About This Adventure
Cusco, Peru; Inca ruins, Sacsayhuaman, Pucapucara, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Andahuaylillasm, the Cathedral, San Blas Church, and Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu.
- 9 night stay in standard level lodging
- All meals throughout the trip
- English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide,
and inform you throughout the trip
- Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites
and other scheduled events throughout the trip
- All in-country transportation
- $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival
back home, including a 24-hour emergency hotline
While we have no specific air deals on this adventure, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.
- International airfare
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
- Laundry, phone, and Internet
Day 1:Arrive in Cusco and Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Arriving in Cusco, you’ll be met by a member of our staff before heading
through the mountains to our guesthouse in Cusco for the evening. After
a delicious welcome dinner, we will discuss the schedule for the week and
provide you an overview of the volunteer project.
Day 2: Tour the Inca Ruins Outside Cusco
After breakfast we’ll enjoy a tour of the Inca ruins around Cusco, some
of the oldest in Peru; these include Sacsayhuaman, Pucapucara, Qenqo,
and Tambomachay. After exploring the ruins and surrounding countryside
we’ll head to our home for the week in the quaint village of
Andahuaylillas. We’ll stay in a century-old hacienda, set in a valley
hemmed in by the Andes Mountains.
Day 3: Visit Local Cathedrals and Get an Introduction to Our Teaching Project
This morning we’ll take a tour of the area’s historic cathedrals, before
an introduction to our project for the next week: helping to run an
after school program tutoring children between the ages of 7-12. We will
work with these students on a variety of lessons including teaching basic
English, math, and arts & crafts. This afternoon we’ll learn the secrets of
Peruvian cuisine at a cooking class.
Day 4: Make Traditional Peruvian Dolls and Begin Teaching
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a workshop with a group of women from the
community who make dolls utilizing local textiles and colorful Peruvian
fabrics. These women have been carrying on the tradition through the
years and will show how to make your own doll. This afternoon we’ll begin
work on the project, teaching conversational English and educational
games and songs.
Day 5: Experience a Traditional Shaman Ceremony and Visit an Orphanage
This morning will be one to remember as we attend a traditional shamanic
ceremony and make offerings to Mother Earth, or Pachamama. Afterwards,
visit an all-boys home, Casa Hogar Azul, and help make lunch and share it
with the children. We then return to our teaching project in the afternoon.
Day 6: Visit the Q’ewar Project in Andahuaylillas
Today we visit the Q’ewar Project, which works to empower the
community of Andahuaylillas. We’ll take a tour of the premises, which
include a preschool, volunteer housing, ceramic studio, doll making
studios and gardens. You will see firsthand how the local women sew,
knit, stuff and dress the dolls, which are eventually sold overseas.
Day 7: Visit the Homes of the Q’ewar Project Women
Today we’ll visit the homes of the women from the Q’ewar Project, cook a meal alongside the women and experience life in this rural region. This afternoon sees our final volunteering session at the afterschool program, before we enjoy dinner at the hacienda with our students and the women and staff from the Q’ewar Project.
Day 8: Return to Cusco and Tour the City’s Historic Attractions
Heading back to Cusco, we’ll take a tour of its most important sites: the
Cathedral, San Blas Church, and Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun.
Afterwards, enjoy a traditional lunch then take some free time in the town.
Day 9: Explore Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley
An early-morning train takes us through the mountains and to the famous
Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the afternoon marveling at
this iconic archaeological masterpiece. Later in the afternoon, we will take
the train back for our final dinner in Cusco.
Day 10: Return Home
If you’re leaving us here then we’ll say our goodbyes and return you to the
airport for your flight home.