not sure if we'd do the puno part of this tour again. and not sure about the living arrangements at luquina. not too safe
whatsup / Adult traveler page az / Posted on June 13, 2016
I had such an amazing time on this trip! The local tour guide was simply awesome and he seemed to love showing us everything about his country.
I thoroughly enjoyed each and every experience. Staying with the people of Luquina was a highlight for me. All the work we put in those two days was worth it when you saw just how grateful they were for our help. I'm especially grateful to them for opening up their homes and showing us some of their culture, be it food or dance.
Machu Picchu was amazing and the view from the Sun Gate made the hike worth it. I would recommend this trip to anyone. As somebody who's starting college in the fall semester following this trip, I felt like this trip was one of the best things I could've ever done for myself.
Student4 / Student traveler Gainesville,FL / Posted on July 24, 2015
Unique and Authentic Unforgettable Experience!
EF did a wonderful job with this service learning project in maintainlng a perfect balance between authentic cultural experience with the community and educational tourism. The service project was very rewarding and my students lives are forever changed! The daily "observation" meetings were where all of my hard work was validated. I had many "chicken skln" and "teary eyed" teacher moments hearing the students share their wonderful experiences and new found worldly perspectives. Some of the best highlights of the trip are: mototaxing down to Lake Titicaca and then boating out to the islands of Uros. Kayaking on Lake Titicaca and hiking on Taquile island werealso awesome. * Please note that the "12 hour journey" described in the package is not as daunting as it seems. Our journey (including several pit stops) only totaled 7 hours. I highly recommend any teacher to lead a group on this very tour!
/ Group leader Makakilo, Hawaii / Posted on June 29, 2015
Fantastic, Authentic Experience!
The recent service learning tour to Peru that my students, parents, and I participated on was fantastic. Everyone got a first hand chance to experience the culture by working and living with the locals. We were able to learn so much in such a short period of time. Our tour guide for the entire trip was also phenomenal, helping making the entire experience one we will never forget :)
/ Group leader Warren, PA / Posted on June 29, 2015
Every Detail Planned
This trip was very well planned. Every detail was given the needed attention. All local guides were full of information specific to the tour. We never had to wait for any tour, reservation or experience. Our guide kept in constant contact with our next stop, the result was people meeting us at each location. Water was always provided. Our EF guide was attentive to our every need
parainforest / Adult traveler Posted on June 28, 2015
Opportunity of a Lifetime
The highlight of my trip was spending my time in Laquina, not the sight seeing of Machu Picchu or the hiking in Ollantaytambo but working with the community. Although the other things were amazing and breathtaking, there was just something special about sitting down at dinnertime and talking with my family and having laughs about my Spanish mistakes or playing soccer with the local boys after a hard day at work. As a students perspective this trip is definitely a highlight of my high school career. It has changed my perspective about the things that I take for granted daily in the U.S and I am forever grateful for these memories and moments I was able to have in Peru. For all you future students who are thinking about going, Don't think too much and just GO. You'll experience something that is hard to put into words and you won't regret it.
Student17 / Student traveler Mililani, Hawaii / Posted on June 26, 2015
Breathtaking and Heart Capturing Experience
The overall experience was AMAZING! Life changing and left me longing to go back and do more for the people I fell in love with on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the remote village of Laquina.
Our local tour guide who stayed with us throughout the trip, was simply PERFECT! He watched over us, shared all his knowledge of the sites, community and people with us. He was always eager to answer our questions and joined in our laughter and adventure of his BEAUTIFUL homeland. He treated us like family and cared about our every need. You could see the joy flow from him as he shared every aspect of his beautiful country.
I was extremely excited about this adventure knowing that we would see the breathtaking site of Machu Pichu, but in the end my heart was more than overwhelmed and captured by the PEOPLE of Peru and especially the community of Laquina, where we did our service work.
Living in the families homes was life changing. They treated us like family we ate with them and laughed with them and cried when we hugged good-bye. We worked so hard to overcome the language barrier with lots of smiles and hugs. The local food was prepared with love and was more than delicious. Playing soccer with them and dancing with them was icing on the cake. The days we spent working with them to build their road was more that worth it, I only wish we could have spent more days giving back to the precious people of Laquina.
This trip has left me forever changed and longing to go back to help finish the road for the people of Laquina.
Mama47 / Adult traveler Mililani, Hawaii / Posted on June 26, 2015
A trip to remember
This trip was simply amazing! We had an amazing tour guide. We wasted no time, we were always on the move, learning new things about Peru. The money spent to go on this trip was certainly worth it. Meeting the other travelers and experiencing the culture in Peru, I will never forget!
Student9 / Student traveler Posted on June 24, 2015
Life changing experience!
This tour exceeded all expectations. Visiting all the Incan ruins were not only educational, but incredibly intriguing, beautiful, and inspiring. The community service project at Luquina peninsula left me feeling as if I was actually making a difference in the community. The local company we worked with dedicates itself to providing only what the community asks for and wants. The home stays with families provided an amazing opportunity to understand how the families live on a personal level and the differences and similarities between our cultures. All of the food provided throughout the trip was delicious and gave us a taste of true Peruvian cuisine. The hotels were as expected with most of them including hot showers and wifi. The tour director was incredible. He was full of knowledge, charm, and passion for his job. If you have the opportunity to take this tour/ service project, it is well worth it!
live2travel / Group leader Gainesville, FL / Posted on June 24, 2015
completely disorganized tour. despite being told all meals included, lunches were not. kids ran out of money. all kids sick. no water available in high altitudes. just awful.