Camp Peru Community, Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu 1 Month
Experience the Peruvian way of life at our stunning Camp Titicaca – rural and rustic, with jaw-dropping views. During your month in Peru you’ll be living on the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca.
Many people live below the poverty line in the rural highlands, so you’ll work on improving primary school and community facilities. Build greenhouses, plant seeds and saplings, and carry out workshops on healthy eating for the local children. You’ll also get the chance to visit the man made floating islands of Uros, a vibrant community living on islands made purely of reeds, and trek to the world famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu – an unmissable bucket-list adventure. The vibrant bustling cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to the markets to pick up some Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. You will make a measurable impact on the communities you meet in Peru, their warmth and cultural heritage will stay with you long after you return 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
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
Welcome to Peru!
You will arrive into the ancient beautiful white 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 will have a couple of days to relax, acclimatise to the altitude and explore the bustling city. Arequipa has some great bars and restaurants and is a very popular stop for backpackers from around the globe.
Travel to Camp Titicaca
Today we hit the road and head to our stunning Camp Titicaca! You’ll be welcomed by the camp manager here who will give you a project orientation before settling into your new home for the next few weeks.
Over the next few days you’ll get stuck into project work. 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.
R&R in Puno
Spend the weekend relaxing in the local city of Puno with your teammates.
Back to projects
Back to projects at Camp Titicaca
Urose floating islands
Boat trip day taking in the amazing man made Uros floating reed islands and lunch on Taquille.
Back to Camp Titicaca
Spend your final week with the community finishing your work on the projects in the local area.
Chill out in Cusco
Today we embark on the 8-hour journey to Cusco. Your visit to this amazing city will give you the chance to try some of Peru’s fantastic culinary offerings.
Machu Picchu Trek
Tick this amazing adventure off your bucket list.
Back to Cusco
Enjoy your final couple of days in Cusco, where you’ll have the chance to chill out and grab some souvenirs from the colourful markets.
We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Cusco Airport, a few hours before your departure.
This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.