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9 days

Program Overview

On a Sacred Journey in Peru, spend some time in the cities of Lima and Cusco. Walk through the heart of Lima to see the colonial architecture. Follow the passageways beneath Museo del Convento de San Francisco on a guided tour of the catacombs. Just outside Lima, attend a Peruvian Paso horse dance with expert riders in traditional costumes. Spend an evening watching the Magic Water Circuit, a nightly display of interactive fountains that are illuminated and set to Peruvian music. Over in Cusco, explore foundations that date back to the city’s former designation as the capital of the Inca Empire. Step into the four main chambers of the golden temple of Qorikancha, where the Spanish constructed their Convent of Santo Domingo. Learn to prepare a traditional Peruvian dinner while staying in Cusco.

Go on an exploration into the culture and history of the Incas. Start with a hike at Tambomachay, where a natural spring is transformed into terraces, aqueducts and waterfalls. Experience a ritual demonstration at one of the ancient Inca shrines along the trail. See mysterious Inca sites that are covered in carvings, including the Temple of the Moon and the Q'enco Archaeological Complex. End the hike at Saqsaywaman, a site where three tiers of stonework were built without mortar and still stand strong. At Moray, experience the tiered stone rings with grass beds where crops may have been tested by the Incas. Take the train through the cloud forest to Machu Picchu. Explore the ruins where the Incas performed sacred rituals, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows and more stone structures dedicated to nature and primal creatures.

Engage in the heritage and traditions of Peruvians throughout the journey. Watch a weaving demonstration that honors every color in Chinchero, the birthplace of the rainbow according to the Incas. While here, taste a huatia meal of potatoes and beans, baked in a handmade earthen oven. Discover Maras Salt Mines, where families have passed down the salt mining tradition from generation to generation. Go on a shopping trip in Pisac to pick up handcrafted textiles and ceramics. Nearby, visit a llama farm to learn about these animals and pet them. On a stop in a Yucay village, participate in farming with locals, learning hands-on about agriculture practices and tasting the harvested crops.

Daily Itinerary

Learning Outcomes

On this Peruvian adventure, explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World, journey through ancient ruins of the Incas and get to know the local craftspeople. Much of the foundations of Peruvian structures are preserved from the Inca Empire. See the colonial buildings from when Spain replaced many Inca temples with cathedrals and churches. Take time exploring and learning this history with the Tour Director and local guides, who know the anthropological and archaeological importance of each site throughout the trip. Get into the culture of weaving, farming and salt harvesting with families who have passed these skills down for generations. Journey through the cloud forest by train up to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for the most breathtaking experience of natural beauty and human ingenuity that spans back hundreds of years. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

All three meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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