Reputable Escape for the summer in Peru
Are you on a quest for a new and exciting adventure for the summer? Global Crossroad offer an affordable volunteer and travel program in the form of a summer escape in Peru.
- Explore a fascinating new country while giving back to it for four weeks this summer for only $2,309
- Highly reviewed and recommended summer escape opportunity in Peru since 2003
- Always feel safe and secure with readily available in country support
- Explore the archeological capital of the Americas
Overview of Escape for the Summer in Peru Program
Peru is a fascinating Andean country alive with cultural activities. The archeological capital of the Americas, Peru - with its magnificent ruins of ancient culture that have passed into the mist of history - is a popular destination for tourists, as well as volunteers. Explore the jungles of Peru and work in the needy communities for the betterment of the children - the future of this world. All this is possible when you join Global Crossroad's Summer Escape in Peru
Day 1 of 4-Week Summer Adventure in Peru: You will be met by Global Crossroad's local representative upon arrival in enigmatic Cuzco . After a brief orientation, you can relax and settle into your accommodations in preparation for the next twenty-one days. You will take a diagnostic test to ensure efficient placement. Over the days, acquire a working level of the Spanish language - ensuring your enjoyment of this abroad adventure.
Next 21 Days of Volunteer and Travel Abroad in Peru in the Summer Service Project: For the next 21 days, you will go to various orphanages (or other projects) located throughout Cusco and the surrounding areas. You will be sub-divided in many small groups. Global Crossroad will place 2-5 volunteers in one orphanage depending upon the number of children. As a volunteer in the orphanage project, you will teach English (3-4 hours a day) in the orphanage or schools (when the children attend school during the day). You will help the children by educating them on issues of personal hygiene and sanitation - helping them to brush their teeth, showering, etc.
Next 6 Days of Summer Escape Opportunity in Peru: After spending quality time with the destitute children of the orphanage and street children centers, you will embark on an unforgettable trek through the beauty that is Peru. The towering, snow-capped peaks and deep river valleys of the Andes provide some of the most spectacular scenery found on earth. Nestled within are some of Peru's most fascinating destinations - the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the mountain lands of Machu Picchu, and the Amazon River Basin. Take part in this inspiring adventure and experience a vibrant culture, bike through local villages, raft in exhilarating whitewater rivers, shop in open markets, and hike to Machu Picchu, and discover the Amazon Forest .
Summer Escape Program in Peru: A Complete Itinerary
More detailed itinerary of your summer adventure in Peru after you complete your service project:
Day 23: Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning, you will depart Cusco bound for the village of Aguas Calientes , right on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest and literally at the foot of the mystical Machupicchu Mountain . When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by our guide as you get off the train and they will escort you to your hostel.
The first day, you can spend relaxing and getting to know the small pueblo of Aguas Calientes; and be sure to take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs which give the village its name: Aguas Calientes. There are a multitude of little restaurants and shops in Aguas Calientes and you can enjoy one of the 3for1 Happy Hour specials. You will be staying at a nice, little hostel and your guide will visit you at 7:30pm to give you a brief information.
Day 24: Machu Picchu
Our guide will meet you at your hostel early in the morning. You will travel by bus up to the entrance of the sanctuary city of Machu Picchu (20 minutes by bus), and then take a 3hour guided tour of the ancient ruins, which are still 60 % intact today. At the end of tour, you will have lots of free time to hike and explore independently, including a trek to the top of Huayna Picchu, the Temple of the Moon, or to the very last part of the Inca Trail and the Inkti Punktu (Sun Gate).
Day 25: Transfer Cusco – Tambopata
Early the next morning you will take a 1hour flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado – the biodiversity capital of Peru . You will then take a 4hour boat ride from Puerto Maldonado along the Madre de Dios River to your jungle lodge, where you will be welcomed with a traditional beverage, then settle into your bungalow and have lunch. Later in the afternoon, an expert jungle guide will take you for a visit to Monkey Island in the core of the Madre de Dios River . The group will also visit the Tambopata Reserve.
The Tambopata Reserved Zone is the most preserved area of the Amazon rainforest– covering an area of approximately 1.48 million hectares/3.66 million acres. It is in this amazing biological reserve that three ecosystems converge resulting in an astounding variety of flora and fauna. Among this incredible variety, there are a number of endangered species including the jaguar, the giant otter, and the harpy eagle. In addition, one of the highlights of Tambopata is the Colpa de Guacamayos – one the largest clay licks in Peru , which attracts thousands of macaws and parrots who come to feed on the mineral salts.
Day 26: Lost Cocha
A local guide will lead you through the virgin rainforest to the Lost Cocha – a shelter and food source for a large variety of animals such as giant otters, crocodiles, turtles, numerous bird species, the majestic jaguar, and a great variety of tropical fish. Later, you will hike through the jungle to the famous Amazonian Viewing Point, built on the top of a Shihuahuaco tree. In the evening, if there is time, your guide will take you across the river by canoe to visit a local native family living in the jungle.
Day 27: Tambopata Puerto Maldonado
On your final day, you will say 'goodbye' to the jungle, and travel back along the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado – where you will fly back to Cusco .
Day 28: Rest Day
You can spend your last day saying good-bye to Cusco and to your volunteer project. You will also be able to join in our free salsa lessons on Saturday evening.
Program itineraries are merely samples and may change to meet the needs of the volunteers and changes in the field conditions. This itinerary will be revised and finalized during orientation of your summer escape in Peru program.
Escape for the summer in Peru Program Fee Covers:
- Airport Pickup
- Accommodations in hostel, host family, hotel, camp during the program
- Local food three times a day during the program
- Local transportation (primarily local buses)
- Airport receive/transfer to hostel
- Entry fees
- Service of leader for entire project period
Summer in Peru Program Fee Does Not Cover:
- Airport drop
- Any room/food before or after the program
- Water, soft drinks during project and travel (outside of those accompanying provided/included meals)
- Any tips to guides, gifts to host family or projects
- Personal expenses