu.

Day 13

Arriving at the entrance to Machu Picchu by 6:00am, we’ll witness a breathtaking sunrise at the ruins. Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” in Quechua, is Peru’s most prominent symbol of its pre-colonized past. Never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadores, this Lost City of the Inca is an authentic glimpse into the past. Explore these extraordinary ruins and visit all areas such as the industrial area, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, ceremonial fountains and baths, and the Sacred Plazas. Finally, we’ll hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) for a birds-eye view of the ruins.

Day 14-15

For the next 2 days, we get to help at a non-profit school for underprivileged children. Here we will teach English to the kids through art and games and also help make improvements to the school. We are sure to leave a lasting impression on the children and the locals before it is time for us to say goodbye.

Day 16

Today we begin our journey across the Andean Sltiplano to Lake Titcaca via private vehicle. We will make several stops along the way including La Raya, the highest pass on the route between Cusco and Puno, perched at an exhilarating 14,222 feet above sea level. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes like llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This unique region is situated between two cultures, Quechua and Aymara, as well as a composite of two terrains: the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers and the dry and arid Altiplano. We arrive early in the evening in Llachón, located on the Capachica Peninsula of Lake Titicaca. We will be greeted by the community of Santa Maria and led to the homes of the villagers who will host you over the next few days.

Day 17-19

During the next three days, participants will paint the classrooms and restore the ceiling of a local elementary school. There will be time for participants to meet the children and interact with them during their time in the village as well, teaching them English and playing games and soccer.

Day 20

After a kayak briefing in the morning, we load up and head southeast on Lake Titicaca from the beach in Llachón. Nearly three hours of paddling on the majestic blue waters will take you across to Taquile Island. About 1,700 people, called Taquileños, live on this distinctive island. They run their society based on community collectivism and on the Inca moral code “ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla” (Quechua: do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy). After lunch, continue by boat to the Uros Islands. The Uros began their unusual floating existence centuries ago in an effort to isolate themselves from the Colla and Inca tribes. Sadly, the Uros language has died out, and today the islanders speak Aymara due to intermarriage with Aymara-speaking clans. Today about 300 families live on floating islands built from a local type of reed called “Totora”. Their homes and boats are also made of “Totora”. Although the Uros people maintain a very traditional lifestyle, they do not reject technology as one might think. Many families take advantage of electricity from solar panels, which were a gift from ex-President Fujimori. We will transfer to Puno in the late afternoon before celebrating our time together with a Peruvian Banquet!

Day 21

You will have time to say goodbye to your group that has become as close as family over these past three weeks. Today we return home after a summer of a lifetime.

The Peru service trip led by Wilderness Adventures was the most amazing experience of my life. One of the many stories I have is when our group was helping out at a small school in the Sacred Valley. It was after we had finished our work for the day and the sun was starting to set. A few kids from the school stayed later and we're playing some soccer. I have never been a person who is good at sports and I usually feel self conscious about playing sports in front of strangers.

However, the leaders on my trip created an environment where I felt comfortable and after one week we all became very close. Everyone began joining in the game and it was incredible. We were all screaming in Spanish and sprinting up and down the field. It almost felt like we were
competing in the World Cup. Soon the sun set and it was totally dark. You couldn't see past three feet in front of you. I felt sad that game was over but then someone pulled out their headlamp.

The game continued and as I looked around it was amazing to see that I could connect with kids from a different country who didnt speak my language. After a while the kids began to filter off to go to dinner. Eventually we headed over to diner also with huge smiles on our faces. This was one of my favorite experiences because I was so surprised and in awe of it. I will definitely never forget this trip.

Emma Croll, Peru Service 2016

The Wilderness Adventures trip to Peru was an amazing experience! It was the best decision I've made. It was the perfect balance of volunteering, hard work, having fun, seeing amazing places and views, and meeting new people. I always felt safe, very comfortable, and in good hands. The trip-leaders were helpful and enthusiastic and they helped to make the trip special. The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu was the coolest thing I have ever done. It was a lot of fun camping in different places and hiking across the Andes. Getting to the top of the Salkantay pass and to the top of Machu Picchu mountain was an amazing accomplishment and experience. Seeing one of the seven wonders of the world is something I will never forget. I had never been white water rafting before, and rafting on the Urubamba River with class II and III rapids was super fun. Volunteering at each school was a great experience. I loved making a difference and being able to play with the kids and learn about them and the culture. Overall I had an amazing time and I would definitely do something like this again. I will carry the memories I made on this trip with me forever.

Mamie Ziegler, Peru Service 2016