About This Program

Peru is world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture.

We’ll begin our adventure in Cusco in the southern Andes, a startling contrast of bustling lively markets within an ancient city. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and reflects its rich history with illuminating museums, striking architecture, and Inca ruins. For the first few days we’ll acclimatize to the altitude of the Andes before exploring the region on mountain bikes.

Our volunteer projects will begin in the San Sebastian district with Helping Hands Cusco, doing construction on the preschool building, and creating enrichment and cultural exchange programs for Peruvian students.

In our free time we will see exquisite sunsets over the peaks of the Andes, explore Incan sites, experience Peruvian culture, and taste the delicious cuisine.

Then we’ll go to the town of Aguas Calientes to visit the magnificent Machu Picchu. Nestled in lush cloud forest and stone cliffs in the upper Amazon basin, Machu Picchu was once an important trade hub for the Incas, and its ornate stonework and more than 200 structures also suggest it was a place of ceremony. We’ll get to decide for ourselves what this splendid archaeological site once held for Incan civilization.

Finally, we’ll return to Cusco to absorb the incredible encounters we’ve experienced in our Peruvian adventure, and celebrate with a farewell banquet.

Included in Your Program

Cusco city tour, Sacred Valley tour, Machu Picchu hike.

 
WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Departure taxes, fees, and surcharges
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Financial and material donations to local community partners
  • Community service materials
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to our Travel Journal and Vidigami
  • Regular exercise activities
  • And much more!

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Registration fee of $195
  • Medical insurance / cancellation protection
  • Travel visas, where applicable
  • Lunch, except at select volunteer projects
  • Additional food / beverages
  • Optional Excursions

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.

Groups flights are full. Students can still register for the program however, they would be required to make independent flight arrangements.

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Sunday, March 11, 2018
American Airlines flight 2588Depart Toronto 5:59 pm
Arrive Dallas 8:42 pm
Sunday, March 11, 2018
American Airlines flight 909
Depart Dallas 10:14 pm
Arrive Lima 5:45 am, March 12
Monday, March 12, 2018
American Airlines flight 7239
Depart Lima 7:37 am
Arrive Cusco 9:02 am
Monday, March 19, 2018
American Airlines flight 7694
Depart Cusco 7:40 pm
Arrive Lima 9:10 pm
Monday, March 19, 2018
American Airlines flight 7740
Depart Lima 11:45 pm
Arrive New York, JFK 8:15 am, March 20
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
American Airlines flight 3725
Depart New York, JFK 9:30 am
Arrive Toronto 11:21 am

Please note: flight are subject to change by the airline.

Optional Excursions

Half Day Mountain Biking

Mountain BikingOne of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us for a half day biking adventure around the outskirts of Cusco. We will traverse the high plain above the city, taking in panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding mountains.

We will make our way to the Huayllarcocha lagoon through the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. If the weather is clear to the south, our highland route offers a breathtaking view of the sacred mountain Ausangate. Our route takes us past one more archeological site: Rumiwasi. Our adventure will finish in the Qarigrande neighbourhood in San Sebastián before returning to your hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.
*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

Price: $120.00
 

Zip lining

Zip LiningReach new heights with zip lining and gain a different perspective from up high!

In this afternoon excursion, students will travel outside of Cusco to the edge of the Sacred Valley where they will be greeted by their knowledgeable guides.

After a safety briefing, students will soar above the ground taking in breathtaking views of the Southern Andes. This fun and safe experience is perfect for adventurous people who want to feel like they’re flying!

** All safety gear, guides and round-trip transportation from your hotel is included.
*** Students are required to wear comfortable, secured shoes (no flip-flops). Depending on the weather, you may also wish to bring a rain jacket!

Price: $150.00
 

March 11 – March 19, 2018*

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$3,190
Tuition & Supervision$800
Total:$3,990**
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Itinerary

  • Cusco: 6 days
  • Aguas Calientes: 1 day
  • Machu Picchu:1 day

Accommodations

Cusco: Siete Ventanas Hotel

Testimonials

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*Subject to change

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $595 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.