“No matter how great an opportunity you are presented with, the greatness means nothing if you don’t take that first step. Don’t wait for someone to take a chance for you, Moondance taught me that.”
Margaret Spencer – Columbus, GA
You will have the opportunity to see Peru in all its wonder and beauty as you immerse yourself in the culture of the descendants of the Incas. Travel back in time as you make your way by foot to the Lost City of the Incas on the same trail 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.
WHITEWATER RAFTING – APURIMAC RIVER
Grab a paddle to run one of the most amazing whitewater rafting rivers in the world (literally). The Apurimac River is a direct source of the Amazon, and one of the longest rivers in the world. You’ll paddle class III and IV rapids through narrow stretches and high rising canyon walls. Each night of rafting, you’ll sleep on isolated beaches, count the shooting stars of the southern hemisphere, and mentally prepare for another day on the river.
CULTURAL IMMERSION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
We’ll spend five days in a Peruvian mountain town where we’ll work, play and dine with local families. Through your interaction with the locals, you will have the incredible opportunity to experience Peruvian culture firsthand. You’ll be able to practice your language skills by taking Spanish classes and work side-by-side with the people of the Ccorca village. You may even master some new Quechua phrases as well. Projects may include building and repairing their community center, painting the local school or repairing the homes of the community. After working hard, you will take the chance to play hard as you take a break to enjoy the views of the beautiful country from one the longest ziplines in Peru.
BACKPACKING TO MACHU PICCHU
One of the most beautiful and pristine routes to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay route will take you through mountain valleys and around the majestic peaks of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After hiking up and down winding mountain passes, you will end your journey in the sacred Incan city of Machu Picchu. You and group will travel along the ancient Incan footpaths that once served as a means of security and communication throughout the Empire. You will reach altitudes of nearly 15,000 feet passing tiny, mountain villages along the trail. Be prepared to discover an ancient city, an archeologically and artistically unbelievable feat that’s embedded in the lush mountains of a cloud forest.
SEA KAYAK, CULTURAL IMMERSION – LAKE TITICACA
As you travel south into a small village on the southern tip of Taquile Island you’ll meet with your sea kayaking instructors at a rural lodge to discuss your upcoming adventure. After a good night’s rest and a day of exploring the culture of this remote town, you will discover the cool waters of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, as you paddle 12,507 feet above sea level. Take in the wonders of the floating reed islands and the unique culture of the people who reside in the middle of the beautiful glacial lake of the Andes.