Peru

Sacred Valley

A 10-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
10 Days
Description

Celebrate Peru: Walk ancient pilgrimage paths, learn from local healers and community leaders, and visit active archaeological sites amongst the breathtaking peaks of the Andes.

Dates

Mar 21 - Mar 31, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participant

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

36 Weeks

Tuition

$4,495


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,400

Cusco

Lima

Huaraz

Program Overview

The mountains of southern Peru are home to some of the highest peaks and greatest biological diversity in the Americas.  


They are also home to the hemisphere’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Cusco, which was considered the navel of the Incan empire of Tawantinsuyu.  Just outside of Cusco, along the honored Vilcanota and Urubamba rivers, runs the Sacred Valley, where many of the Inca’s most important cities and agricultural lands existed.  Here resides both a historic and a living culture, where mountain traditions mix, and sometimes clash, with modern Peruvian life.

Traveling to the mystical highlands of southern Peru, we explore famous Incan sites, as well as remote and off-the-tourist-path communities.  We delve into environmental issues through site visits and discussions pertaining to Andean agricultural diversity and climate change. Through homestays with descendants of the Incas, guided mountain excursions on antiquated paths, and conversations with healers and spiritual teachers, we encounter the sacred and ancient aspects of Peru, as well as explore our own living connection with the earth.

Sample Itinerary

Program Components

4/5
Comparative Religion

Gain insight into Andean cultural and religious worldview, walk ancient pilgrimage paths, and take part in traditional Q-eros ceremonies

5/5
Development Studies

Engage with issues in resource management, modernization and globalization, indigenous movements and political representation, urbanization and rural poverty, environmental conservation, and community and sustainable development.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Delve into environmental issues through site visits and discussions pertaining to Andean agricultural diversity and climate change.

4/5
Home Stay

Above the Sacred Valley, spend three days in Parque de la Papa staying with local families

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Engage in workshops in traditional textile weaving, medicinal plants, and Andean spirituality.

3/5
Language Study

Learn basic Spanish language skills and have countless opportunities to practice with locals

1/5
Learning Service

Assist homestay families in their fields

3/5
Rugged Travel

Moderately rugged train and jeep travel, rural homestay and trail walking

2/5
Trekking

Day hikes to sparkling alpine lakes and through ancient Incan ruins