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The Machu Picchu Challenge is the most amazing way to see the real Peru! Join students from around the country in a group travel adventure which takes you deep into the heart of the ancient empire of the Incas.
This overseas travel adventure combines international volunteering and an incredible travel itinerary to make a once in a lifetime trip.
Your volunteer project will take place in the archeological capital of the america’s, Cusco, or in a traditional Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley where your help can make a real difference to struggling communities. The volunteering challenge is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and to achieve goals as part of a team.
The trek challenges your physical fitness at high altitude and the rewards are spectacular as you discover the mysterious ruins of the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the spectacular Andes Mountains.
Discover the best of the old and new Peru with free time to explore Lima, the City of Kings and modern day capital, and Cusco, the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and home to the spectacular Palace of Inca Roca.
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel to relax and settle in. The next day you will have an orientation and you can explore the exciting mix of old and new civilizations of the archaeological capital of the Americas. You will also start to acclimatize to high altitude as Cusco is over 3,000m above sea level.
As an international volunteer you will have a fantastic opportunity to give back by supporting local schools and community projects around Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities. This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate. Volunteers support the work of the FutureSense Foundation overseas. The foundation was established with the aim of making a real and sustainable difference to underprivileged communities around the world. By supporting the FutureSense Foundation today, you are supporting the development of stronger communities for tomorrow.
A stunning 5 day trek offering breathtaking views – you won’t want to put your camera away! Trek along the Salkantay route, which offers a spectacular alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Supported by horses and camp crew, you will be taken off the beaten trail and away from the crowds, as you traverse breathtaking mountain passes and remote villages. The trek reaches an altitude of 4,600m so you will need to be physically fit to take on this challenge. On the fifth day you reach the lost city of Machu Picchu itself, with sights that are guaranteed to leave you spellbound.
Return to either the Sacred Valley or Cusco where you will get the chance to recover and take in the experience of the trek. You will then have free time to enjoy your remaining time in Peru. You will have a farewell meal with your new friends and then we will transfer you from your hotel to the airport in good time for your return flight. Alternatively, you could take part in our overland tour and make it a true Peruvian Adventure!
Days 21-28 Optional Extension Week Tour
Extend your trip and take part in a 8 day tour of Peru for just $900
Experience all that Peru has to offer by joining the exhilarating 1 week extension trip! You will get to experience almost every perspective of Peru, which is really a much more diverse and beautiful country than people expect. This week will take you on a jam packed, fun filled adventure, giving you the opportunity to be a part of a variety of activities and completely unique environments that all give a completely different scope of Peru! See cities, lakes, desert, beach towns, ruins and much more on this unique week of travel. Visit Puno, the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, “The White City” Arequipa, the sand boarding village of Huacachina, the beautiful seaside town of Paracas and the capital city of Peru – Lima.
Below you will find our current dates and availability for the Challenge. If you have any other dates in mind, or you have seen another date advertised then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
31st Oct- 21st Nov 2015 (28th of Nov with extension)