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ACIS - Andes Adventures Homestay and Service - Educational tour to Peru

Explore the Andean region of Peru and experience its traditional culture during a service project with the families of a local indigenous community.

DAY 1: Lima

Depart from the USA. Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2: Lima

In the morning enjoy free time to begin to explore this fascinating city’s plazas and side streets. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Lima, which was established by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Highlights include the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Lima in Plaza Mayor and the San Francisco Convent, a fine example of Spanish Baroque architecture.

DAY 3: Cuzco

Board a flight to Cuzco, which served as the capital of the Incan empire centuries ago. After transferring to your hotel, a tour of the city shows you the dramatic colonial Cathedral and the Qorikancha, which stands on the site of the ancient Incan Temple of the Sun. After Spaniards destroyed it, they built a church that incorporated the foundation and some of the temple’s original stonework. Later enjoy dinner and entertainment at a local restaurant.

DAY 4: Andean Community Homestay

In the morning, you’ll travel to either the Amaru or Huchuyqosqo Andean community, which still preserves the ways of an ancient, pre-Incan society. After a welcome featuring music and flowers, your immersion into daily Andean life begins with a cooking lesson. You’ll learn about basic ingredients common to Andean cooking, then prepare some traditional Andean Peruvian dishes and sample the results at a community lunch. In the afternoon, experience another aspect of the local culture during a Peruvian weaving workshop. During a demonstration of traditional weaving techniques, you’ll learn about the distinctly bright colors and symbols used in Peruvian textiles. Tonight you will have dinner with your host family and enjoy homestay lodging.

DAY 5: Andean Community Homestay

Today you will begin your community service project within an Indigenous Andean community. Specific activities will vary depending on the needs that arise as you learn more about this small enclave that relies on agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture to survive. One likely project is building a greenhouse. It’s difficult to grow crops at the high altitude here, so greenhouses are an important tool in combating malnutrition and advancing food sovereignty in the region.

DAY 6: Andean Community Homestay

Today you’ll spend another full day interacting with local families and participating in activities related to your community project. In addition to providing assistance, the project is designed to be a deep cultural experience that will highlight the economic activities, daily life and beliefs of the local community members.

DAY 7: Aguas Calientes

This morning say goodbye to your host family and board a train to Aguas Calientes, a resort town that serves as a gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

DAY 8: Cuzco

In the morning visit the jaw-dropping Machu Picchu site, where you’ll take a guided tour of this mysteriously abandoned city, located high atop a mountain ridge. Then return to Aguas Calientes to take a train back to Cuzco.

DAY 9: Overnight Flight

Today board your flight to Lima, where you will make a connection and depart for the USA.

DAY 10: United States

Arrive in the USA.

Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the history and culture of Peru with an extra night in Lima, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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  • Live like a local while staying with residents in their family home
  • Enjoy home cooked authentic meals with your host family
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  • Food becomes part of the experience with a cooking lesson
  • Discover Qorikancha, the most important temple in the Inca Empire
  • Get hands-on with another aspect of the local culture during a Peruvian weaving workshop



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Moray, Incas ruins in the peruvian Andes at Cuzco Peru

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  • Students will gain a sense for religious life in Peru during Spanish colonial times while viewing and touring the convents, churches, and catacombs of Lima.
  • Students will become familiar with many aspects of Peruvian culture such as cooking, music and dance.
  • Students will understand the significance of Machu Picchu to the ancient Incans and will learn the theories of its abandonment.



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