Peru Experience
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From £1,350 (was £1,499), 28 days, Peru Trip code: PEXP

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  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the epic Peru in just four weeks
  • Get a taster of the life of locals in Cusco
  • Something to impress your mates- learn Spanish!
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu
  • Spend time with island communities on Lake Titicaca
  • Embark on the Lares Trek (trekking option) and see Peru's amazing scenery

Trip Summary

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Want to see Peru, but only got four weeks to spare? You're in luck Real Gappers, not only is our Peru Experience completely awesome, but it'll show you the highlights of the country in just 28 days! Lend a hand on one of our fantastic community volunteer projects in Cusco, stay with island communities on Lake Titicaca and visit one of the world's wonders, 'Mr Inca himself'- the awe inspiring Machu Picchu!

 

Not only will you see the main tourist attractions of Peru, you’ll also be spending time off the beaten track by seeing the nitty gritty too– visiting lesser known Inca sites and discovering more about Peru’s fascinating culture and history. To help you make the most of your time in Peru, you’ll also take some Spanish lessons to boost you confidence with the language, so you'll be chatting to the locals in no time!

 

For those of you Real Gappers that are feeling even more adventurous, you can choose our trekking option and embark on the Lares trek through rural areas of Peru, visiting Inca ruins en route and witnessing some amazing Andean scenery!  


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What will I be doing?

  • Bienvenidos al Perú! (Days 1 - 8)

  • Volunteering or trekking? You decide… (Days 9 – 15: )

  • Trekking option (Days 12 - 15)

  • Volunteer in Cusco (Days 16 - 23)

  • The grand finale on Lake Titicaca (Days 24 - 28)

Bienvenidos al Perú!: Days 1 - 8

Next Leg

Destination info

You’ll start off in Cusco, the base for most of the month. The ancient Inca capital, Cusco positively oozes history – with amazing ruins to feast your eyes on. Now a lively modern city, it’s the stopping-off point for everyone heading for Machu Picchu – perfect for meeting other travellers and shopping for the rest of your trip.

 

It’s a great place to catch a little bit of everything Peru and you’re going come face to face with real deprivation – not everyone has an easy life. The good news is that you have the chance to lend a hand – the trip includes ten days as a volunteer working with disadvantaged children in Cusco.

 

Your final week is on and around the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca – and you’ll be spending time with local communities who live on the lake’s islands.

 

  • Location: Cusco

Day 1: Welcome to Peru, Real Gappers! On arrival at Cusco Airport you’ll be met by one of our awesome in country team who'll take you back to your host family's accommodation on the outskirts of the city to settle in. This is where the adventure begins, exciting stuff!

 

Lunch included.

 

Day 2: To get you lot settled in, we'll hold an orientation first thing to really give you the chance to find out more about Cusco. Our in country Real Gappers will be giving you a quick Spanish test today too to determine your Spanish level in preparation for your Spanish classes later in the week.

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Day 3 - 6: To help you get the most out of your time in Peru, we're going to teach you some Spanish over the next few days! Whether you are a complete beginner or you know the ropes already, our lessons provide an awesome start to the trip as it'll give you extra confidence when speaking to local people. In the evening of day 4, you’ll be given some Latin dance classes too which makes for an epic night out! On day 6 as well as your Spanish lesson, you’ll visit the bustling central market where you’ll be able to try out your Spanish and practice your haggling skills!

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Day 7: In the afternoon we'll visit the Cathedral of Cusco as well as some other historical sites in and around the city including Tambomachay, Pukapukara, the amphitheatre of Q’enqo, Qorikancha and the Oracle of Sacsayhuaman (we don't know how that one's pronounced either!). The visit's will give you an insight into Inca history, and you'll learn so much about the area too!

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Day 8: Today we'll all take a day trip into the heart of the Sacred Valley. There's so much to see- we'll explore the famous market in Pisac, the awesome Inca town of Ollantaytambo and wander through the traditional Peruvian village of Chincheros. Keep your eyes peeled, there'll be loads of cool scenery to see along the way!

 

Breakfast and lunch included.
 

Volunteering or trekking? You decide…: Days 9 – 15:

Next Leg

Destination info

You’ll start off in Cusco, the base for most of the month. The ancient Inca capital, Cusco positively oozes history – with amazing ruins to feast your eyes on. Now a lively modern city, it’s the stopping-off point for everyone heading for Machu Picchu – perfect for meeting other travellers and shopping for the rest of your trip.

