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The Inca Land Challenge takes place in traditional Peruvian community in the Sacred Valley, where your help can make a real difference to the struggling locals. By working in these small communities you will have the opportunity to support them with a wide range of contributions including English lessons, renovation work and more.
You can also see the impact of our charity, the FutureSense Foundation, in the area. The volunteering project is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and achieve goals as part of a team. You will see a different side of Peru whilst on this challenge, and make the most of your time in country.
|University Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|Sheffield University Students||22nd June – 13th July 2019||Book Now|
|Lancaster Students||17th August – 7th September 2019||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
Depart from the UK and arrive at Cusco airport (before midday) where you will be met by your in-country host and be transferred to your accommodation to relax and settle in. After an induction and orientation you can begin exploring the exciting mix of old and new civilisations. You will also start to acclimatize to high altitudes as Cusco is over 3,000m above sea level.
The volunteering in this challenge takes part in the beautiful Sacred Valley. The possibilities of what you can contribute here are endless! 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. This is your opportunity to change the lives and futures of the children you will be working with.
Return to Cusco airport for your flight home or begin your adventure in the Amazon on our extension trip!
*This itinerary is not fixed and some of the travel and challenge details may change. Confirmation of your specific challenge itinerary will be sent out nearer to your departure date.
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