Day 1
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Lima

Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
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Cusco

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, spend some time getting to know this magical city nestled in the Andes. Cap off the day with a performance of music and danzas folklóricas from the various regions of Peru.

Day 3
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Cusco

Start the day with a visit to some of the ancient archeological sites near Cusco. You’ll begin with Tambomachay and then make stops at Pucapucara, Quenko and the impressive fortress of Saqsayhuamán.

Day 4
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Cusco/Valle Sagrado

Take in sweeping views of the Sacred Valley as you head to the Salinas de Mara salt flats, a unique spot that has served as a source of the mineral since Inca times. Then visit the circular terraces of Moray. On the way back to Cusco, visit a textile workshop in Chinchero to learn about the traditions of naturally dying the brightly-colored wool for which the area is known.  

Day 5
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Cusco/Machu Picchu

Board the train for a magical 4-hour train ride along the Urubamba River. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, a bus will take you up to the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco for the evening.

Days 6-10
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Family Stay

Meet your Peruvian host family and begin a 5-night stay with them!

Day 11
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Puno

Bid farewell to your familia peruana. Stop at the Raqchi ruins on your way to Puno, Peru’s capital of folklore located on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca.

Day 12
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Puno

Enjoy a boat ride on the world’s highest navigable lake and discover the floating islands of the Uros people and the incredible Isla Taquile.

Day 13
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Lima

Return to Lima and spend some time sightseeing in the capital city before settling in to your hotel for the night.

Day 14
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Lima

Explore the extraordinary Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and its catacombs while enjoying your last day in Peru. Transfer to the airport for a late evening flight home.

15
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Return

Arrive home in the U.S.

What Others Are Saying

Dawn, participant

Chirapa, Peru

“I felt we were able to experience everyday life as they live it and I loved being a part of it. The community was so welcoming and I am happy that my children had this opportunity to meet the community members.”

Brian, parent

Peru

“Encourage your children to try everything. For many it is or will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tell your kids to enjoy and take it all in.”