 

It’s a great place to catch a little bit of everything Peru and you’re going come face to face with real deprivation – not everyone has an easy life. The good news is that you have the chance to lend a hand – the trip includes ten days as a volunteer working with disadvantaged children in Cusco.

 

Your final week is on and around the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca – and you’ll be spending time with local communities who live on the lake’s islands.

  • Location: Cusco

Days 9 - 11: For the next three days all of you Real Gappers will be lending a hand at one our our volunteering projects, all of which help out vulnerable children in Cusco. The projects are completely worthwhile, and often it's a highlight of those who've been on the Peru Experience before! Our in country Real Gappers will match you with projects needs at the time of your visit but fundamentally the projects are similar- as they all  help develop the children's education, self-confidence and key skills- and obviously you're going to have loads of fun too!

 

Some of the projects involve you working in the morning or afternoon, so you'll probably have bundles of free time to explore Cusco. In the evenings you could go out with the rest of your group and sample some of the local restaurants, cafes and the Latin dance clubs. There's so much to see!

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

*For the next 3 days, you have the choice of continuing with your volunteer project or choosing the Trekking option and embarking on the Lares Trek.

 

Volunteer option


Days 12 – 13: For those choosing the volunteer option, you’ll be continuing your community volunteer project for the next two days and staying with your host family in Cusco!

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Day 14 - 15: No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, so Guess where we're going next? That's right, Mr Inca himself- Machu Picchu! Brace yourself for an early start Real Gappers- we'll catch the train to the popular town of Aguas Calientes and in no time we'll be ready to take the bus to Machu Picchu itself. On day 15, you’ll need to be up nice and early for the climb to Machu Picchu in time to witness sunrise! In the morning you’ll have a two hour guided walk of Machu Picchu, so you'll get the chance to learn more about this awesome place. After the tour you’ll have the free time to explore the ruins independently before heading back to Cusco in the early evening.

 

Breakfast included. 

Trekking option: Days 12 - 15

Next Leg

Destination info

You’ll start off in Cusco, the base for most of the month. The ancient Inca capital, Cusco positively oozes history – with amazing ruins to feast your eyes on. Now a lively modern city, it’s the stopping-off point for everyone heading for Machu Picchu – perfect for meeting other travellers and shopping for the rest of your trip.

 

It’s a great place to catch a little bit of everything Peru and you’re going come face to face with real deprivation – not everyone has an easy life. The good news is that you have the chance to lend a hand – the trip includes ten days as a volunteer working with disadvantaged children in Cusco.

 

Your final week is on and around the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca – and you’ll be spending time with local communities who live on the lake’s islands.

  • Location: Trekking option

Day 12: Rise n' shine, it's adventure time! We'll be getting up very early to take the scenic journey from Cusco through to the Sacred Valley to Quishuarani, whilst passing by small Andean communities, alpacas and llamas, and taking in the epic views along the way! Quishuarani marks the start of your trek, and you’ll meet the trekking staff there.

 

The trek begins with a gentle climb to Queuña Cocha lagoon where you’ll be able to see Mount Sawasiray and Colque Cruz. The next phase is a short, steep climb to Hualcacasa and your first pass where Mount Veronica (a sacred Apu mountain in this Valley) can often be observed in the high mountains. After a stop for lunch beside the beautiful ‘Seven Lagunas’, you’ll continue your trek down through the community of Cuncani before starting another ascent to your second pass at Qolqecasa; following a short descent passing some lovely waterfalls and lagoons, you’ll reach your campsite for the first night of the trek in the late afternoon.

 

Minimum altitude: 3800m/12502ft
Maximum altitude: 4400m/714476ft
Trekking distance: approximately 14km
Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 13: Bring on day two! With another early start, you'll take the long descent to Chaqchapata. From here you’ll be heading to your lunch stop destination by a glacial stream at Champacocha- an awesome place to have a bit of nosh! After a well deserved break you’ll be ascending to the highest point of the trek, the passage of Auroracasa, where you’ll be able to see the Auroracocha lagoon and the epic views.

 

We'll then start to go back down to reach the valley of the Queuñas. You’ll notice a dramatic change in the scenery before reaching your beautiful campsite in Mantanay for the evening.

