Destination – Peru: Highlands and Amazon


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.

With No Barriers Youth

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.

In the Highlands travelers can also:

  • 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

Highlands Gallery

Adventure in the Land of the Incas

10 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Peru

Depart your home gateway for your flight to Lima, Peru! 

Day 2: Orientation / Monastery / Market


  • Settle in and participate in a fun, interactive No Barriers Expedition Orientation.
  • Transfer into Lima’s historic center to explore the famous catacombs at the San Francisco Monastery with your expert guide.   
  • Then, walk a few blocks to the Main Square and pay a short visit to the beautiful Lima Cathedral before enjoying a traditional style lunch.
  • After lunch, transfer back to Miraflores and visit the bustling “Surquillo” market. This is a popular spot for locals to purchase food for the day from a huge selection of unique fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, and more.  


Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant followed by a culinary discussion with the restaurant’s owner.

Day 3: University Visit / Barranco Neighborhood


  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (National Agrarian University) for a tour and discussion on food security.


  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with some time to further explore the the artsy Barranco neighborhood, with its intimate galleries, eclectic museums and the famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs). After lunch, return to the lively Miraflores neighborhood to enjoy the many food and local crafts markets.


  • Enjoy a dinner on the waterfront with reflection and journaling about your experience thus far.  Pack up and get ready to fly to Cusco in the morning!

Day 4: Depart for Cusco / Plaza de Armas


  • After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, board a bus and travel to Cusco and transfer to hotel to drop off luggage. Depending on your flight time you might have a bit of free time before lunch to relax and begin to acclimate before lunch.


  • After lunch explore this former capital of the Inca Empire with your expert guide. Starting in the center, along the Plaza de Armas, you will learn about the history of the city and how this has shaped the vibrant culture today.  


Enjoy a welcome to Cusco buffet dinner then rest up for the adventures to come!

Day 5: Service Project / Mother Earth Ceremony


  • Breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a service project at a local children’s home. The project details will be communicated a few weeks before departure to ensure we are making the most impact for this organization.


  • Lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to nearby ruins and experience a tribute to the Mother Earth Ceremony known as pago a la tierra. Such ceremonies have been practiced since before Incan times, making this an amazing cross-cultural experience!


  • Buffet dinner and performance at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Awanacancha / Chocolate Workshop / Hot Springs


  • After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Awanacancha, a sanctuary for Andean camelids (llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas) and observe local women weaving textiles through traditional techniques from the wool that is gathered from these animals.  
  • Then, travel to Pisac and explore the colorful stalls lined with beautiful Andean handicrafts.


  • After visiting Pisac, enjoy lunch in a local community near Chichubamba.  After, take a short ride to a different part of the community to participate in an Agrotourism project. Learn about the locals’ way of life and continue the discussion on food security and organic farming. Participate in a chocolate making and/or weaving workshop with a local expert.


Travel to Lares, a remote village high in the Andes, to soak in the hot springs and camp out overnight. Relaxation, bonding and group reflection.

Day 7: Trek to Palqaq / Maras Salt Mines


  • After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of your hike to Palqaq! This hike will take approximately 5-6 hours with breaks throughout to rest and greet the wild llamas and alpacas that may be exploring the area.

Afternoon/ Evening

  • At the end of the hike, enjoy a warm cup of tea and a nice picnic lunch. After lunch, drive to the beautiful community of Maras, to explore and learn about the production of salt in the spectacular salt pans in Maras.
  • Dinner and overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 8: Inca Trail / Sun Gate / Aguas Calientes

Morning/ Afternoon

  • After breakfast, transfer from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 of the Inca Trail to begin hiking. Make the steep climb to Wiñay Wayna (8,745 ft) and enter Machu Picchu through the Intipunku (Sun Gate).
  • Have a picnic lunch and enter Machu Picchu through the Intipunku, “The Sun Gate” then take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes.


  • Soak in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or explore the local artisan market before dinner.

Day 9: Machu Picchu!


  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel to explore the plazas, temples, homes and more than 100 irrigated terraces that form the structure of the Incan agricultural system.

Afternoon/ Evening

  • Transfer back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch.  Board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo.  
  • Have dinner in Cusco before checking in for your last night in Peru!

Day 10: Say Goodbye To Peru!


  • Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for your departure flight back home

Peruvian Amazon

In the Amazon travelers can also:

  • Float down the Amazon from Iquitos and learn about the flora and fauna of the region
  • Take a night walk to see bioluminescent fungi in the forest
  • Visit the Sukasari stingless bee project and Jejuna Village Cultural Interpretation Center

Amazon Gallery

Immersion In The Amazon

9 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Peru

Depart your home gateway for your flight to Lima, Peru!

Day 2: Belen Market Tour / Boat Ride / Forest Hike


  • Arrive in Lima, Peru on your way  to Iquitos.
  • City and Belen Market Tour and then travel to your lodge by boat.


  • Boat ride to your Lodge followed by a forest hike


NBY Opening Ceremony

Day 3: Amazon Craft Fair / Tropical Aquarium


  • Early morning bird walk, breakfast at the lodge and then explore the Amazon craft fair.


  • Lunch and an exciting visit to the Tropical Aquarium!


  • Dinner and reflection at the lodge

Day 4: Service Project / Boat Tour

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Breakfast at the lodge followed by a service project at a nearby local village.
  • Continue your service learning project after a boxed lunch


  • Evening boat excursion

Day 5: Yagua Village / Oxbow Lake


  • Breakfast at the lodge and then visit the Yagua village.


  • Lunch at the lodge and then head out for the Oxbow Lake excursion and Pink River Dolphin searching!
  • CONAPAC Amazonian Library


Dinner and relaxation

Day 6: Dr. Linnea's Clinic / Cultural Center


  • Breakfast at lodge then travel by speedboats to Explornapo lodge.
  • Visit Dr. Linnea’s Clinic and the Blackwater Lake on your way


  • Visit the Sukasari stingless bee project and Jejuna Village Cultural Interpretation Center


  • Dinner 

Day 7: Ethnobotanical Garden / Bioluminescent Fungi


  • Breakfast at the lodge then explore the Ethnobotanical garden.


  • Hike to forest walk at ACTS.
  • Lunch then canopy walk with ACTS scientists.


  • Night walk to see bioluminescent fungi in the forest. 

Day 8: Market / Museum


  • Breakfast at Lodge then hike to Napo
  • Travel by boat back to Iquitos and explore the Belen Market


  • Lunch at a local restaurant then visit the Indigenous Cultures Museum


  • Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Iquitos.

Day 9: Say Goodbye To the Amazon!


  • Breakfast and departure to airport for your flight to Lima before returning home
  • Arrive home excited to share all you have learned and experienced!

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

“Every journey starts with a single step.”

– Confucius

Facts & Figures

Capital: Lima
Population: 30,147,935
Special Note: Native varieties of potato – almost 4000







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