Machu Picchu Summer 2013
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Travel back in time as you make your way by foot to the Lost City of the Incas. Trek through the breathtaking Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu, the city upon a ridge established by the extraordinary and mysterious Incas hundreds of years ago. You will be amazed by the warm hospitality of Peruvians as you are welcomed into a rural village to work side by side with the local people on community development projects. By trip’s end, you will not want to leave such a remarkable place.
‹‹‹ Trip Details
2013 Trip Dates: J une 18 - July 9 | July 11 - August 1 ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE CITY: Arrive Cucso, Peru | Depart Juliaca, Peru ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE times: 6 Am and 8 aM Arrival in Cusco on the day after the first day of the trip | 3 PM and 6PM Departure on the day before the end of the trip.
Highlights: • Explore the colorful markets of colonial Cusco • Hike the Salkantay Trail • Cultural immersion and community service in the rural town of Ccorca • Whitewater raft the Apurimac River • Sea Kayak Lake Titicaca • Explore the ancient and mystical ruins of Machu Picchu • 40 Community Service hours
Machu Picchu ‹‹‹
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Day 1-2: Fly into the Lima airport and then catch a flight to cusco, Peru Day 3 - 5: Next, switch gears for a rip-roaring adventure along the world-class rated Apurimac River. Bounce and splash as you navigate Class III-V rapids, but be sure to hang on tight! Spend two evenings relaxing and dining on extraordinary meals at beaches bordering the river. Day 6 - 11: Next, discover the best way to learn about the culture by living for a few days among local Peruvian families. You will travel norther Cusco to the cmall village of Ccorca where you will work side by side with the locals working on sustainable projects throughout the community. On the last evening of your week in the Ccorca villages, you will meet your backpacking guides to prep for the much-anticipated Salkantay Trail and your journey to Machu Picchu. Day 12 - 17: Rise and shine early in order to journey from Cusco to Mollepata where you will meet your guides, mules and horses and begin the trek of a lifetime! Hike along the ancient trail and be mesmerized by the stunning Inca ruins, tremendous mountains and beautiful vegetation. You will experience a wide variety of views as you venture over mountain passes and through cloud forests and subtropical vegetation. Each day will be filled with delicious meals, ancient stories and views that only get
better as the days progress. On the morning of your final day backpacking, rise before the sun to climb to the Sun Gate “Intipunku,” the main entrance to Machu Picchu. Day 18 - 20: Awake with the sunrise as you prepare to spend the day traveling from Cusco to Puno in Southern Peru. From Puno, you’ll travel to the small village of Llachon where you will find yourself surrounded by locals who will welcome the group to their homes for splendid meals. After a night of dining with your new friends, you’ll have enough fuel to power our arms for sea kayaking on Lake Titicaca for the next 2 days, the world’s highest navigable lake. You are sure to see some beautiful sites on the rugged coastline and a spectacular sunset as another wonderful day winds down. Day 21 - 22: Depart Juliaca on a plane headed to Lima where you will end your trip with a grand finale banquet, Peruvian style.
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Trip Overview: Length: 22 days Current Grade: 9th and Up Ages: 15 - 18 Challenge Level: moderate 2013 Cost: $5,495
What’s included: • Delicious Peruvian Food • Sleeping Accommodations in hostels and rural lodges • Fun and Safe Leaders who are Wilderness First Responder Certified • Professionally Outfitted Activities: trekking, whitewater rafting, ziplining and kayaking
Average warm days and cool nights. It will be fairly cold when you are in higher elevations. Be sure to have the proper layers listed on the Clothing and Equipment List.
Additional expenses: Students should have a small amount of money for incidentals such as souvenirs, gifts, showers, laundry and personal items. We recommend $60 per week for domestic trips and $75 for international programs.
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