June 28 - July 14 2017
Jun 28 - July 14
Welcome to the emerald land where you'll find never-ending adventure and exploration. Experience the unparalleled mystique of Peru, a country with one of the richest ancient histories in the world. From its archeological marvels to its diversity of natural landscapes, the mystical world of Peru is unlike anything you have ever seen. Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and more. Combine this with the vibrant and friendly Peruvian people for a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Day 1: Los Angeles to Cusco
Meet at LAX and depart on the group flight to Cusco with your Unearthed Leader. Upon arrival the team will transfer to their accommodation for a program orientation.
Day 2: Cusco Orientation
Cusco, located at 3,400m, was once the capital of the Incan Empire and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a beautiful city, with cobbled streets set around an impressive central square known as the Plaza De Armas. The team will spend the day exploring Cusco.
Day 3 to 7: Community Project
This morning the team will be met by our in-country partner in Cusco and transferred to their community project in Miski Uno. This community is located approximately 40 minutes from Cusco and is home to over 90 families. Their main livelihood is agriculture. The community houses are poorly equipped lacking basic amenities. Despite the challenges, the community is made up of positive, happy people. The team will be given an orientation of the community and project work and will then begin work in the afternoon.
The team project will include constructing a greenhouse, which extends the growing season from a few months to year round, so that the local people can grow nutritious vegetables and allows them to grow flowers which can be sold at the local market to earn an income.
Day 8 to 11: Ancient Footsteps
Today the team will transfer to Las Chulpas Eco Lodge to meet the trekking guides and prepare for a wilderness adventure among the Andes Mountains. Relax during the afternoon and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the eco lodge.
Trekking will commence from Pumahuanca Valley (3,000m) going gradually upwards towards the Pacchaspata Community where they will have their first break for lunch in a beautiful spot below the peaks and waterfalls (Pacchaspata means waterfalls). After lunch, the team will walk up to the first camp site in Cuyoc at 4,000m. This camp is located just before the first pass, next to the Qeuna Forest, made of native trees that grow at high altitude.
Day 12: Macchu Picchu
The team will catch the bus up to Machu Picchu and once inside, will spend the morning exploring this famous site. Built in the 15th Century, but later abandoned, this Incan Citadel is an impressive structure, surrounded by the majestic Andes. Late morning the team will return to Aguas Calientes in order to catch their train on Vistadome 204 at 13.37 to arrive into Ollyantaytambo at 15.37 The team to organise transport to Cusco
Day 12-13: Cusco
Day 14: Cusco to Puno
Today the team will head to Puno on local transport. The journey will take approximately 8 hours. Puno is a city located on the shore of Lake Titicaca and is the gateway for excursions and adventures on the lake.
Day 15: Lake Titicaca
Today the team will explore Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3,800m. The views across the lake with the Andes in the backdrop are spectacular. The team will spend the day visiting the Floating Islands or Isla Taquille.
Day 14: Puno to Arequipa
Today the team will travel from Puno to Arequipa. Arequipa is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, thermal springs, desert and deep canyons.
Day 15: Arequipa
The team is free to explore and sightsee in Arequipa for the day. They may choose to visit Museo Santuarios Andinos, Monasterio De Santa Catalina and enjoy the impressive views to the Volano El Misti. The team are to arrange accommodation on arrival and transport for Nazca the following day.
Day 15: Arequipa to Nazca
Today he team will travel from Arequipa to Nazca.
Day 15: Nazca
"I loved the experiences we had and the things we did, but it was the people who I did it with that amplified all of that ten-fold."
Jack Saunders, Peru Expedition