Walking Tree Travelhttp://www.walkingtree.org
PO Box 18636 Denver, CO 80218 United States
Peru: Arequipa, Lima and 2 other cities
Immense, rugged, colorful, vibrant and mystic. No one word or idea can symbolize a land so diverse in geography, culture and history. Perú is the destination for adventure. Whether viewing a condor soar over the deepest canyon in the world, the sun rising above Lake Titicaca, live salsa music in Lima, wheat swaying in the shadow of the mighty Andes, or a rainbow forming above the ruins at Machu Picchu, Peruú will take your breath away. The contrasts of Perú permeate every part of the country. Despite its beauty, there are large discrepancies among socioeconomic classes and wide differences in standards of living throughout the country. There is need for help and aid in the wake of a divisive colonial legacy, natural disasters and decades of uneven development. Walking Tree invites you spend a portion of your summer with us in Peru, exploring and sharing in meaningful service and unforgettable adventure.
Our adventure begins when we land in the capital city of Lima. A large, vibrant metropolis, Lima has everything from glitzy seaside resorts to decrepit shantytowns. During our first full day, the group will take Latin dance lessons and a walking tour of central Lima. We will gather at the top of Cerro San Cristobal to see the city unfold in front of us and talk about the differences in wealth and prosperity among Limeños, as the residents are called. On our second day in the city, the group will visit CIMA, a home for abandoned youth, where the residents work in small vocational workshops after school hours. Our students will work with the local youth, making friends and lending a hand.
Arequipa and the Colca Canyon:
From Lima, our group will fly south to Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Surrounded by three stunning volcanoes and constructed almost entirely out of a brilliant white volcanic stone, Arequipa is simply enchanting. We will spend a day touring the impressive city center and colonial neighborhoods that date to hundreds of years ago, visit a must-see museum dedicated to a recently discovered Incan mummy, and admire towering cathedrals. The following day we will take an overnight trip to visit the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest. The group will spend time hiking and taking pictures of the enormous Andean Condors that soar above the unending depth of the canyon.
From one extreme to another, we will travel to the world's highest navigable lake, which forms the border between Perú and Bolivia. Students will travel across the Peruvian Altiplano, or high plains, to reach the shores of the lake. We will visit the famous floating islands of the Uros tribe before arriving at Taquile, a remote island where students will learn about unique customs and enjoy sweeping views of the lake.
Cusco, Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley:
We will spend the majority of the next two weeks living in Ollantaytambo, the best preserved Incan city in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Students will live with local families and will spend their days working with the community on a variety of service projects to be determined in conjunction with the community's needs. We will also take a few days to explore local markets, mountain bike around Incan ruins, and enjoy the valley's beauty. At the end of our time in the Sacred Valley, we will spend a couple of nights in the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, touring the city and marveling at the history of the region.
One of the seven man-made wonders of the world, the name Machu Picchu conjures images of misty peaks and impossible ingenuity. We will take a guided two-day hike through cloud forests, along the banks of the Urabamba River and up to this mountain citadel, a route far less traveled than the traditional Incan Trail. Once among the ruins, we will learn about the history and importance of Machu Picchu and climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, for a time of silent reflection as our program nears its end. We will travel back to Lima from Cusco and prepare for reentry to the United States.
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To inspire young adults to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We specialize in programs for high school students that focus on linguistic immersion, cultural immersion, international community service, and include a host of other meaningful adventures.
Gabriel, Paul and Luke were not only amazing as guides for a month, but also as friends, leaders and all around people. Their leadership on this trip made me want to push myself, not only in Costa...More
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