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After experiencing the Amazon rainforest your volunteer project will take place not far outside Cusco where your help can make a real difference to struggling communities. This challenge is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and to achieve goals as part of a team.
You will spend the first week in the Amazon rainforest visiting one of the most protected natural areas in all of South America. You will learn about environmental sustainability and protection from conservation experts and indigenous communities, and see some of the most spectacular and unique flora and fauna along the way.
Armed with fresh knowledge about the local environment and sustainability challenges you will work in our local partner schools teaching an environmental sustainability curriculum. This sort of education is crucial for the local community, ensuring that as they develop they are able to protect their natural environment. With free time on the weekends to explore Cusco and discover the best of both old and new Peru as well as the opportunity to take part in our extension trip to trek Machu Picchu, this is an adventure not to pass up!
|University Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|Royal Holloway Students||17th August – 31st August 2019||Book Now|
|Sheffield Hallam Students||17th August – 31st August 2019||Book Now|
|Leeds Students||15th June – 29th June 2019||Book Now|
|UWS Students||1st June – 15th June 2019||Book Now|
|Reading Students||17th August – 31st August 2019||Book Now|
|Bradford Students||15th June – 29th June 2019||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
Arrive into Cusco airport before midday and be met by your in-country team who will transfer you to your accommodation.
You will spend the next 7 days working the research centre within one of the rarest eco-sytems in the world. Have the incredible expeirence of meeting with native communities who are of Machiguenga ethnicity.
You will travel Urumbamba where you will work the the local community on our environmental education programme. You will also be teaching english. Teaching English is the back bone to all our programmes and in the Sacred Valley we run a ‘Youth Empowerment Programme’ which supports local students looking for a career in the tourism sector. The ability to speak even a small amount of English is an invaluable asset to them and sends their career prospects sky high.
Return to Cusco airport for your flight home or begin your adventure in the Amazon on our extension trip!
Departing early, between 04.30am-05.30am, we will drive to Mollepata. From there, our hike will begin and we will be walk for around 3 hours before stopping for lunch. After lunch, there will be 4 more hours before the valley flattens out and you can see the beautiful snow-capped peak of Nevado Humantay (5917m). We will have dinner and camp in Soraypamapa (3500m).
This will be the hardest day trekking as we will be climbing from 3300m up to a pass at 4600m close to Nevado Salkantay – the highest part of the trek. It will be a truly spectacular day! We will then be descending into the upper cloud forest where the climate changes towards semi-tropical. After a lunch stop we will arrive at our second camp in Collpabamba (3200m).
An early breakfast begins the third day and we will walk for about 2 hours before stopping for lunch in Wiñaypoco. After another 3 hours of descent through changing vegetation we will arrive at the village of La Playa. Much of the path follows a small river with waterfalls, and we may see parrots, hummingbirds, orchids, bamboo and much more in the tropical forest. La Playa is the biggest village on the way, where we can find some small shops to buy snacks etc. In this area we can see coffee and banana plantations.
On arrival to La Playa you will either spend the afternoon in la Playa and camp there, then in the morning catch a public bus to Hidroeléctrica of take local transport to Santa Teresa, a beautiful village in the cloud forest, where we will spend the afternoon with the option of visiting the hot pools and camp the night.
The morning will be spent walking to Hidroeléctrica through a remote valley road alongside some impressive hydroelectric developments in the Urubamba River. Originally used to transport agricultural products to the population of Machu Picchu, along this trail we will see some beautiful coffee plantations and subtropical fruits and crops. From there we will continue to Aguas Calientes where you will see the impressive Machu Picchu. Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes we enjoy a group dinner and spend the night there in a hostel.
We will take the first bus (approx. 05.30am) to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of about 2.5 hours. After exploring the ruins, you will take a train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Please ensure that you are at the station at least half an hour before the train is due to leave (times will be confirmed once you are in country).
Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your connecting international flight back home.
*This extension trip is subject to receiving the minimum number of participants