Machu Picchu, Peru
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Ecuador Peru Teen Program

Ecuador Peru

18 Days packed with the adventure and culture of Ecuador and Peru. Local culture, unforgettable views, and adrenaline filled activities will define your experience in South America.

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Ecuador, Peru

2019 Dates

June 29 - July 16
July 20 - August 6


18 days



Trip Highlights

  • Bike: In view of Cotopaxi
  • Whitewater Raft: The Amazon Jungle
  • Hike: The lush foothills of Baños
  • Explore: Machu Picchu
  • Trek: Overnight in the mountains of Peru
  • Community Service: 10 hours


*The 2019 itinerary will be finalized in December 2018.




After arriving in Quito we will travel to the Amazon Basin to kick off our 18 day adventure. Watch as the view changes from towering mountains to lush jungle, passing by waterfalls and deep river valleys. We will whitewater raft the wild Jatunyaku River surrounded by lush cloud forest.


Next, we fly to Lima and Cusco and take some time to experience the culture of Peru and explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will work with locals in a weaving co-op and pottery making community. We then set out on a three-day trek over high mountain passes. We will camp near beautiful mountain streams and take in the views of the majestic Andes mountains.


After our rafting adventure, we will travel to Banos, the adventure capital of Ecuador. There we will visit hidden waterfalls, explore Llanganates National Park and the Tunguragua Volcano while camping under the stars. Our Ecuador adventure culminates in a mountain bike tour of Cotopaxi, the second largest volcano in Ecuador.


A trip to Peru would not be complete without visiting Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. The best way to view this ancient city is to arrive at sunrise and watch as the light dances on the sparkling granite. Before our trip is over we will relax in hot springs and reflect on all that we have seen and shared.
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Why Ecuador and Peru?

Ecuador and Peru have it ALL – volcanoes, rivers, beaches, mountains, culture, ancient ruins, and most importantly…. LLAMAS!!

Campers will love Bold Earth’s Ecuador Peru trip due to the depth of programming, authentic culture and AWESOME adventure activities. This trip expertly balances adventure and cultural exploration.

Ecuador and Peru are famous for their natural wonders. From Machu Picchu to the stunning Cotopaxi National Park to the wild waters of the Jatunyaku river in the Amazon jungle, this trip has it all.

Can I speak to references?

To receive a list of references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.

Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.

We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.

What do I pack?

Over the last 15 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Peru Machu Picchu Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.

Checking Bags? Most campers will check bags on their way to Ecuador Peru. The majority of airlines DO NOT charge baggage fees for international travel.

Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.

What is the weather like?

The climates of Ecuador and Peru are both beautiful and incredibly diverse. Peru stands out as one of the more geographically diverse nations in the continent, making for three different climate zones: the tropical Amazon jungle; the arid coastal desert; and the Andean mountains and highlands. Peru’s climate overall has two main seasons – wet (winter) and dry (summer). Temperature is generally influenced by elevation – the higher you go, the cooler it becomes.

The areas Bold Earth visits will typically be in the 60°-90°F (15°-25°C). Be prepared for warm and chilly days, as well as some chilly nights. Or just follow our packing list…

Why are groups limited to 13 campers?

Small group size = SUCCESS!

Especially on a community service/adventure style trip. Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility and fun. We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success. Who wants to travel with 40 other teens on a big bus??? LAME! The communities we visit WOULD NOT permit Bold Earth to visit with such a big group. Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program.

Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership. Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two Trip Leaders will take a hands on approach for the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.

Some Facts:
• Maximum of 13 Campers
• 2 Adult Trip Leaders (one male and one female)

One of your leaders will be an experienced local Ecuadorian guide who has worked in the area for many years. Your second leader will be an American fluent in Spanish. Having local guides provides a safer, more authentic and rich experience. Local guides in addition to their local knowledge and safety expertise, assure that the Spanish content of the trip will be 100 authentic. All leadership teams absolutely include one female and one male leader, certified in Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguarding and CPR.

Do Campers Join Bold Earth Alone?

YES! Bold Earth campers are diverse, energetic, leaders and FUN! Approximately, 80% of campers join Bold Earth on their own. Bold Earth fully supports students joining on their own or with friends.

Bold Earth will not allow more than three people who know each-other in one group. We recommend you contact alumni references from this trip to ask them for feedback about the students in their group. BOLD EARTH CAMPERS ARE AMAZING!

Where Do We Stay?

• Hotels/Hostels – 17 nights
• Supported Camping – 3 nights

Peru Machu Picchu enjoys a combination of hotels/hostels (17 nights) and supported camping (3 nights). The accommodations are chosen to provide campers with a more authentic and interesting experience. No, we don’t stay at the Marriott.

Supported Camping: Really? In Peru? YES this is so awesome! Often claimed as the best part of the trip is Bold Earth’s trek to Machu Picchu. While completing the 25 mile journey, we will be camping support from guides and porters. Bold Earth provides the sleeping bags (Yes they are clean!) and campers are not required to carry more than their water and raincoat. Campers will share a tent with 2 or 3 other Bold Earth campers– a special experience and a great way of getting to know each other!

What is the food like?

The food in Peru is incredible! Like most Bold Earth international trips we eat traditional foods in casual restaurants or prepare our own breakfast and lunches. However, we will have the opportunity to really discover this incredible culture through the pallet of the locals. Bold Earth caters to all special diets including vegetarian, kosher, allergy diets, etc., and makes sure you are eating well and eating what you want. We always provide plenty of delicious and nutritious food, and you will get plenty of opportunity to do some hands on cooking!

The best part of Peruvian cuisine is that it is unique to local cultures and ingredients—including influences brought from the indigenous Inca as well as cuisines brought in with Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese and African immigrants. The food that we eat will be a reflection of the places that we visit.

The three traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes, and rice. Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat and meats. Many traditional foods—such as quinoa, kaniwa, some varieties of chili peppers and several roots and tubers have increased in popularity in recent years, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques.

Do I need a Passport & Visa?

Passport: ALL campers require a valid passport to enter Ecuador and Peru. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after end of trip.

Americans, EU and Canadians: No visa required

Other Countries: Most campers WILL NOT require a visa to visit Peru. For more information, we recommend you contact the Peruvian embassy in your home country.

What about Immunizations?

Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit on Peru Machu Picchu. Bold Earth visits well-established tourist locations. For most campers, standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Ecuador and Peru.

For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The areas we visit are reflected on the website and can be printed show to your travel clinic or family physician.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Peru specific website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, ages, seasons and types of travel.

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Travel Made Easy!

  1. Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
  2. We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
  3. Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.

Every trip has a story.

We have 40+ years of amazing travel tales to share, but our favorites are always best told by our adventurers themselves.
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"Everything about Peru was amazing. Getting to meet people from so many different places, and forming life-long friends, was awesome. Also, the things we got to see and the places we got to go were absolutely breathtaking. The people we interacted with outside the group were always so friendly. I would definitely do Bold Earth again next year!"

-Madeline C.

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