Volunteer in the historically rich city of Cuzco nestled deep in the Andes mountains and get a feel for the local way of life surrounded by ancient Inca ruins. Work with children, teenagers and young adults helping them to develop and strengthen skills during daily activities such as art, sports, music, science, reading, homework, learning English, theatre and games. Participate in an invaluable cultural exchange and take away unexpected insights and lessons learned. Then end your trip with an unparalleled trek through the Andes mountains to reach the breathtaking Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cuzco Arrival and Airport Pick-up (Sunday)
Today you will be picked up upon arrival to the Cuzco airport and transferred to your accommodation. Get settled in and have a free day to enjoy the beautiful city of Cuzco. Get adjusted to the altitude with your first cup of coca-leaf tea and an easy walk around town. Overnight in Cuzco.
Cuzco Intro + Volunteering Project (Monday - Thursday) (4B)
On day 2 (Monday) you will have a short introduction to the city of Cuzco and then begin your exciting volunteering project with a briefing at the school with all of the important details on the program. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want so you can fully understand your responsibilities. This week, you will volunteer on a daily basis. Your schedule will vary depending on the program`s need for volunteers and this will be confirmed upon arrival. In your free time you can relax, practice your Spanish and enjoy the city of Cuzco on your own.
Volunteer Project Description: Work with school children to help them develop and strengthen skills during daily activities such as art, reading, computer skills, homework, tutoring, learning English, theatre and games. Your presence with the children will also help them to learn about other cultures and see that despite our different skills, strengths and weaknesses, we are all equal. The socio-cultural exchange is invaluable to the children’s learning and understanding of the world. You will participate in the activities based on your skill sets and experience. Everyone has something to contribute and the most important qualities required are patience, understanding and flexibility to work in a new atmosphere with an open mind to accept all possibilities.
Depending on the program`s need for volunteers, your schedule will vary. Your schedule will be confirmed upon arrival and you will be given detailed instructions on how to reach the school.
Please be advised that you need to present an up to date Background / Police Check before arrival in order to participate in this volunteering project!
Cuzco Volunteering Project + Afternoon Cuzco City Tour (Friday) (B)
Today you will work at the volunteer project in the morning and then take an exciting city tour around Cuzco in the afternoon to discover the magic and beauty of this former capital of the Incan Empire, once considered the navel of the world.
After being picked-up from your accommodation you will embark on your journey to discover the ancient city of Cuzco, once the glorious capital of the Inca Empire, and the centre of the world. Walk through the cobblestone streets of Cuzco built atop Inca pathways and search out the easily distinguished Inca architecture in the carefully pieced stone walls. Imagine yourself walking among the flawlessly built ancient Inca roads that once led to the modern-day Plaza de Armas from faraway lands. Your trip will take you outside the city to visit the impressive archaeological sites of Saqsayhuaman, Q`enqo amphitheater, Pucapucara Red Fortress and Tambomachay, the Inca bath. Learn about the importance of these intriguing sites from your professional guide and awe at the impressive engineering skills it took to build these giant fortresses so high in the Andes mountains. Enjoy the sites overlooking the city of Cuzco with panoramic views over the valley and fresh mountain air before returning to Cuzco and being dropped off at your accommodation. Overnight in Cuzco.
Maras & Moray Sacred Valley 4x4 Motorbike Adventure (Saturday) (B)
Today you will take an adventurous 4x4 motorbike tour to see some of the Sacred Valley’s most interesting sites. Feel the adrenaline of having total control of a 4x4 motorbike as you drive along dirt roads in the mountains, splashing through mud puddles, passing fields and villages and enjoying the fresh crisp Andean air.
