10 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: Arrive in Lima
Meet your Field Director at the airport.

Day 2: Lima
Take a guided tour of Lima. With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Government Palace
  • Archbishop's Palace
  • City Hall
  • Cathedral of Lima
Visit the Larco Museum
Visit San Francisco Monastery
Take a walking tour of Miraflores with your Tour Director
Optional: Learn how to make ceviche, a seafood dish that's been declared part of Peru's national heritage
Enjoy dinner in Lima

 

Day 3: Lima | The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Board your flight to Cuzco 

  • Take a walking tour of Cuzco and see the Cuzco Cathedral
  • Explore local markets at the Plaza de Armas
  • Tour the home and studio of famed ceramicist, Pablo Seminario, and watch a live pottery demonstration

 

Day 4: Machu Picchu
Travel by train to Aguas Calientes 

  • Explore the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, with your local guide
  • Take an afternoon hike to the Sun Gate or explore the site in groups

 

Day 5: Ollantaytambo and Cuzco
Travel by train to Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site 

  • Take a tour of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the famous Pisac Market, known for its local crafts and meet craftsman for a silver workshop

 

Day 6: Transfer to Puno
Travel by bus on a full day’s journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca where you’ll serve. Enjoy scenic views of the beautiful countryside. 

Day 7-8: Lake Titicaca Community
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 

  • Visit Uros Floating Islands
  • 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

 

Day 9: Lake Titicaca
Visit a secluded section of Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island 

  • Stop by a traditional house where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques
  • Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon
  • Transfer back to Puno

 

Day 10: Travel to Lima & depart for home

Day 11: Arrive home

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Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Meet your Field Director at the airport.

Day 2: Lima
Take a guided tour of Lima. With your expert local guide you will see:

  • Government Palace
  • Archbishop's Palace
  • City Hall
  • Cathedral of Lima
Visit the Larco Museum
Visit San Francisco Monastery
Take a walking tour of Miraflores with your Tour Director
Optional: Learn how to make ceviche, a seafood dish that's been declared part of Peru's national heritage
Enjoy dinner in Lima

 

Day 3: Lima | The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Board your flight to Cuzco 

  • Take a walking tour of Cuzco and see the Cuzco Cathedral
  • Explore local markets at the Plaza de Armas
  • Tour the home and studio of famed ceramicist, Pablo Seminario, and watch a live pottery demonstration

 

Day 4: Machu Picchu
Travel by train to Aguas Calientes 

  • Explore the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, with your local guide
  • Take an afternoon hike to the Sun Gate or explore the site in groups

 

Day 5: Ollantaytambo and Cuzco
Travel by train to Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site 

  • Take a tour of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the famous Pisac Market, known for its local crafts and meet craftsman for a silver workshop

 

Day 6: Transfer to Puno
Travel by bus on a full day’s journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca where you’ll serve. Enjoy scenic views of the beautiful countryside. 

Day 7-8: Lake Titicaca Community
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 

  • Visit Uros Floating Islands
  • 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

 

Day 9: Lake Titicaca
Visit a secluded section of Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island 

  • Stop by a traditional house where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques
  • Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon
  • Transfer back to Puno

 

Day 10: Travel to Lima & depart for home

Day 11: Arrive home

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Above and Beyond: Lake Titicaca Service Adventure
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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.

  • Curriculum Integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • 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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