The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. A biosphere reserve. Snowy mountain peaks. A lively river for rafting and natural hot springs for soaking. With these fascinations and more, Peru promises an endless range of pace and scenery. The Road Less Traveled knows the way.
Home to the Andes, Pacific Coastline, and the Amazon rainforest, Peru is populated with 21,462 different species of plants and animals (at last count). Different climate regions make for a variety of breath-taking vistas, and we sample it all. Boredom is not an option.
Peru’s colorful culture today honors the ancient Inca of South America. But there’s much more to it. The food, for example, blends Spanish and American influences with local ethnic touches. How does lime-marinated seafood ceviche sound? We learn unique local cooking techniques, so come hungry!
Come ready to serve, too. We assist a community with the maintenance of its water source. The project will help improve the health of a vulnerable population.
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learn more about the road less traveled teen community service and cultural immersion trip peru: pachamama
13 years! We've been exploring the beautiful Andes and making life-long connections with the communities in Peru since 2004.
Named among Travel and Leisure’s top destinations to visit in 2017, Peru’s distinct and enchanting topography makes it an adventure mecca and ecological paradise. Descending into the Sacred Valley, we begin our journey with a rafting trip down the Urubamba River. Traveling alongside snowcapped peaks and rolling terraced hills, we whitewater raft past eucalyptus trees, beautiful flowers, and enjoy unparalleled views of Incan ruins perched high on the hilltops. Transitioning into the hiking portion of our trip, we trek from Huacahuasi to Challhuacocha, passing organic potato farms and exchanging stories with local farmers along the journey. At the height of our Journey (Melo Pass) 13,694ft, we pause to reflect on the snowcapped Vilcanota mountain range, before descending to our camp at Challhuacocha. Sleeping beneath the stars, and alongside our llama and alpaca companions, we experience the ultimate Andean adventure.
Working in the picturesque, agricultural village of Pallata, we join forces with local community members to construct and maintain the waterpipe that provides clean water to nearby homes. In the afternoons, we teach English, play futbol, practice our Spanish skills, help out on local farms, learn ancient folktales from local children, and adventure through the remarkable Andean countryside.
With each subsequent event, you continue to reinforce my opinion that you are the finest child care professionals I have ever come across," Robert M., Pachamama Alumni Parent
One night I was sitting on a cliff in a small village in Peru. It was my first experience of nature in its most pure form, untouched, with no scars from technology on the landscape. I was overcome with a total sense of peace within myself. But I felt whole and complete. I left with a feeling of self-accomplishment, appreciation for all the smaller things such as running water and just a better sense of who I am, who I want to be, and what makes me click," Tori D., Pachamama Alum
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The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To explore ancient cities and colorful markets
To admire the Andes
To be impressed by the advanced culture of the Incans’ Machu Picchu
To camp along the rolling terraced hills
To live and work with indigenous farm families and learn about their cultures
To practice and improve your Spanish
To teach English and play games with local kids. Anyone up for some fútbol?
To construct and maintain a community water pipe to provide clean water
Herd llamas and alpacas and practice culinary skills to create local specialties
Take a boat ride surrounded by intense Amazonian wildlife sights and sounds – parrots, monkeys, and more
We invite you to start your journey to Peru today.