You will be picked up from your accommodation and head to Cruz Pata, a tiny village where the quad-bike adventure will begin. After a safety briefing, you will rev your engines and start off through the countryside to Moray, our first stop of the day. Look out over ancient Inca circular crop terraces and be amazed at the engineering developments of the ancient Inca. Connect with Mother Earth, (La Pachamama) and learn how the Andean culture lives in harmony with the nature that surrounds them. Continue your ride to the “Salineras”, salt mines for a quick visit to see how local people make a living off of the salt that is produced here. Hop back on your 4x4 motorbike once again and make the return trip to Cruz Pata where you will return your motorbike and equipment and then take a return transfer to Cuzco. Overnight in Cuzco.
Full Day Rafting & Zip-line Experience (Sunday) (B)
Today you will head over to the Vilcanota River, home to exciting rafting opportunities. Prepare for an adrenaline filled day, as you splash through the Peruvian rapids and finish off with a thrilling zip-line ride!
After being picked-up from your accommodation in Cuzco and a half-hour drive you will arrive to Oropesa, a tiny Andean town famous for its homemade bread. Here we will get some fresh bread for lunch before driving to the rafting starting point, where the adventure begins. You will get geared up and receive a safety briefing from your professional rafting guide. Head out into the water on the Vilcanota River, one of Peru`s most important rivers for whitewater rafting. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes you will enjoy this super fun class III, III+ and IV rapids with new friends! After hours of thrilling adventure on the Vilcanota River, you will reach camp where you can change into dry clothes and have lunch. Then you will have the chance to go on an exciting zip-lining adventure. Relax on the drive back to Cuzco after an active day. You will be dropped off in the city centre or at your accommodation. Overnight in Cuzco
Cuzco Volunteering Project (Monday - Tuesday) (2B)
Enjoy your last two days working with the children at the volunteer project and be prepared to say goodbye to the smiling faces that you have been working with over the past week. You will take away valuable lessons and insights from your time here. Overnight in Cuzco.
Machu Picchu Trek 4D/3N (Wednesday - Saturday) (3B,3L,3D)
On days 11-14, you will have the opportunity to participate in a trekking experience through the Andes mountains to reach Machu Picchu. The trek depends on preference and trekking permit availability (the traditional Inca Trail trek is limited to 400 people per day and often sells out up to 6 months in advance).
Inca Trail Trek Description: A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Immerse yourself in the Inca culture as you hike 50 kilometers through the heart of the beautiful Andes. This 4-day trek is the only one to take you along the original stone staircases of the Inca Trail, arriving early at Machu Picchu.
Lares Trek Description: A great alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is the Lares Trek. This high altitude trek will please hikers interested in interacting with the local Inca villages in the Andes and seeing their way of life in the countryside.
On day 14, the last day of your trek, you will explore Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco. Get up early to appreciate this magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide to take you through the most important sites and explain the history of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you can explore the mysterious city by yourself and take pictures. If you still have energy and if time allows, you can also climb the Huayna Picchu peak (2,720m / 2 hours). (Tickets for this trek must be purchased at least 2 weeks in advance, please contact us prior to your trip.)
You will then make your own way to Aguas Calientes by bus where you will have lunch and receive your train tickets for the return trip. If time allows, visit the local marketplace right next to the train tracks where you can shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus for the last section of highway to Cuzco arriving back around 20:00. (Day 14 lunch and dinner are not included, please bring extra cash for these.) Please make your own way back to your accommodation. Get a well-deserved rest on your last night in Cuzco.
** Please Note: Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry their old passport or a photocopy with them on the trip.
Airport Drop-off (Sunday) (B)
Enjoy your last morning in Cuzco today and take a transfer to the airport where your trip will come to an end with unforgettable memories of your unique experience working as a volunteer for the community in Cuzco and trekking in the Andes to reach Machu Picchu. We wish you safe travels for your onward journey!
* Please Note: During your volunteering you will likely be grouped with other volunteers, but the rest of the trip will be self-guided, joining with small groups for tours.
14 Nights Accommodation: 11N Shared Rooms in Cuzco Hostel & 3N Camping on Trek
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Trip Name: Peru Voluntour & Machu Picchu Experience
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: $1,645
Supplier Tour ID: CUZADV/208742
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