 

Minimum altitude: 3900m/12831ft
Maximum altitude: 4600m/15134ft
Trekking distance: approximately 16km
Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 14: Today marks the last day of trekking as you descend to lower altitudes and enjoy amazing views of the mountains, Moray Maras, Salineras and Queuñas bush valley. As we do start to travel down you’ll notice changes in the weather and environments along the way; this area offers much better conditions for farming and it’s likely that you'll see local villagers and farmers tending to the land and growing crops to sell at the markets in Sacred Valley. The final section will take you to the picturesque Peruvian village of Yanahuara which marks the finishing point of your Lares trek adventure.

 

After the final meal of your trek (lunch!), it’ll be time to say goodbye to the trekking team as you’ll be collected by private bus and taken to Ollantaytambo train station where we’ll catch the train to the bustlin' town of Aguas Calientes, in the shadows of Machu Picchu. When you reach Aguas Calientes, you’ll have free time for the rest of the day to recover from your trek or go out and explore some more!

 

Minimum altitude: 2700m/8883ft
Maximum altitude: 3900m/12831ft
Trekking distance: approximately 12km
Approximate walking time: 4 hours

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 15: Today's one of the big ones Real Gappers- it's time to visit the world famous Machu Picchu! It’ll be an early start this morning as we travel up to Machu Picchu in time to witness the mind-blowing sunrise over the Inca ruins. You can either take the bus up to the site, or if you're feeling extra energetic you can take the 1.5 hour hike up to Machu Picchu.

 

Today you’ll also be able to enjoy a two hour guided tour of the archaeological park where you’ll learn more about the Inca culture and the fascinating history behind Machu Picchu. After the tour you’ll have free time for the rest of the day to explore independently. In the early evening, you’ll be travelling by bus back to Cusco and your host family.

 

Minimum altitude: 2100m/6909ft
Maximum altitude: 3400m/11186ft
Trekking distance: approximately 9km
Approximate walking time: 4-5 hours

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Please note -You will be able to leave your main luggage at the accommodation in Cusco during your trek, so you should only pack the bare necessities for your trek and carry them in a day pack. You will be required to carry your own bag/day pack during the trek, therefore a relative level of health and fitness is required for this tour, as each day consists of around six hours of walking. You are advised to pack light but please don't forget to bring a sleeping bag with you.

 

The guides and porters who will be leading the trek, will be carrying equipment for the trek only, and not your personal luggage. 

Volunteer in Cusco: Days 16 - 23

Next Leg

Destination info

You’ll start off in Cusco, the base for most of the month. The ancient Inca capital, Cusco positively oozes history – with amazing ruins to feast your eyes on. Now a lively modern city, it’s the stopping-off point for everyone heading for Machu Picchu – perfect for meeting other travellers and shopping for the rest of your trip.

 

It’s a great place to catch a little bit of everything Peru and you’re going come face to face with real deprivation – not everyone has an easy life. The good news is that you have the chance to lend a hand – the trip includes ten days as a volunteer working with disadvantaged children in Cusco.

 

Your final week is on and around the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca – and you’ll be spending time with local communities who live on the lake’s islands.

  • Location: Cusco

Days 16 – 20: For the next five days we’ll be helping out at our volunteer projects in Cusco, sure the children will be really pleased to see you again! Your main activities at the volunteer project will depend on which project you're placed at, but generally it will involve some basic teaching, giving the children a hand with their English skills, and playing games.

 

Breakfast and lunch included.

 

Days 21 – 23: It's free time, time! There's loads to do in the local area, so you can really get stuck in. You could stay in Cusco, go a bit further afield, or just chill out for the next few days after your stint of volunteering! 

 

Breakfast and lunch included.  

The grand finale on Lake Titicaca: Days 24 - 28

Destination info

You’ll start off in Cusco, the base for most of the month. The ancient Inca capital, Cusco positively oozes history – with amazing ruins to feast your eyes on. Now a lively modern city, it’s the stopping-off point for everyone heading for Machu Picchu – perfect for meeting other travellers and shopping for the rest of your trip.

 

It’s a great place to catch a little bit of everything Peru and you’re going come face to face with real deprivation – not everyone has an easy life. The good news is that you have the chance to lend a hand – the trip includes ten days as a volunteer working with disadvantaged children in Cusco.

 

Your final week is on and around the highest navigable lake in the world – Titicaca – and you’ll be spending time with local communities who live on the lake’s islands.

  • Location: Lake Titicaca

Day 24: Today we’ll be travelling from Cusco to Puno, which is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We'll stop off and visit some awesome Inca ruins along the way too!

