11 days
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Taquile Island
From ancient Inca cities to Lima’s sprawling landscape, and from lush Amazonian jungles to the snow-capped Andes, Peru’s culture and countryside offer no shortage of diversity. Take a journey into the southern region of Peru, where you’ll explore archeological treasures like Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Then, venture south to one of the highest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca, where you’ll be in the indigenous cultures of villages surrounding the scenic lake. Working together with locals, you’ll participate in meaningful service projects focused on eco-tourism, community development and cultural immersion.
  • Day 1: Fly to Peru

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    If arriving before 8pm, enjoy dinner in Lima

  • Day 2: Lima

    Take a guided tour of Lima

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Government Palace, the official residence of Peru’s President
    • Archbishop’s Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Lima
    • City Hall, Lima's governmental center
    • Cathedral of Lima, a 16th-century Roman Catholic cathedral

    Visit San Francisco Monastery which houses a museum of fine religious art as well as catacombs first dug in the 16th century

    Visit the Larco Museum and see the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Ceviche cooking class

    Ceviche cooking class

    Enter the kitchen and learn what goes into making your own ceviche—a dish that’s been declared part of Peru’s national heritage and even has its own holiday. 

    Take a walking tour of Miraflores, the “Heroic City," with its popular shopping areas, lavish gardens, and breathtaking views of the Pacific

    Enjoy dinner in Lima

  • Day 3: Lima • Cuzco • Sacred Valley

    Fly to Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former seat of the Incan Empire 

    Enjoy lunch in Cuzco

    Take a walking tour of Cuzco and visit a local market

    Visit the Seminario Ceramics Studio and shop in Urubamba, where you will see traditional ceramic practices and designs

    Enjoy dinner in Sacred Valley

  • Day 4: Sacred Valley • Ollantaytambo • Aguas Calientes • Machu Picchu

    Travel by train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu

    Tour Machu Picchu, the fabled “Lost City of the Inca” located atop the Andes, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy dinner in Machu Picchu

  • Day 5: Ollantaytambo • Cuzco

    Travel via train to Ollantaytambo and Pisac to Cuzco

    Tour Ollantaytambo, once the estate of Incan Emperor Pachacuti, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy lunch in Cuzco

    Visit the market in Pisac, located among ancient Incan ruins

    Visit a silver workshop and spend time exploring Cuzco on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Cuzco

  • Day 6: Cuzco • Puno

    Travel via Raqhi Temple to Puno, located along Lake Titicaca

    Visit the Raqhi Temple, whose enormous walls are all that remain of this Incan ritual structure

    Enjoy lunch in Puno

    Enjoy dinner in Puno

  • Day 7: Puno • Uros Islands • Luquina

    Set out for the Uros Islands by boat, which were made from tortora reeds by the Uro people 

    Begin your service learning project

    As communities evolve, so do their needs; that’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges, and since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 

    • Begin your eco-focused and community development projects in a nearby community
    • Evenings are a chance to draw connections between the day's work and relevant global issues
    • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included on days 7 and 8 
  • Day 8: Continue your service project

  • Day 9: Luquina • Taquile Island • Llachon • Puno

    Take a boat excursion to Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island
    Stop by a center where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques 
    Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon 
    Return to Puno 

    Enjoy dinner in Puno

  • Day 10: Depart for home

    Time permitting, visit a local market in Lima

    Enjoy dinner at the airport

  • Day 11: Arrive home

Want to learn more about this program?
  • Day 1: Fly to Peru

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    If arriving before 8pm, enjoy dinner in Lima

  • Day 2: Lima

    Take a guided tour of Lima

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Government Palace, the official residence of Peru’s President
    • Archbishop’s Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Lima
    • City Hall, Lima's governmental center
    • Cathedral of Lima, a 16th-century Roman Catholic cathedral

    Visit San Francisco Monastery which houses a museum of fine religious art as well as catacombs first dug in the 16th century

    Visit the Larco Museum and see the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Ceviche cooking class

    Ceviche cooking class

    Enter the kitchen and learn what goes into making your own ceviche—a dish that’s been declared part of Peru’s national heritage and even has its own holiday. 

    Take a walking tour of Miraflores, the “Heroic City," with its popular shopping areas, lavish gardens, and breathtaking views of the Pacific

    Enjoy dinner in Lima

  • Day 3: Lima • Cuzco • Sacred Valley

    Fly to Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former seat of the Incan Empire 

    Enjoy lunch in Cuzco

    Take a walking tour of Cuzco and visit a local market

    Visit the Seminario Ceramics Studio and shop in Urubamba, where you will see traditional ceramic practices and designs

    Enjoy dinner in Sacred Valley

  • Day 4: Sacred Valley • Ollantaytambo • Aguas Calientes • Machu Picchu

    Travel by train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu

    Tour Machu Picchu, the fabled “Lost City of the Inca” located atop the Andes, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy dinner in Machu Picchu

  • Day 5: Ollantaytambo • Cuzco

    Travel via train to Ollantaytambo and Pisac to Cuzco

    Tour Ollantaytambo, once the estate of Incan Emperor Pachacuti, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy lunch in Cuzco

    Visit the market in Pisac, located among ancient Incan ruins

    Visit a silver workshop and spend time exploring Cuzco on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Cuzco

  • Day 6: Cuzco • Puno

    Travel via Raqhi Temple to Puno, located along Lake Titicaca

    Visit the Raqhi Temple, whose enormous walls are all that remain of this Incan ritual structure

    Enjoy lunch in Puno

    Enjoy dinner in Puno

  • Day 7: Puno • Uros Islands • Luquina

    Set out for the Uros Islands by boat, which were made from tortora reeds by the Uro people 

    Begin your service learning project

    As communities evolve, so do their needs; that’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges, and since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like: 

    • Begin your eco-focused and community development projects in a nearby community
    • Evenings are a chance to draw connections between the day's work and relevant global issues
    • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included on days 7 and 8 
  • Day 8: Continue your service project

  • Day 9: Luquina • Taquile Island • Llachon • Puno

    Take a boat excursion to Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island
    Stop by a center where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques 
    Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon 
    Return to Puno 

    Enjoy dinner in Puno

  • Day 10: Depart for home

    Time permitting, visit a local market in Lima

    Enjoy dinner at the airport

  • Day 11: Arrive home

Want to learn more about this program?

Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


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  • Sample assignments
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Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

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Above and Beyond: Lake Titicaca Service Adventure
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Life Inspiring

This incredibly well-organized and jam packed educational experience is one I will never forget. From the soaring heights of Machu Picchu to the peaceful home stay experience with the Aymaran community ...
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Coburn, PA / Posted on June 05, 2016

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Full-time Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • Service Hours

    Earn service hours that count towards academic credit.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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