Camp Peru Titicaca 1 Month
Based on the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, you’ll be living and working alongside rural Peruvian communities. Work on projects focused on improving their standard of living; we listen to what the community feel is needed to ensure maximum benefit for them. Get stuck into improving the primary school facilities. Malnutrition is an issue in the local community, you’ll work building greenhouses, planting seeds and saplings and running educational workshops. The 4 day trek to Machu Picchu is a real once in a lifetime adventure. You’ll trek the Salkantay Trail to the amazing World Heritage Site. There’s also a visit the man made floating islands of Uros, a vibrant community living on islands made purely of reeds. The bustling and culture filled cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to a market to stock up on Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. Your month in Peru will be packed full of rewarding project work and plenty of adventure. You’ll make a real impact on the community and won’t want to leave your new lakeside home.
The impact you will make
School Improvement (Titicaca)
The communities surrounding Lake Titicaca remain some of the poorest in Peru. The remoteness and inaccessibility of this region means that there is little or no help available from surrounding regions. You’ll help by continuing to build community facilities and a classroom for the villagers as well as restoring the school greenhouse.
- Laying foundations
- Mixing cement
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
What people say
Camp Titicaca arguably offers the most spectacular views of any camp. Located on the shore of lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake (3,800m above sea level), you’ll be rewarded with gobsmacking views of the lake and surrounding mountains from your accommodation the minute you wake up!
The camp itself is situated in the heart of this small and charming lakeside community where you’ll get the privileged opportunity to spend time with the Aymara people – one of the world’s most ancient civilisations – and learn about their extraordinary way of life.
Location: 380 km (7 hours drive) from Cusco/Arequipa Airport
Accommodation: Brick & adobe buildings with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, warm bucket showers & basins
Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug
Phone Signal: Yes
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, omelette for breakfast; fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Chicharron de trucha – Lake trout, battered & fried
If you’re feeling brave: Try algae from the lake!
Social: Chill out spaces with wood burning stove, camp fire, volleyball court, lake beach
One of our awesome Camp Leaders in Peru, Percy will have you raring to get stuck into project work and encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. He’s a great character to have around, always making people smile. You’ll certainly be sad to say your goodbyes!
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Welcome to Peru!
You arrive into the beautiful city of Arequipa, where you will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city. You have a couple of days to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa.
Today we hit the road and head to our stunning Camp Titicaca! The journey is between 5-6 hours and we recommend a good iPod playlist to accompany the incredible journey views. We are working on a number of community initiatives at Camp Titicaca including primary school development, a greenhouse initiative to promote nutrition and food security and ICT lessons for school children and other members of the community.
Today is a rest day and we will take you to explore the island community of Isla Taquille and the fascinating man made islands of Uros.
Back to project work at Camp Titicaca.
You will say your goodbyes at Titicaca this morning before we get back on the bus and head to the beautiful city of Cusco. The next day will be spent getting ready for Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu trek
You are about to embark on a challenging, yet incredible 5-day journey. The evening of the fourth day of your trek is spent in a hostel in the small town of Aguas Calientes, where there are bars to get a well deserved celebratory drink. We will leave early the following day to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu, which is truly breathtaking and definitely worth all the hard work.
Today we will head back to Cusco and you can get some last minute souvenir shopping in before a farewell meal with your group in the evening.
Your Camp Peru adventure ends today! We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.