Peru's civilization is the oldest in South America and although it is well known for being the heart of the Inca Empire, the country was also home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived. In partnership with two of our amazing non-profit organizations (NGOs), this 9-day trip to explore Peru’s Sacred Valley includes a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, learning about the ancient Inca civilization, home-stays and participation in local service projects. The NGOs include:
Manos Unidas Peru, a non-profit school for special education in Cusco, with the mission to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families.
Awamaki is non-profit organization whose mission is to empower rural Andean women with skills-based education and connect them to the global marketplace so they can earn an income, support their families, and have the opportunity to turn around and transform their communities.
By engaging in the work of MU Peru and Awamaki, you will immerse within the communities they serve and make deep connections with the local people, and learn first-hand how they benefit from the work of these two NGOs. You will also be welcomed by the diverse Peruvian people who take pride in offering incredible services and experiences to visitors that include traditional foods, celebrations and festivals.
Travel by train to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Learn firsthand about the Quechua community through our impactful and intimate community visit.
Explore and visit the Patacancha indigenous community and learn about traditional weaving
Engage with and learn from our non-profit partners who help improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and empower rural women with skills-based education and vocational skills.
Experience Semana Santa – the Easter Parade – in Cusco