Peru

 

Student Travel in Peru

Explore Peru With No Barriers Youth Programming

No Barriers Youth offers an experience of Peru your students will never forget. Follow the Inca Trail winding up to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu or travel by boat to the heart of the Amazon.

From the desert coast to the Andean highlands to the Amazonian tropics, Peru has a wealth of natural beauty. In addition to the geographic diversity, Peru is also blessed with a rich culture and history. From the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu to the colorful weaving tradition of its people, Peru has something for any student. Learn about the vibrant South American culture during their enriching experience studying abroad in Peru!

Student travelers in Peru can:

  • Explore the history and cultural sites of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Learn about fair trade practices while sampling locally produced chocolate
  • Hike the Inca Trail and arrive at the Sun Gate and take in the panoramic views of Machu Picchu

What to Know Before Educational Trips to Peru

Peru is a large and amazingly diverse country. Its geography includes the arid coastal desert along the Pacific, the high Andean mountains, and the Amazonian tropical forests extending into Brazil. Its cultural diversity is equally impressive.

Roughly half of Peru’s people are indigenous, another third are mestizo (mixture of Spanish and native), with the remaining a mixture of European, African, Japanese and Chinese minorities. Peru makes for an incredibly rich experience for any school or college group.

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The Sacred Valley: Land of the Inca

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 
  • Evening: Arrive in Lima, Peru. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Lima 
Day 2: Cross the Andes to the Sacred Valley  
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and then head back to the airport for the short flight to Cusco.  
  • Afternoon: Lunch in Cusco and time for some exploring before jumping into the bus and enjoying a scenic drive into the Sacred Valley. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Day 3: Community Projects and Quechua Culture 
  • Morning: Depart the hotel and stop at a pre-Incan museum to learn more about Peruvian history. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, make your way to the homestay community, where you will meet your host family, settle into your homes, and learn about the service project. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your host families and learn about Peruvian culture. 
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley Homestays 
Day 4: Community Projects and Quechua Culture 
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, depart for the service site and work hard on your project. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch at the service site — and a quick game of soccer — then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Have a traditional group dinner and reflect on your time with your homestays and what you have learned.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley Homestay 
Day 5: Travel to Aguas Calientes 
  • Morning: Say goodbye to your host families and travel to Ollantaytambo. 
  • Afternoon: Take a picturesque train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and explore Aguas Calientes. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and go to bed early to be ready for a big day of hiking tomorrow! 
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes 
Day 6: Experience Machu Picchu 
  • Morning: Eat breakfast and start hiking up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. 
  • Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the ruins and learn more about the Incan rule in Peru. 
  • Evening: Relax on the train ride back to Ollantaytambo, have a light dinner, and retire to bed after an exhilarating day. 
  • Accommodation: Ollantaytambo 
Day 7: Explore the Ancient Incan Capital 
  • Morning: Depart from Ollanta and head to Cusco. 
  • Afternoon: Participate in a chocolate workshop and explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Cusco 
Day 8: Adios, Peru! 
  • Morning: Finish exploring the local markets of Cusco before departing for the airport 
  • Afternoon: Internal flight from Cusco to Lima 
  • Evening: Depart Peru. Return home with a new appreciation for Peruvian history and culture.  
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Scientific Study in the Amazon Basin

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 
  • Evening: Arrive in Lima, Peru. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Lima 
Day 2: Travel to Puerto Maldonado 
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and then head back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. 
  • Afternoon: Arrive in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado and make your way to an animal shelter, where you will learn about conservation efforts in the area. 
  • Evening: Join your group for dinner and an orientation about what to expect over the course of the program. 
  • Accommodation: Puerto Maldonado 
Day 3: Work at an animal shelter 
  • Morning: After breakfast, help out at the shelter with such tasks as preparing the animals’ food, cleaning cages, and general maintenance of the grounds. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break from your duties for a delicious lunch and a break from the afternoon sun. Complete the rest of your duties and learn more about conservation efforts in the Amazon. 
  • Evening: After dinner, join a reflection discussion and learn about the next part of your journey starting tomorrow. 
  • Accommodation: Puerto Maldonado 
Day 4: Journey into the Amazon 
  • Morning: Depart from the animal shelter and make your way to a jungle lodge via car and boat.  
  • Afternoon: Eat lunch on the road and arrive at the jungle lodge, where you will get settled into your platforms and begin learning about the biodiversity of the Amazon. 
  • Evening: After orientation and dinner, go out on a night walk with expert guides looking for animals and insects that are most active at night. 
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Day 5: Experience the Jungle 
  • Morning: Wake up to the sounds of the forest and go on a morning jungle walk looking for the families of monkeys that live nearby, guided by the resident primate expert. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break from the sun and lounge in hammocks, read, and watch camera trap footage of the shyer animals that call the jungle home. 
  • Evening: After dinner, go on the boat at night looking for caiman and other nocturnal creatures that call the river home. 
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Day 6: Day Trip to Lago Soledad 
  • Morning: Take a day trip up the river to Lago Soledad to experience a different corner of the jungle, spotting wildlife on the way. 
  • Afternoon: Explore the different walking paths the lake has to offer, and take a boat on the lake to hopefully spot some of the giant river otters that call the lake home.  
  • Evening: Head back to the jungle lodge for dinner and debrief about what you have learned on the trip so far.  
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Days 7-8: Jungle Life 
  • Morning: Take the next two days to really experience and learn about the jungle and the challenges it faces. Morning activities can include jungle walks, reviewing camera trap footage with resident scientists, and helping with projects at the lodge. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy delicious food cooked by the staff and take a break from the midday sun. Afternoon activities can include conservation projects such as planting trees, a visit to the local cacao farm, and a hike to a lookout point to see the jungle from a different angle. 
  • Evening: After dinner, go on night walks or night boat rides and keep track of what animals you spot for conservation purposes. 
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Day 9: Adios, Peru!
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the jungle and the staff at the lodge as you make your way back to Puerto Maldonado. 
  • Afternoon: Catch a flight back to Lima and have a final meal together before making your way back home. 
  • Evening: Say goodbye to your No Barriers staff and your group as you depart Peru with more knowledge about the Amazon and its importance to the earth.  
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Off the Map: Women's Rights in Peru

