Explore Peru: Summer Teen Experience- 11 Day
- Guided tour of the city of Cusco
- Embark on a 1 day Hike through the Lares Trail
- Travel to Lake Titicaca and live amongst the Uros tribe
- Travel to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Guided tour and free time at Machu Picchu
- Community integration and service project within the Sacred Valley
- Beach time in Lima
Visit the incredible 9th Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. Play volleyball against an indigenous tribe on a man-made reed island in the highest lake in the world, Titicaca. Community service, homestays, amazing food and espanol. Join us on an immersive experience touring the culture, history, and beauty of Peru that you will never forget !
Our Educational trips to Peru can be linked to many Curriculum including History, Archaeology, Outdoor Education and Spanish.
Open to students in Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12.
All activities, meals, bus transportation and accommodations are included in the the cost!
Flights are not included in the tour cost.
Total tour cost is priced in USD.
Day 1 - Travel to Peru
Travel to Peru.
Pick up your luggage and meet your Evolve Tours guides. Our private bus will transfer us from the airport to our hotel. We will have a snack upon arrival and then head to bed following an exhausting day in order to energize ourselves for the week ahead.
Day 2 - Bienvenidos a Cusco
Take a flight from Lima to Cusco.
Land in Cusco. We will transfer to our Cusco hotel by private vehicle and have time to settle in, freshen up, and enjoy lunch. We will embark on a guided walking tour of the city. Cusco has a rich historical past—from its indigenous people to the Incan era to Spanish colonization and modern times, we will have an opportunity to explore the many sights of this incredible city. We will also make sure to visit Barrio de San Blas, a picturesque neighborhood filled with artisans and craft shops.
We will spend the afternoon relaxing to acclimate to the altitude (3,400 m). Then, enjoy dinner as a group at a local restaurant, then get a good night’s sleep to prepare for the big days ahead.
Day 3 - Lares Hike
Today we begin our trek in the Lares Valley, the epicenter of the Incan Empire. We will be hiking through the Andes mountain range, passing through different environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Throughout the short hike we will be stopping for snacks, water breaks, and delicious freshly prepared meals.
We will arrive in our accommodation in Lares, and settle into our accommodations. Enjoy dinner as a group and participate in an icebreaker activity.
Day 4 - Service Learning in Peru
We will wake up early and eat breakfast. Transfer to a rural community to participate in a community service project. We will aid in supporting the Andean Alliance, an NGO project whose main focus is to build greenhouses in rural communities in the Lares Valley. Through the building of greenhouses the Andean Alliance hopes to decrease malnutrition which is prevalent in many of these communities. The NGO supports community led development and is focused on a ‘bottom up’ approach. The Alliance takes on a partnership role, enlisting the local community and the local government to share in the responsibility of building sustainable projects. The Andean Alliance fosters the relationship and overseas the building of projects in an effort to foster partners who are accountable. The participation of all stakeholders is integral to success, as this helps empower the community, leading to project ownership and resulting in one that is sustainable. Your contributions could include: Helping to erect/repair a greenhouse, Playing sports or creating a “fun day” or camp program for local children, and/or Site visits to communities and projects with hiking and discussion.
Day 5 - Service Learning Continued
After breakfast, we will transfer to the community to participate in one of the mentioned activities above. We will have lunch on site and continue with our community service for the rest of the afternoon.
Return to Lares to have dinner. This evening, we will get a chance to visit the hot springs nearby for a relaxing soak after a long day.
Day 6 - Ollantaytambo
We will say goodbye to our host then transfer to Ollantaytambo. We will visit an impressive Incan archaeological site located within the Sacred Valley. We will have time to tour and explore the area. If time permits we can stop at Mara, another ancient Incan Ruin and original salt mine.
Enjoy dinner as a group in town and spend the night in Ollantaytambo.
Day 7 - Machu Picchu!
Early in the morning we will take the first train up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens. We will have a guided tour of the ruins and visit all the main areas. After the tour you will have some free time to explore on your own.
We will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to Cusco. We will have a boxed dinner on the train. Upon arrival in Cusco, check into our hotel for a good night’s rest.
Day 8 - Cusco to Puno
Today we will travel south through Peru via private vehicle from Cusco to Puno, the closest town near Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival, we will get to explore the town and have lunch as a group. Check into your hotel after a long travel day.
Day 9 - Lake Titicaca, Floating Reed Island, Taquile Island
After breakfast, we will board a boat to Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and often referred to as the highest navigable lake in the world (elevation: 3,812 m).
We will check out the floating reed island in the middle of the lake! The indigenous Uros people, predating the Incan civilization, use totora reeds to build ‘artificial’ islands in the middle of the lake, as a means of isolating themselves from prior enemies. We will also visit the Taquile island, known for their production of finest, handwoven textiles.We will transfer back to our accommodation in Puno.
Day 10 - Explore Lima
After breakfast, board our flight from Julianca to Lima.
Land in Lima. We will have an opportunity to visit some of the trendier neighborhoods in Lima such as Miraflores. We will have some beach time at one of the many beautiful low-key beaches that surround the city.
Head out for a Banquet dinner on this evening to cap off an exciting trip.
Day 11 - Travel Home
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Airport. Depart on your flight home after an amazing trip to Peru together!
AirfareInternational airfare is NOT included**
Domestic flights in Peru are included.
BusPrivate coach bus as needed for duration of tour
HostelCentrally located, student friendly hostels
CommunityAccommodation at a local community during service portion
Three meals a day included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
Peru is home to one of the world’s deepest canyon in the world: at 3,535 meters deep, it’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon
Places You’ll Visit
Learn about the history and culture of Peru’s capital as we visit Plaza de Armas, La Catedral de Lima, and more
From its indigenous population, to the Incan era, through Spanish colonization and modern times, we will explore the many sights of this historic city
An impressive Incan archaeological site located within the Sacred Valley
The sight of Machu Picchu shooting out through the clouds at an elevation of nearly 2,500m is one you will not forget anytime soon
The indigenous Uros people, predating the Incan civilization, use totora reeds to build ‘artificial’ islands in the middle of the lake, as a means of isolating themselves from prior enemies
Last minute souvenirs in this quaint water-front town
Homeward bound from Juliaca