Peru

 

Destination – Peru: Highlands and Amazon

Summary

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: Opening Ceremony / Awanacancha / Pisac Market

Morning

  • Arrive in Lima and grab breakfast at airport before departing for Cusco. Arrive in Cusco where you will be met by your Expedition Leader and Local Guide.

Afternoon

  • Transfer to the Sacred Valley and visit Awanacancha farm and Pisac market en route.
  • Buffet lunch at a local restaurant followed by a visit to a local Children’s School.

Evening  

  • Check into hotel and participate in the No Barriers Opening Ceremony with your Expedition Leader.
  • Dinner and overnight Sacred Valley San Agustin Urubamba or similar.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo / Weaving Demonstration / Maras Salt Mines

Morning

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading out to visit the Ollantaytambo town and fortress.

Afternoon

  • Lunch and then visit Maras salt mines and enjoy an Andean weaving demonstration at Chincheros town.

Evening

  • Dinner and overnight in the Sacred Valley  San Agustin Urubamba or similar and continue to rest and acclimate before starting the trek.

Day 4: Begin Lares Trek

Begin the Lares Trek!

  • Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the trailhead to begin your trek!
  • URUBAMBA – QUEBRADA PACHASCHIOC – Transfer to Chupany where you will meet the horses, llamas and muleteers who will take your gear for the trek. Start the trek by Pachaschioc/Pumahuanca heading towards the archaeological site known as La Casa de Tupac Yupanqui (approx 2 hours).  
  • Lunch and rest, then hike to the community of Paccha, cross a forest of queuña trees and arrive at the first camp spot in Cuyoq. Distance: 6 kilometers (approx. 4 hours of walking) Camping: (3750m/12,303 ft).

Lares Trek, On Trail:

  • CUYOQ – QUEÑUAPATA – Hike towards the community of Cuyoq and continue through the forest called Queñuapata. Distance: 10 kilometers (approx. 6 – 7 hours of walking) Camping: (4000m/13,123 ft).

Day 5: Lares Trek

Lares Trek, On Trail:

  • CUYOQ – QUEÑUAPATA – Hike towards the community of Cuyoq and continue through the forest called Queñuapata. Distance: 10 kilometers (approx. 6 – 7 hours of walking) Camping: (4000m/13,123 ft).

Day 6: Lares Trek

Lares Trek, On Trail:

  • QUEÑUAPATA – CUNCANY – Summit a pass in the Vilcanota mountain range. Lunch and rest en route and appreciate the Yanacocha lagoon. Arrival to the community of Cuncani. Spend the night. Distance: 9 kilometers (approx. 6 hours of walking) Camping: (3886 m/12,746 ft).

Day 7: Finish Trek!

Finish the Lares Trek:

  • LARES – URUBAMBA: Begin the day by serving breakfast for the children of Cuncani. Depart Cuncani in the direction to Lares along a dirt road. Distance: 4 kilometers (approx. 2 hours walking.)
  • Arrival to Lares, for lunch and then rest and soak in Lares hot springs.

Evening

Day 8: Machu Picchu

Morning/Afternoon  

  • Breakfast at hotel and then transfer to the train station.
  • Train to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Buffet lunch of the Sanctuary Lodge and shuttle bus to the train to transfer to Cusco.

Evening

Day 9: Cathedral / Koricancha

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel followed by a walking city tour of the Cathedral and Koricancha temple.

Afternoon/Evening

  • Continue to explore the city with lunch at your leisure then transfer to the airport for flight to Lima. 

Day 10: Say Goodbye To Peru!

Morning

  • Return home inspired to make a difference!

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

Morning

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

Afternoon  

  • Boat ride to your Lodge followed by a forest hike

Evening  

NBY Opening Ceremony

Day 3: Amazon Craft Fair / Tropical Aquarium

Morning

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

Afternoon

  • Lunch and an exciting visit to the Tropical Aquarium!

Evening  

  • 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

  • Evening boat excursion

Day 5: Yagua Village / Oxbow Lake

Morning

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

Afternoon

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

Evening

Dinner and relaxation

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

Morning

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

Afternoon

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

Evening  

  • Dinner 

Day 7: Ethnobotanical Garden / Bioluminescent Fungi

Morning

  • Breakfast at the lodge then explore the Ethnobotanical garden.

Afternoon

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

Evening

  • Night walk to see bioluminescent fungi in the forest. 

Day 8: Market / Museum

Morning

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

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Day 9: Say Goodbye To the Amazon!

Morning

  • 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

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

Spanish

84.1%

Quechua

13%

Aymara

1.7%
Religions:

Roman Catholic

81.3%

Evangelical

12.5%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)