- Explore: Machu Picchu
- Hike: the Ancient Inca Trail
- Surf: Cerro Azul
- Experience the Amazon
- Lake Titicaca Homestay
- Community Service: 35 hours
2017 Dates & Prices
21 Days: $6088.00
July 1 - July 21
July 23 - August 12
MACHU PICCHU: INCA TRAIL AND TOUR
From the colonial city of Cuzco, we spend three days tracing the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu. Our pace is moderate and our gear is transported by porters as we stop frequently at hot springs and local villages. The sense of accomplishment upon arriving at Machu Picchu, combined with breathtaking views of this ancient city, make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Hike the Lara Trail on Bold Earth’s Peru teen trip.
LAKE TITICACA: ANDEAN CULTURE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
High in the Andes, the Uru people have inhabited man-made islands crafted from reeds in the middle of Lake Titicaca. During our homestay on the islands, we build chimneys in the village’s thatched-roof huts to help with ventilation and village health. Our time on the Uros Islands offers an amazing opportunity for cultural exchange and community service. An amazing authentic experience on our Peru teen program.
AMAZON JUNGLE: COMMUNITY SERVICE AT WILDLIFE REFUGE
Surrounded by some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world, we stay at a remote eco-lodge in the Amazon Jungle! From our lodge we explore the jungle by foot and canoe as we fish for piranha and look for monkeys, sloths and toucans. In addition, we spend two days working at a local wildlife refuge, helping to rehabilitate animals to be released into the wild.
LIMA: LEARN TO SURF AND EXPLORE THE CAPITAL
Having seen the mountains and jungles of Peru, our journey continues to the beach of Cerro Azul for two days of professionally guided surf lessons. The warm water, abundant sun and perfect waves create a great surf experience for beginners and more experienced surfers. Next, we head north to Lima, Peru’s metropolitan capital. We spend the last day of Bold Earth’s Peru teen trip on a city tour seeing the beauty of colonial Lima and celebrating an amazing three weeks of adventure!
- Inca Trail: 3 Days
- Machu Picchu: 2 Days
- Lake Titicaca: Cultural Exchange
- Amazon Jungle Wildlife Refuge: 5 Days
- Learn to Surf: 2 Days
Peru has it ALL – beaches, mountains, culture, ancient, new and most importantly…. LLAMAS!!
Campers love Bold Earth’s Peru Machu Picchu trip due to the depth of programming, authentic culture and AWESOME adventure activities. Bold Earth expertly balances culture, adventure and community service.
Some INCREDIBLE Highlights:
• Explore Machu Picchu
• Surf and Beach time
• Trek the Lara Trail
• Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Refuge
• Lake Titicaca Community Service
Peru is most famous for its ancient heritage and natural wonders. Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca top many traveler’s must-see destinations. Bold Earth takes an “off-the-beaten-track” approach to visiting these destinations. We hike to Machu Picchu and do community service at Lake Titicaca – doesn’t get better than this.
While wearing alpaca sweaters, campers experience the all of Peru in an EPIC 21 day adventure. Included in the cost of tuition are two internal flights. This allows the group to move efficiently from one place to another (not wasting an ENTIRE day driving). We are proud to expertly organize our Peru Machu Picchu trip to ensure campers make the most of their 21 days in Peru.
To receive a list of Peru Machu Picchu references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 programing 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.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 40 Hours
Project #1: Amazon Conservation Project: Spend five days volunteering in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest! Living and volunteering at a Wildlife Center, campers work hands on in the rehabilitation and conservation of wild animals. Working alongside conservationists and wildlife biologists, campers help the staff to feed and take care of animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Other activities may include assisting with maintenance of an interpretive trail, construction of animal enclosures and interaction with the local community. With its emphasis on species threatened habitat loss and illegal trade, campers learn about habitat restoration and biodiversity. During our stay we may see lots of wildlife species typical of the river or forest edge such sloth, monkey, tapir, Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers.
Project #2: Cuzco School Project! Cusco is an ancient and spectacular Peruvian city located high in the Andes Mountains. As a gateway to Machu Picchu, most tourists just pass through the city. On Bold Earth, our dedication to authentic travel leads campers to a full-day service project in Cusco. Partnering with an after-school kids program, Bold Earth campers spend the day teaching English, playing soccer and planting a garden. This unique project introduces Bold Earth participants to local culture and a behind-the-scenes look into one of Peru’s most interesting cities.
Project #3: Lake Titcaca! One of the world’s highest lakes (12,000+ ft) is the location of Bold Earth’s third and final service project on Peru Machu Picchu. Traveling by boat from the shore, we travel across the vast and magical Lake Titicaca to the shores of Amantani Island. Home of the Uros People, the man-made islands are full of authentic culture and the location of our service project. Staying in the village, campers not only get to help the community but also get an authentic look into the culture of these ancient peoples. Working with a local non-profit, Bold Earth helps to install specially constructed chimneys from the mainland. After meeting with the local villagers, we spend a day working side-by-side with our host families installing the chimneys into the mud walls of their kitchens (6-8 hours). By properly ventilating their living structures, the project helps prevent respiratory disorders and allows the local people much healthier living conditions while saving fuel and reducing pollution.
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Over the last 15 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Peru Machu Picchu 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 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.
Understatement? YES! Bold Earth is an authentic experience. This is so much more than a teen tour. Bold Earth is MORE fun, MORE interesting, MORE service, MORE adventure, MORE leadership, MORE friendship and MUCH MORE authentic than a teen tour.
Campers who choose Bold Earth want to eat local food, wake up early, and get their hands dirty! With twenty years of experience in Peru, Bold Earth has scouted the coolest locations, hired the best local leaders and found the sweetest host families. Bold Earth is the REAL DEAL!
Bold Earth partners will local Peruvian communities and companies to provide students with the most authentic and hand-crafted experience possible in the area. Our adventure, service and village stays are tested and perfected with thousands of Bold Earth alumni. Please visit Peru Machu Picchu Trip Blogs to get a student perspective on Bold Earth’s Peru Machu Picchu Trip.
The climate of Peru is 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…
It is important that if you are interested in combining trips that you contact our Colorado office for more information: 303-526-0806 or email at email@example.com
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!
• 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!
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.
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 Peru.
For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day to day Peru Machu Picchu Itinerary on the website 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.
Peru Machu Picchu
Travel Made Easy!
- 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.
- 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.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
"Going to Peru with Bold Earth was the highlight of my summer. The layout of the Peru trip was outstanding, every activity was well planned out and well thought out. I had such a fun time with my group traveling around the country. Thank you so much for everything!"
"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!"