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The volunteer project takes place in traditional Peruvian villages in the Sacred Valley where your help can make a real difference to struggling communities. You can also see the impact of our charity which is supporting the communities in which you are working. The volunteering challenge is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and to achieve goals as part of a team.
The trek challenges your physical fitness at high altitude and the rewards are spectacular as you discover the mysterious ruins of the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the spectacular Andes Mountains.
Discover the best of the old and new Peru with free time to explore Lima, the City of Kings and modern day capital, and Cusco, the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and home to the spectacular Palace of Inca Roca.
Arrive into Cusco airport before midday and be met by your in-country team who will transfer you to your accomodation
Whilst in Peru you will be working on community projects that take place in the Sacred Valley. Most recently, alongside teaching English students have introduced sports such as handball which the children loved! Bring your own hobbies with you and run afterschool sessions! This is an amazing opportunity to share with the children activities they haven’t been exposed to before and make a real impact on their childhood experiences!
For this part of your programme you will be undertaking a stunning 5 day trek, full of breathtaking views – you won’t want to put your camera away! The trek follows the Salkantay route, which offers a spectacular alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. With support from horses and a camp crew, you will be taken off the beaten track and away from the crowds as you hike through breathtaking mountain passes and remote villages. The trek reaches an altitude of 4,600m so you will need to be physically fit to take on this challenge. On the fifth day you will reach the lost city of Machu Picchu itself with sights that are guaranteed to leave you spellbound. In the afternoon you will make your way to catch the train for your journey back to Cusco.
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.
8:00-9:00 AM – Our journey begins with a three hour trip across the majestic Andes mountain range to arrive in the traditional village of Paucartambo. After a short visit in Paucartambo, we will continue our journey to the entrance of Manu National Park. Waquecha Biological Station is located in one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, known as the “cloud forest,”.
In the afternoon, we will continue our visit to the station by walking along the Orchid Trail (400 meters), accompanied by our guide, Mariano. After dinner, we will have the opportunity to talk to station staff and to hear about their experiences in the field. Reception and accommodation in double cabins – we will enjoy delicious food made from local products Overnight at the station
7:00 AM – After a delicious breakfast, we will walk along the Canopy Walkway.
In the afternoon, we will pack our bags and load up in the car that will carry us to our Villa Carmen Biological Station. We will also visit the hiding place of the Cock of the Rock, Peru’s national bird. Reception and accommodation in double cabins and shared rooms Lunch and dinner prepared by our chef, Luz – we will enjoy delicious food made from local products Overnight at the station.
Today we will walk along Villa Carmen’s trails. On this route, we will have the opportunity to see many colorful birds, such as tanagers, aracaris, and others.In the evening, we will have the option of a night hike to enjoy the incredible sounds of the rainforest. Overnight at the station
After breakfast, we will prepare for a visit to the Santa Rosa de Huacaria Indigenous Community. The community members will teach us how they create traditional handicrafts, The men will also teach us how to make the bows and arrows that they use for hunting and fishing. Finally, we will taste a typical lunch such as Pacamoto or Paco (a very delicious native fish) cooked between bamboo leaves.
After lunch, we will return to the station. Following dinner, we will enjoy a presentation of photos obtained by our camera traps. Overnight at the Bio Station Villa Carmen
Today we will visit trails from the Station so we start a hike through the Bamboo vegetation and Tree Fern for a short section trail until we get to see the Piñi Piñi river, this is where we have a cable car (Oroya) across the river with spectacular views. we then continue our walk enjoying the refreshing water of a waterfall as we walk with a chance to see monkeys. Overnight at Bio Station Villa Carmen.
After breakfast, we will return once again to the city of Cusco.
*This extension trip is subject to receiving the minimum number of participants
|University Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|Royal Holloway Students||15th August – 29th August 2020||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.