Peru Community & Machu Picchu
– Duration: 1 month –
Immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant culture of Peru on this 1 month programme. Live and work alongside local people in some of Peru’s most fascinating locations – from the rural communities surrounding the marvellous Lake Titicaca to the archaeological ruins of the Sacred Valley and the historical city of Cusco.
You’ll play an important part in projects that are designed to provide sustainable long-term support to the poorest communities in Peru, such as school development and income generation initiatives for local people.
Of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without a trip to the world-famous Machu Picchu. Trek the spectacular Salkantay route to the ancient Incan city – a bucket list experience you’ll never forget.
This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The impact that you'll make
Community Development (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 such as a restaurant for the community so that they can recieve a sustainable income from passing tourists.
Toilet Building Project (Moray)
The small rural community in Moray is extremely poor with no basic sanitation or sewerage. We are helping to construct toilet blocks in each of the houses in the village, providing families and vulnerable elderly residents with proper sanitation facilities.
Camp Moray is situated on a beautiful high plateau (3,600m) close to the world famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This unique wilderness camp gives you a true taste of what it’s like to live in the Andes, with spectacular mountain views across the valley and a real feeling of space and remoteness, allowing you utter peace and a chance to get away from it all.
Location: 50 km (2 hours drive) from Cusco Airport
Accommodation: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, warm bucket showers & basins
Power: Generator (between 06:00 – 10:00 & 16:00 – 20:00). No power sockets
Signature dish: Cuy dorado – guinea pig
Social: Large social/dining tent, camp fire, volleyball court
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 Quechua people 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
Signature dish: Chicharron de trucha – Lake trout, battered & fried
Social: Chill out spaces with wood burning stove, camp fire, volleyball court, lake beach
Day to Day
Welcome to Peru
Arrive into Juliaca airport where you will be greeted by a member of our Camps crew who will take you to nearby Puno for an overnight stay. You have some time to explore Puno, the folkloric capital of Peru, and rest after your flight.
Head to Camp Titicaca
Today we hit the road and take the 2 hour journey to our Camp Titicaca, located right on the shores of the stunning Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. After settling into your accommodation you’ll be given a brief orientation of the camp and surroundings to prepare you to start project work tomorrow.
Community project work
Spend the next few days getting stuck into projects designed to support community-based rural tourism. The area you will be working in is renowned for its spectacular views of the lake, and many tourists come to stay here. You will help the community by building a restaurant so they can receive visitors and obtain income from the increase in rural tourism.
Explore Uros floating islands
Enjoy a boat ride to the unique Uros floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca and gain an insight into the traditions and culture of the indigenous community who live here. Hike up the top of Taquile Island in time for lunch, enjoying impressive views over the lake. Spend the night camping under the stars on the shores of Lake Titicaca, in a wonderfully peaceful setting.
Continue community projects
We take the boat back to Camp Titicaca and continue with our work here for the next few days before handing the projects back to the community.
Chill out in Cusco
Today we embark on the 8-hour journey to Cusco, a fascinating city of great historical significance, once the capital of the Inca empire. Your visit will give you the chance to explore the many museums, archaeological sites, restaurants and bars it has to offer.
A 2-hour journey takes us to Camp Moray, a beautiful tented camp above the Sacred Valley with spectacular views over the countryside.
Community project work
Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. You will work with us on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children. In addition to the projects in the school, we are building a toilet for each house in the community to improve sanitation.
Hike to ancient Inca sites
Today we will take you on a guided hike to a breathtaking viewpoint above the Moray archaeological site. We will also take you to the Maras Salt Pans and you will learn about the fascinating Inca history that this area is steeped in.
Return to Cusco
Return to the beautiful city of Cusco and spend the day getting ready for your Machu Picchu trek. We will deliver a briefing to let you know exactly what to expect from your upcoming five-day adventure.
Machu Picchu Trek
Embark on your trek to the iconic Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll take the Salkantay Trek route, journeying through the spectacular Andes mountains, with breathtaking views at every turn, before arriving at Machu Picchu. You may have seen hundreds of pictures of this famous site but nothing will prepare you for the magic of seeing it in real life – and the challenging trek of the last few days will make the experience even more rewarding.
Today is your final day in Peru – say your farewells to the team before we take you back to the airport in time for your flight home.
Top up your trip
If you’d like to add in some extra adventure, we offer the opportunity to book some exciting add-ons which can be included within your trip duration or added on to the start or end of your journey. Speak to our team to find out more about how to add these awesome adventures to your programme.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.