10 days
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Taquile Island – Estimated 8 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
From ancient Inca cities to Lima’s sprawling landscape, and from lush Amazonian jungles to the snow-capped Andes, Peru’s culture and countryside offer no shortage of diversity. Take a journey into the southern region of Peru, where you’ll explore archeological treasures like Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Then, venture south to one of the highest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca, where you’ll be in the indigenous cultures of villages surrounding the scenic lake. Working together with locals, you’ll participate in meaningful service projects focused on eco-tourism, community development and cultural immersion.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Cultural Immersion and Diversity
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LIMA
Meet your Field Director at the airport.

DAY 2: THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Board your flight to Cuzco. 
  • Take a walking tour of Cuzco.
  • Tour the home and studio of famed ceramicist, Pablo Seminario, and watch a live pottery demonstration.
 
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU
Travel by train to Aguas Calientes. 
  • Explore the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, with your local guide.
  • Take an afternoon hike to the Sun Gate or explore the site in groups.
 
DAY 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO AND CUZCO
Travel by train to Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site. 
  • Take a tour of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the famous Pisac Market, known for its local crafts and meet craftsman for a silver workshop.
 
DAY 5: TRANSFER TO PUNO
Travel by bus on a full day’s journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca where you’ll serve. Enjoy scenic views of the beautiful countryside. 

DAYS 6-7: SERVICE PROJECT — LAKE TITICACA COMMUNITY
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Visit Uros Floating Islands.
  • Begin your eco-focused and community development projects in a nearby community.
  • Evenings are a chance to draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 8: LAKE TITICACA
Visit a secluded section of Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island. 
  • Stop by a traditional house where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques.
  • Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon.
  • Transfer back to Puno.
 
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO LIMA, INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

DAY 10: ARRIVE HOME

Interested in learning more about this tour?
Your Service Project Themes
We work with local non-profits to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Cultural Immersion and Diversity
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LIMA
Meet your Field Director at the airport.

DAY 2: THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Board your flight to Cuzco. 
  • Take a walking tour of Cuzco.
  • Tour the home and studio of famed ceramicist, Pablo Seminario, and watch a live pottery demonstration.
 
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU
Travel by train to Aguas Calientes. 
  • Explore the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, with your local guide.
  • Take an afternoon hike to the Sun Gate or explore the site in groups.
 
DAY 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO AND CUZCO
Travel by train to Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site. 
  • Take a tour of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit the famous Pisac Market, known for its local crafts and meet craftsman for a silver workshop.
 
DAY 5: TRANSFER TO PUNO
Travel by bus on a full day’s journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca where you’ll serve. Enjoy scenic views of the beautiful countryside. 

DAYS 6-7: SERVICE PROJECT — LAKE TITICACA COMMUNITY
As communities evolve so do their needs. That’s why we work closely with non-profits to better understand the local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like. 
  • Visit Uros Floating Islands.
  • Begin your eco-focused and community development projects in a nearby community.
  • Evenings are a chance to draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 8: LAKE TITICACA
Visit a secluded section of Taquile Island and walk along old pre-Inca pathways for beautiful views of the island. 
  • Stop by a traditional house where locals will offer interpretations of their textile art and techniques.
  • Take a kayak adventure along the coast of Llachon.
  • Transfer back to Puno.
 
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO LIMA, INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

DAY 10: ARRIVE HOME

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Enjoy a 8-night stay in accommodations with private bathrooms.

  • Regional Meals

    Daily breakfast and dinner with lunch served days 2, 4-8.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 8 Service Hours

    Earn up to 8 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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