Peru: Children of the Andes – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Peru – Children of the Andes

Live amongst the Quechua people while immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Andes.
$3,195 Adult* / $2,895 Child*


Our Purpose

The heart of the Andes is the town of Cusco, where remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization are abundant and Peruvian culture is alive and well. Only 45 minutes away lies a small town where cobblestone streets meander by traditional Peruvian houses. This pueblo will be your home for the majority of the trip.

Education is key to unlocking economic doors in this small Andean village. To achieve our purpose of cultural interaction, friendship exchange, and uplifting youth in the village of Andahuaylillas, assist with an informal after-school program that helps local children continue to develop. Help with English homework, play educational games, and get involved in other activities such as a sack race, soccer game, kite flying, and more, creating lasting memories both for you and the children involved.

(Volunteer Time = 20 hours, or 5 afternoons)


What You'll Do

Learn to make dolls using colorful traditional fabrics, visit the homes of local women for a cooking class, and experience the famed Machu Picchu. Visit off-the-beaten path locales and lend a hand to local teachers to help students learn English. Whether it’s directly assisting a lesson, engaging the students in games, or even just a trip down to the river together, we find that the benefits from these activities go beyond just teaching in a classroom. For many, this type of cultural interaction is only made possible by Discover Corps travelers, so get ready for a day of sack racing or kite flying – you never know what the kids will be up to when you arrive!

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What You'll See

Discover remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization, as well as a thriving modern culture. Relish in the beauty of local hand-woven textiles, breathtaking mountain peaks, and artifacts from one the most powerful empires in human history. Meet local artisans, musicians, and grassroots leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society. Enjoy the magical ancient city of Machu Picchu and the gorgeous Sacred Valley.

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Email Me a Detailed Itinerary

or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Optional Post-Trip Extension

Rainbow Mountain (3 Days/ 2 Nights)

In addition to a purposeful vacation, those who seek a little bit of extra adventure opt for our post-trip extension to Rainbow Mountain. On this extension, first visit the Salt Minds of Maras, a picturesque landscape of white rectangles draped over the hills for miles. Learn from locals how these pools work to create the salt and how the salt is gathered before exploring your own way through these photogenic channels.

You will then embark on the adventurous six-mile journey by horseback to the unforgettable Rainbow Mountain. Prepare for a somewhat strenuous but beautiful journey full of alpaca herds, snow-capped mountains in the distance, and untouched desert landscapes before a free day in Cusco the next day. Visit here to learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night extension or by requesting an itinerary!

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Where You'll Stay

Most of your time in Peru will be spent in the heart of a quaint Andean village called Andahuaylillas, just outside Cusco. Set amongst the soaring Andes Mountains, the hacienda is complete with vegetable gardens (which we use for meals), peaceful nooks to read and relax in, and a fire pit for our evening discussions. Our in-house chef will prepare authentic Peruvian cuisine, which is among the most diverse and delicious in the world. Be ready for a culinary adventure – you won’t be disappointed! In Cusco, stay in a quaint hotel walking distance to Plaza de Armas in Central Cusco.

Opt for the 3-day extension to Rainbow Mountain for even more breathtaking views and quaint lodges in town.

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Karen G.

Putney, VT

Traveler's Journal

“Each day I thought we had reached the high point of the trip, but then the next day always offered another rich experience. Broadening my knowledge of Peru and its people was very important. The trip exceeded any expectation that I had…the warmth, generosity, skill, knowledge of the guide, Miguel, the variety of experiences we participated in – Inka history, social projects, connection with the people, and especially the children – made for an unforgettable trip. Rainbow Mountain was one of the most deeply spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve saving my money for my next Discover Corps trip!”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

Reserve a 10-day Trip

or call us now at 1-619-758-3030

Duration: 10 Days

Program Cost: US $3,195 Adult* / $2,895 Child*

2019 Dates

November 17-26, 2019 (STS)

December 22-31, 2019 (STS)

2020 Dates

January 19-28, 2020 (STS)

February 9-18, 2020 (STS)

March 15-24, 2020

April 5-14, 2020

May 24-June 2, 2020

June 7-16, 2020

June 21-30, 2020

July 5-14, 2020

July 19-28, 2020

August 2-11, 2020

August 16-25, 2020

September 6-15, 2020 (STS)

October 4-13, 2020 (STS)

December 20-29, 2020

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement: $250
  • W= Women-Only
  • STS = Solo-Traveler Savings (you don’t pay the supplement fee!)
See What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in rural Andes
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 20 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 3 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Features: excursion to Machu Picchu, tour of Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry, phone, and Internet

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in rural Andes
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 20 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 3 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Features: excursion to Machu Picchu, tour of Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry, phone, and Internet
See What's Included

Extend your trip on our 3 Day/ 2 Night extension to Rainbow Mountain. Visit a local environmental organization, take the adventurous six-mile horseback ride to the unforgettable Rainbow Mountain, and more. Visit here for more detailed information and pricing.

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Extend your trip on our 3 Day/ 2 Night extension to Rainbow Mountain. Relax in hot springs, visit an environmental organization, Pacha Conservancy, and take the adventurous hike six-miles to the unique Rainbow Mountain. Request an itinerary above for more detailed information and pricing.

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