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 
  • Evening: Arrive in Lima, Peru. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Lima 
Day 2: Cross the Andes to the Sacred Valley  
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and then head back to the airport for the short flight to Cusco.  
  • Afternoon: Lunch in Cusco and time for some exploring before jumping into the bus and enjoying a scenic drive into the Sacred Valley. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Days 3: The Sacred Valley Project 
  • Morning: Learn about the Sacred Valley Project, a non-profit that supports girls from rural indigenous communities while they work to complete secondary school. Many girls in Peru do not have access to secondary education in their communities During their time at the Sacred Valley Project, they live in one of two dorms, which allows them to attend a local high school and return to the dorm at the end of the day to complete homework with the help of tutors.  
  • Afternoon: Have lunch at the dorm cooked by one of the house mothers and work on an infrastructure project. 
  • Evening: Discuss the challenges girls face–in Peru and around the world–when it comes to access to education and why it is worth fighting for.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Days 4: The Sacred Valley Project 
  • Morning: Continue your service work with the Sacred Valley Project. 
  • Afternoon: Break for another delicious meal cooked at the dorm. 
  • Evening: If possible and not disruptive to the girls schedule, share a meal with the girls from the dorm and get to know them and why education is important to them. 
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Day 5: Hike to Rural Communities 
  • Morning: Hike to one of the communities in the mountains of the Sacred Valley to get a sense of just how far the girls live from school and the sacrifices they are willing to make for their education. 
  • Afternoon: Meet families in the community, hike to Incan ruins, and learn about life in the mountains. 
  • Evening: Hike back down and make your way to Ollantaytambo as you gear up for your adventure to Machu Picchu! 
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Day 6: Aguas Calientes 
  • Morning: Explore the town of Ollantaytambo and learn about its history. 
  • Afternoon: Take a picturesque train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and explore Aguas Calientes. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and go to bed early to be ready for a big day of hiking tomorrow! 
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes 
Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu 
  • Morning: Eat breakfast and start hiking up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. 
  • Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the ruins and learn more about the Incan rule in Peru. 
  • Evening: Relax on the train ride back to Ollantaytambo, have a light dinner, and retire to bed after an exhilarating day. 
  • Accommodation: Ollantaytambo 
Day 8: Climb Via Ferrata and Zipline  
  • Morning: Test your sense of adventure as you complete the Via Ferrata: climb up the rock face while harnessed in and then zipline your way back to lower ground. The views are incredible and the adrenaline is real! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive into Cusco and attend a chocolate workshop where you make your own Peruvian chocolates. Settle into your hotel and start exploring. 
  • Evening: Take advantage of the delicious cuisine Cusco has to offer. 
  • Accommodation: Cusco 
Day 9: Cusco, The Heart of the Sacred Valley 
  • Morning: Take a walking tour of the city and learn more about the ancient Incan empire. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy lunch and a little shopping. 
  • Evening: Go to the top of the city for incredible views and a powerful closing ceremony. Enjoy a final group dinner in Cusco.  
  • Accommodation: Cusco 
Day 10: Adios, Peru! 
  • Morning: Finish any last-minute shopping in the local markets.  
  • Afternoon: Fly to Lima. 
  • Evening: Say goodbye to your No Barriers Expedition Leaders and catch your overnight flight home. 
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Green Valleys and White Glaciers: Peru Adventure and Discovery