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 25: Today we’ll be exploring Lake Titicaca and seeing some of its amazing islands including the awesome Uros Islands- floating islands which are made up of reeds! You’ll be able to see the traditional way of life first hand- it's a cool experience.

 

As well as your expedition to the the Uros Islands, you’ll also be visiting Amantani Island where you’ll be staying for the night with a friendly local family, giving you a great opportunity to find out more about island life.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

 

Day 26: 'Lake Titicaca: The Adventure' continues on day 26! We'll head to Taquile Island and visit another unique island community. You’ll have time to explore the island and learn more about the lifestyle.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

 

Day 27: As your Peru Experience draws to a close, you’ll travel back to the lakeside city of Puno. You’ll have free time today to explore the city and stock up on some souvenirs to take home for family and friends.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

 

Day 28: After an action packed four weeks of exploring the high and lows of Peru, today's the day we all say goodbye- nooo! The programme finishes in Puno, where you will be free to continue travelling or make your own way to the airport.

 

Breakfast included.

 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as per itinerary
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Transport during programme as per itinerary
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Support of in-country team throughout

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money, drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Airport taxes
  • Return airport transfer

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years with parental consent, maximum decided on health and fitness of participant.

 

Accommodation

During your time in Peru you will be staying in a variety of different accommodation styles. Whilst based in Cusco, you’ll be staying with a local host family where you’ll have your own bedroom and will be sharing bathroom facilities. During your time in Aguas Calientes, you’ll be staying in a local backpackers hostel. And for your final few days of the Peru Experience, you’ll be heading to Puno where you’ll be staying two nights in a local hotel and Lake Titicaca where you will be spending two nights with local island families on Amantani and Taquile islands.

 

For those choosing the trekking option, you’ll be camping for most of the trekking days and staying in a hostel in Aguas Calientes. 

 

Meals

A number of meals will be included during the Peru Experience and these are indicated on the trip itinerary. The meals provided to you will generally be traditional local dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

 

On some days you will see that dinners are not included, this gives you a great opportunity to sample some of the local restaurants and cafes in the area.

 

Orientation

On your first day at the language school, you will have a comprehensive orientation. This orientation will cover all the information that you need to know about your Experience as well as information about Cusco and Peru and essential topics such as banking, money, transport, things to do and information about the volunteering section of your programme.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Can I do longer on this placement?

No it’s a set itinerary.

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2. At the homestay will I get my own room?

Yes your own room with shared bathroom facilities.

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3. Do we get any free time?

Yes during the week that you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday with evenings free to socialise in the many bars, restaurants and Latin dance clubs in the centre of Cusco.

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4. Is Spanish is required for this placement?

Yes, a resonable level of Spanish is needed.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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Overall rating: (9/10) (4 reviews)
Peru Experience

Astrid Marciniak - September 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
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fantastic and unforgettable experience!

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(7/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

- Trekking to Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu from afar, it was absolutely beautiful! - Volunteering with the kids who were very energetic - although I felt as volunteers we could have helped out a little more by being more invloved with the kids during class - Bus journey to Puno gave me a lot of opportunity to take some photos at a variety of different places e.g. La Raya and Raqui - City tour e.g. Saqsayhuaman Sacred Valley etc - Surprisingly I enjoyed the spanish lessons! - and of course meeting new people!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Pack mostly warm clothes (after sun down it gets pretty chilly!) 2) You don't need a backpack - a suitcase will do 3) take more money than you think - you'll be going out a lot!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Possibly the Colca Canyon in Arequipa, which would give people an opportunity to spy on condors!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

No

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Peter Giffard - May 2013

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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Helping the children was fantastic...

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to explore and take a positive attitude.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Any other comments?

Thank You By Much For Everything... :-)))

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Claire Booth - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Worthwhile experience.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering with the children. The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Peru Experience2012-02-27

Anne Marie Mcdonagh - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
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Could literally nicky what youve just said...it was a great experience, met some wonderful people, made some very good friends and I will never forget my experience in Peru...the best thing have ever done.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(8/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Couldnt possibly say because it was all perfect....Macu Picchu was pretty awesome though..and was a highlight!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.Take plenty of warm clothes - when they say its cold at night - they mean it!! 2.You DONT need a mosquito net for The Peru Experience..there is no mosquitos due to the high altitude 3. If you have problems getting laundry done with your host family just take it to the laundry services available in the city - they do a good job and it only costs 3 sols

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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