In 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.
Learn to make dolls using colorful traditional fabrics, visit innovative non-profit organizations serving the local community, and experience the famed Machu Picchu. Visit off-the-beaten path locales and lend a hand to local teachers to help students learn English. Meet local artisans, mystical shamans, and grassroots leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society. We’ll also venture out to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
An Inspiring Journey Across Peru’s Must-See Sights
This trip is truly a balance between the iconic sights of Peru including Machu Picchu and the majestic Sacred Valley with off-the-beaten track locales that give you a completely unique, local experience. This is a Peru that very few travelers get to see.
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. 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! . (Please Note: Due to the pandemic, service projects may differ to ensure safety of the group and local community. Alternative projects include developing clean burning stoves and chicken coops to provide sources of income for the local villages during these difficult times. Please inquire with us for more information.)
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 private 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 cook 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 charming, locally-owned hotel walking distance to Plaza de Armas in Central Cusco.
Arrive in Cusco and take a walking tour of the city before a delicious welcome dinner together. Spend the next six days immersed in the Andean village of Andahuaylillas. We’ll split our time helping out with our after-school program and exploring the local culture. Make traditional Peruvian dolls, visit a non-profit working to educate and care for boys in the area and meet the founders of the innovative Q’ewar Project.
Each night we’ll have dinner together under the clear, starry mountain skies. We’ll end the trip with a full-day excursion to the iconic ruins of the Sacred Valley. Continue on to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and witness just why this is considered one of the top sights to see on Earth.
Your Expert Local Guide
Discover Corps’ expert family of guides around the world are by your side throughout the journey.
Miguel is a native of the Cusco area and is here to connect you with his family, friends and love of the area. Miguel has worked in various tourism-related roles throughout his career and has a sincere interest in showing the best of Cusco and the surrounding Andes mountains to travelers. You might also meet Miguel’s brother, Julio, who helps with the administrative side of things and loves to get out and meet the groups. When not hosting Discover Corps travelers, you can find Miguel working to raise animals (including guinea pigs and hedgehogs) as well as exploring the natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes.
Optional post-trip extensions
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
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Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $450
- As of 2022, Peru requires that all travelers 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated in order to participate.
- 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
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey support
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Want to make it private? Schedule a personal travel consultation and we’ll make it happen.
STS = Solo Traveler Savings. Single Supplements are waived on these dates.
September 3-12, 2023
December 17-26, 2023
February 18-27, 2024 STS
March 24-April 2, 2024
May 19-28, 2024
June 30-July 9, 2024
August 11-20, 2024
September 1-10, 2024
December 26, 2024-January 4, 2025