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 
  • Morning: Arrive in Cusco, Peru after an overnight flight and meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders and the rest of your group.  
  • Afternoon: Take a bus into the Sacred Valley and arrive at your hotel, for some much needed rest and a group orientation. 
  • Evening: Enjoy your first Peruvian meal and rest up for the adventure ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Sacred Valley 
Day 2: Exploring the Sacred Valley 
  • Morning: After breakfast, go on a nearby hike to get your legs moving and prepare for the big hike tomorrow.  
  • Afternoon: Visit a local museum and learn about the many pre-Incan cultures of the region. 
  • Evening: Get together with your team and get geared up for tomorrow’s adventure. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Sacred Valley 
Days 3-6: Lares Trek 
  • Morning: Start the Lares trek and spend the next four days hiking and biking over breathtaking landscapes. You will cover more than 30 kilometers over the course of the trek and learn about local life, unique micro climates and yourself!  
  • Afternoon: Continue hiking after lunch each day, taking in the sights and pushing your limits. 
  • Evening: Set up camp each night and enjoy some well earned rest around a warm fire. 
  • Accommodation: Camping 
Day 7: Final Trekking Day 
  • Morning: Savor your last day of the trek, and hop on a bike to finish 
  • Afternoon: Settle into the hotel and take a hot shower! 
  • Evening: Enjoy a good night’s sleep in an actual bed! 
  • Accommodation: which hotel 
Day 8: Machu Picchu 
  • Morning: Board the train to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. After the scenic ride, disembark and start hiking up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. 
  • Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the ruins and learn more about the Incan Empire in Peru. 
  • Evening: Relax on the train ride back to Ollantaytambo, have a light dinner, and retire to bed after an exhilarating day. 
  • Accommodation: Ollantaytambo 
Day 9: Cusco 
  • Morning: Depart from Ollanta and head to Cusco. 
  • Afternoon: Participate in a chocolate workshop and explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Cusco 
Day 10: Adios, Peru!
  • Morning: Depart for the airport for your return flight back home. 

From the Sacred Valley to the Amazon

Day 1: Welcome to Peru! 
  • Evening: Arrive in Lima, Peru. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Lima 
Day 2: Travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley  
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and then head back to the airport for the short flight to Cusco.  
  • Afternoon: Lunch in Cusco and time for some exploring before jumping into the bus and enjoying a scenic drive into the Sacred Valley. 
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the adventure ahead and enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Days 3-4: Service and Quechua Culture 
  • Morning: Enjoy a buffet breakfast and then head out to your service project for the day in the surrounding communities. Past projects have included working on a potable water project and helping at a girl’s dormitory.  
  • Afternoon: Take a break from service for lunch and a quick game of soccer while you take in the incredible views of the Sacred Valley. 
  • Evening: Reflect on service work and what you have learned so far in the trip over meals and during group discussions.  
  • Accommodation: Sacred Valley 
Day 5: Travel to Aguas Calientes 
  • Morning: Explore the town of Ollantaytambo and learn about its history. 
  • Afternoon: Take a picturesque train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and explore Aguas Calientes. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and go to bed early to be ready for a big day of hiking tomorrow! 
  • Accommodation: Aguas Calientes 
Day 6: Explore Machu Picchu 
  • Morning: Eat breakfast and start hiking up to the entrance of Machu Picchu. 
  • Afternoon: Take a guided tour of the ruins and learn more about the Incan rule in Peru 
  • Evening: Relax on the train ride back to Ollantaytambo, have a light dinner, and retire to bed after an exhilarating day. 
  • Accommodation: Ollantaytambo 
Day 7: Capital of the Inca Empire 
  • Morning: Depart from Ollanta and head to Cusco. 
  • Afternoon: Participate in a chocolate workshop and bring your handmade chocolates home as a gift (or keep for yourself!). 
  • Evening: Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco and learn about its fascinating history. Tomorrow you will trade the mountains for the jungle as you travel to Puerto Maldonado! 
  • Accommodation: Cusco 
Day 8: To the Amazon  
  • Morning: Arrive at the airport and take the short flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon jungle. 
  • Afternoon: Eat lunch on the road and make your way by car and boat to an incredible jungle lodge where you will get settled into your platforms and begin learning about the biodiversity of the Amazon. 
  • Evening: After orientation and dinner, go out on a night walk with expert guides looking for animals and insects that are most active at night. 
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Day 9: Issues of the Amazon 
  • Morning: Wake up to the sounds of the forest and go on a morning jungle walk looking for the families of monkeys that live nearby, guided by the resident primate expert. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break from the sun and lounge in hammocks, read, and watch camera trap footage of the shyer animals that call the jungle home. 
  • Evening: After dinner, go on the boat at night looking for caiman and other nocturnal creatures that call the river home.  
  • Accommodation: Jungle Lodge 
Day 10: Puerto Maldonado, Lima and Home! 
  • Morning: Say goodbye to the lodge and its incredible staff and make your way to Puerto Maldonado. 
  • Afternoon: Flight to Lima 
  • Evening: Say goodbye to your No Barriers staff and make your way home.  
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader