Day 1 :
Fly to Peru
- Arrive in Lima:
Fly across the equator en route to Peru's bustling capital of Lima. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Director and begin exploring.
Day 2 :
- Discover the 'City of Kings':
Join a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the "City of Kings." Note the colonial influence apparent throughout the city, as you see the Lima Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, the church of San Francisco, and the Presidential Palace.
- Larco Museum:
Visit the Larco Museum, with its private collection of over 45,000 pieces of craftsmanship, showcasing 4,000 years of Peruvian history.
Day 3 :
- Fly to Cuzco:
This morning, fly to Cuzco, the historic capital and heart of the Inca Empire. Take in the sights of the city and surrounding areas, including the Korikancha temple, the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, and the Inca baths of Tampu Machay.
- LEAP Pago a la Tierra:
LEAP Activity | Pago a la Tierra
Discover ancient Incan rituals in one of the oldest traditions in the Andean World. With the help of Paqo, a wise man, participants ‘pay’ Mother Earth for everything she provides by gathering up and offering her a package filled with earthly gifts. The goddess is whimsical and the purpose of this ritual is to please her.
Day 4 :
- Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo:
Continue your journey along the Inca Trail with an excursion to the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the valley of the Urubamba. Explore the fortress of Ollantay. Named for the Inca chieftain who once ruled the area, it was the only site in the Americas to successfully withstand the Spanish invasion!
- LEAP Peruvian School Visit:
LEAP Activity | Peruvian School Visit
Visit a Peruvian school to meet the students, learn about their culture, and discover the differences between the schools in Peru and the schools back home.
Day 5 :
- Explore Machu Picchu:
Board a train and travel through the Sacred Valley for a full-day excursion to Peru’s most famous destination, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Set on a mountaintop, deep in the jungle, Machu Picchu remained unknown to the outside world until 1911. Take a walking tour of the "Sacred City" with your local guide and enjoy the spectacular views.
- Return to Cuzco:
Day 6 :
- Discover Puerto Maldonado:
Travel to the town of Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon basin, the biodiversity capital of the world. Keep a lookout for local wildlife as you travel by motorized canoe into the jungle.
- Jungle Walk:
Join your local guide for an interpretive jungle walk before getting settled for the night at your Eco-lodge.
Day 7 :
- Visit an Oxbow Lake:
These jungle lakes serve as sanctuaries for a huge variety of animals, including dozens of bird species and fish. See parrots of all kinds, including the magnificent macaw.
Day 8 :
Depart from Lima OR Extend your Stay
- Return to Lima:
Journey out of the jungle and fly back to Lima.
- Return to the United States:
This evening depart on an overnight flight to the United States. Or, opt to extend your stay in Peru.
Extend your stay | Ecological Reserve Volunteer
Extend your stay in Peru by working as a volunteer on an ecological reserve. You’ll research and monitor wildlife, take inventory of vegetation, and get involved in conservation and development projects. Accommodations and all meals are included on this five-day extension.
Day 9 :
- Arrive Home in the United States: