Your flight into Cusco gives you a bird’s eye view of Peru’s magnificent landscape, from soaring snow-capped peaks to expansive valleys. This capital of the Incan World is a city steeped in history where two worlds collide, that of modern day Peru and of the once-powerful Incas. As we acclimate to the altitude, we explore cobblestone streets, colonial cathedrals, the Cusco Planetarium, the historic Plaza de Armas and the bustling Mercado Central. Delve into the history of community service in Peru, and better understand how your visit will impact and support local communities. Listen to indigenous musicians play traditional music on instruments made from reeds and wood. Give your Spanish a try, negotiating for local goods with the indigenous Quechua and exploring the colorful market villages of Cusco.
After a beautiful drive through the Andes Mountains, set off on a challenging, yet extremely rewarding, high-Andes trek. With the support of local guides and donkeys, carry a small day bag and enjoy the views. Traverse the mountains, past small villages and into the cloud forests. Nights are spent under the stars at camp and playing campfire games in Spanish.
Take a day in Cusco to celebrate a successful hike with a horseback riding excursion and a night in a charming Cusco hotel. Next, head to a small town in the Chincheros District of the Sacred Valley, the perfect destination for practicing your Spanish with friendly locals as you support them in their development goals through volunteer work. Lined with charming roadside stands of local goods and warm, welcoming people, an authentically Peruvian town of only a hundred residents will be your home. Work alongside members of the community on projects most often designed and directed by the locals themselves. Converse in Spanish to learn how the projects affect livelihoods and the future of the community, and begin to understand the components of sustainable service. After wrapping up your service projects, take part in a closing ceremony with members of the community and say goodbye to your new friends.
One of the highlights of your Peruvian journey is visiting Machu Picchu, the world’s most awe-inspiring archaeological site. Wander alongside a local expert as you explore the ruins of temples, fountains and terraces built into a staggering mountainous landscape. Climb up Huayna Picchu to gaze back at “The Lost City of the Incas”. The panorama will leave you speechless. After soaking in the experience, say goodbye to your new Broadreach friends as you reflect on all you’ve learned and experienced in this exciting country.