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. Travelers can also:
- Float down the Amazon from Iquitos or explore the floating islands of Lake Titicaca
- Volunteer your time at the local school in an Andean village and play soccer with the children
- Learn about fair trade practices while sampling locally produced chocolate
- Visit the Cola de Mono zip line, the highest and longest zip line in South America
- Learn about Andean culture including weaving demos, farming duties, and interacting with the local children as you visit the farms of the community
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.
Evening: Arrive in Lima. You are met at the airport by your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader and taken to your hotel.
Morning: Catch a flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s capital of biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. After arrival, transfer to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Infierno community.
Afternoon: Receive a boxed lunch before taking a boat ride to Posada Amazonas and enter the private reserve. Upon arrival, you will receive a brief introduction and orientation on safety. Settle into the lodge before taking a walk to the canopy tower. Climb the tower’s staircase to take in views of the forest, the Tambopata River, and possibly catch a glimpse of macaws, parrots, or toucans.
Evening: Dinner and an ecotourism lecture and presentation on Infierno’s sustainability projects. Get a good night’s sleep!
Tambopata Nature Reserve
Morning: After breakfast, take a boat ride or hike to Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. Paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters and other wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and, horned screamers. From a blind, see dozens of parrot and parakeet species such as the Mealy and Yellow-headed Amazon, the Blue-headed Parrot, and the Dusky-headed Parakeet.
Afternoon: After lunch, take a boat ride downriver to a trail designed by the staff of Centro Ñape, a communal organization that produces different medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients at their small clinic. Learn about the medicinal uses of different plants as you walk the trail.
Evening: After dinner, the Mapachos and the local high school dance group come to visit and perform. The Mapachos are the local community’s official music group. They play music as the high school seniors practice and perform their traditional dances. This event is how the students fund their senior prom each year.
Tambopata Nature Reserve
Morning: After breakfast, return by boat to Tambopata River port for your travels and flight to Cusco.
Afternoon: Upon arrival, transfer you your hotel to drop off luggage. Have an orientation and guided tour of central Cusco, including a visit to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. Afterwards, enjoy free time to relax or do some shopping.
Evening: Enjoy a welcome buffet dinner then pack and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.
Morning and Afternoon: Breakfast at hotel and experience the Urubamba River – white water rafting through the South Valley on Class III to IV rapids.
Evening: Traditional dance show, group reflection and personal time to journal about the experience thus far.
Morning: After breakfast, 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.
Afternoon: Travel to the Pisac Ruins, some of the finest and largest in the entire valley. Despite the excellent condition of many of the structures, little is conclusively known about the site’s actual purpose. After visiting the ruins, visit the village of Pisac, famous for its market, where hundreds of stalls crowd the central square – for some souvenir shopping. After lunch, drive to Chichubamba to participate in an Agrotourism project and learn about the locals’ way of life and Peruvian customs. Participate in a Chocolate making and/or weaving workshop with a local expert.
Evening: Travel to Lares, a remote village high in the Andes, to soak in the hot springs and camp out overnight.
Camping overnight, Lares Hot Springs
Morning/Afternoon: After breakfast, embark on a 4-5 hour easy to moderate trek from Lares to Chaullacocha, stopping at the weaving village of Rumira Sondormayo to meet the weavers.
Afternoon/ Evening: Camp out overnight in Chaullacocha and participate in group reflection activities.
Camping overnight, Chaullacocha
Morning: After breakfast, hike to Palqaq to begin a downhill bike ride to Ollantaytambo on a double track trail (with a support vehicle)
Afternoon: Have a late picnic lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru and the ruins that overlook the small town.
Evening: Dinner and relax before tomorrow’s hike, spend some time journaling about the trip so far.
Morning: 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 continue hiking to Aguas Calientes.
Evening: Soak in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes and spend the night.
Morning: Wake-up early to continue on the Inca Trail, and up the steps to Intipunku, “The Sun Gate,” and explore Machu Picchu!
Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu before taking the late afternoon train back to Cusco.
Evening: Arrive back in Cusco. Have a final farewell dinner and get a good night’s sleep!
Morning: Early morning flight from Cusco to Lima
Morning/Afternoon: Visit Villa El Salvador and help the women prepare soup at a soup kitchen. Later then tour the Plaza de Armas.
Evening: Final celebratory dinner before departing Lima.
Morning: Arrive home transformed by the history, culture, and biodiversity you experienced on your Peruvian adventure.
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.”
Facts & Figures
Special Note: Native varieties of potato – almost 4000
Below Poverty Line
Carbon Emissions (%)