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Travel to do good to Peru - Volunteer Vacation
Is Peru on your bucket list? Cusco and Machu Piccu await you. This beautiful destination is full of culture, beauty, excellent cuisine and history. While there you will also participate in a volunteer project. https://youtu.be/BY3_7pRHfs0 DAY 1 - LIMA Welcome to Lima. Arrive to Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport, clear Immigration and Customs. Upon exiting the Customs Hall, you will be met by our local airport representative (He/She will be holding a sign displaying your name). You will be walked to your selected hotel located inside the airport perimeter. Accommodation: Hotel Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Aeropuerto (www.costadelsolperu.com) CHECK IN 15:00 CHECK OUT 12:00 Meals included: None DAY 2 | LIMA – CUSCO-URUBAMBA Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will meet your representative at the lobby of the hotel and he/she will walk to you the airport. We will provide assistance on departure. Suggested flight to Cusco: Star Peru 1181 – Departure Lima 8:05 am / Arrive Cusco 9:15 am * Airfare not included in the package rate. You will be picked up from your hotel to start your journey towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Awanacancha, a museum committed to show the traditional methods and ancestral weaving techniques of camelid wool, practiced by the farming communities in the area. There you can watch a demonstration of textiles and textile products. Continue to the Pisac market, where the main town square is daily filled with dozens of stands that display and sell products created by the residents of the area. Find beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. If time permits it you will be transferred to the new and impressive Inkariy museum, which presents a new vision of the pre- Hispanic cultures of ancient Peru through dioramas that recreate iconic scenes composed of hyper realistic characters, reflecting the native man with the clothing and ornamentation specific to each era. After the visit, you will be taken to a local restaurant for lunch and at the end we will drive you to your selected hotel. Let us pamper you! Later this evening you will enjoy a 30-minute reflexology treatment at the hotel’s spa. The theory behind reflexology is that these reflex points relate to specific organs and glands in the body, and stimulating those points with finger pressure promotes health in those organs and glands via the body's energetic pathways. Accommodation: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (www.aranwahotels.com) CHECK IN 12:00 CHECK OUT 09:00 Meals included: Breakfast, lunch DAY 3 | URUBAMBA This morning you will take a 1-hour Yoga lesson that will include relaxing live music to improve the experience. We suggest you to have a light breakfast, wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel. The mats will be provided. Depart to the town of Maras, here you will visit Mrs. Grandonia and Mrs. Álvarez workshop. They are the renowned hatters of Maras and they run an attractive crafts shop that produces top hats. They want to share their art with the travelers who visit their town. Dare to learn this ancient Andean activity! *If time and weather permits it we will visit the impressive complex of salt mining in Maras. These are large deposits of salt that were used to trade for other products with other regions of the empire. After the tour return to your hotel. Accommodation: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (www.aranwahotels.com) Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Notes: *The salt mines of Maras can only be visited during dry season, from late April to early November. *This evening you will need to pack a small bag for your rail journey tomorrow. For all Peru rail journeys, each passenger is allowed 1 bag or backpack that must not exceed 5kg/11pounds and/or 62 inches/157cm (length + height + width). Please pack light. Baggage that exceeds these measurements will not be allowed. Your additional luggage will be taken to Cusco city and stored at your hotel; you will retrieve your luggage upon your arrival on Day 5. DAY 4 URUBAMBA- REIKI SESSION -OLLANTA- AGUAS CALIENTES This morning you will take a 50-minute Reiki session. We suggest you to have a light breakfast wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel. The practice of Reiki is the channeling of Universal or spiritual energy through the laying on of hands to harmonize body, mind and spirit. Its use may be for specific ailments or to improve the harmony within ourselves. Maximum 10 passengers per group: 2 instructors Energy Cleansing Aromas Session Meditation Crystals Alignment of chakras The groups will be scheduled with 1 hour as a rest time between sessions to allow instructors to recover and start with a new group. After this activity, we will drive you to a local restaurant for early lunch. Then, you will be transferred to the Ollantaytambo Park with a series of stops at places of interest. The town of Ollantaytambo is a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past and it has one of the most remarkable archaeological sites of the empire. Continue to the Ollantaytambo train station to board the 7:05pm Expedition train by Peru Rail to Aguas Calientes. On arrival, proceed to your hotel for check in and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Accommodation Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (www.machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com) CHECK IN 13:00 CHECK OUT 10:00 Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Hotel. DAY 5 AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHU PICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES CUSCO Early this morning we will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel and will walk you to the bus station. Take a 25-minute public shuttle-bus ride to Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas", discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu, now recognized as a member of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Once you arrive the top, you will meet your guide and enjoy a private guided tour of the fabled ruins. Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 7,900 feet above sea level between the Huayna Picchu (young peak) and Machu Picchu (old peak). It lies within the spectacular framework provided by the exuberant vegetation of nearby jungle and the rugged landscape. The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two different areas: the agricultural and the urban. The latter includes the civil sector (dwellings, canalizations), and the sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares, royal houses). Although constructions show different levels of architecture, religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection. The construction was with general use of stone, and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with ichu straw. The walls were made with an inward inclination for protection against earthquakes. Later, enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge’s restaurant. After lunch, descend by shuttle back to Aguas Calientes, and walk to the train station. Board the Vistadome Train to Ollanta Station . Upon your arrival, you are transferred by road to Cusco city. Check in at your selected hotel. Accommodation: Belmond Hotel Monasterio (http://www.belmond.com/) CHECK IN 15:00 CHECK OUT 11:00 Meals included: Breakfast, lunch DAY 6 CUSCO Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" (or "Premises of the Gilded One"), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec [masked]) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. Visit the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. You will then visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, en emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, which transportation and construction continue to be a mystery. Your guide will carry out the Coca Kintu ceremony, to ask good wishes to the Pachamama and to show gratitude for her protection during the trip. At the end, you will return to your hotel. Later you will be transferred to Tunupa Restaurat, where you will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner including a Folkloric dance show. Accommodation: Belmond Hotel Monasterio (http://www.belmond.com/) CHECK IN 15:00 CHECK OUT 11:00 Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 7 CUSCO -LIMA Breakfast at the hotel. Based on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. Suggested flight to Lima: Star Peru 1182 – Departure Cusco 12:55 am / Arrive Lima 2:15 pm* Airfare not included in the package rate. On arrival our airport representative will meet you and assist with your flight connection to the next destination. You will have access to Lima’s airport VIP Lounge (You will access the lounge 3 hours before your departure flight time). END OF SERVICES LAND PACKAGE INCLUDES: GUIDED: - All the tours will be provided with an English speaking Local Guided (Private Services) - Professional English speaking local escorts from Day 2-7. ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Lima: Wyndham Lima Airport- Standard Room - 01 Night Sacred Valley: Aranwa Valley - Deluxe Room - 02 Nights Sumaq Machu Picchu- Superior Deluxe Room – 5-star hotel instead of Inkaterra Machu Picchu, since we have a very special rate for this group :) - 01 NIght Cusco: Belmond Monasterio- Superior Room - 02 Nights MEALS: Daily breakfast at the hotels 3 Lunches or Box Lunch 2 Dinners TRANSPORT: Private airport/hotel/rail station transfers by air-conditioned motor coach TICKETS AND ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing as per itinerary with all admissions included Sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Cusco on private basis with Spanish/English speaking local guide. Cusco Tourist tax (necessary to visit Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman) 30-minute Reflexology treatment at the hotel’s Spa on Day 2 (will be split into 2 sessions) 50-min Reiki Session 1-hour Yoga lesson with live relaxing music on Day 3. Includes mat Visit Huilloc Community with Lunch Day 4 Coca Kintu ceremony to be carried out by the guide on Day 6. 2 days Machu Picchu package, services on private basis: -Transfer hotel / train station / hotel - One-way train ticket onboard the Expedition Train: Ollanta Station/Aguas Calientes – Day 04 - One-way train ticket onboard the Vistadome train: Aguas Calientes/ Ollanta Station –Day 05 - Private guided tour to Machu Picchu only on Day 5 Volunteer project for the community Access to Lima’s airport VIP Lounge: 3 Hours. 3 pax free of charge: 1 in Single Room & 2 pax in Twin Room with a minimum of 30, 40 or 50 paying NOT INCLUDED Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls). Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages during meals. Meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Early check in, late check out. Gratuities to the guides, escorts and drivers. Optional tours not mentioned on the itinerary * Price does not include domestic Peru flight (approximately $390) * International air approximately 750-$1000 *Rate subject to change until the ticket have been issued * Final rates subject to availability and fare class. RATES The prices are in USD based on rates 2018 and subject to availability at the time of booking: The rates are the same for June or October. Minimum 30 + $2899 per person Minimum 40 + $2799 per person Minimum 50 + $2759 per person Single Supplement $880 TERMS AND CONDITIONS If the suggested hotels for this program are not available at the time of confirmation, we will offer similar hotels. Koricancha Temple in Cusco does not open on Sunday mornings or religious holidays. Rates are subject to change if they fall on these Holiday period: Inti Raymi dates (from June 20th to 27th), Independence Day (July 28th and 29th), international events, Christmas and New Year. RECOMMENDATIONS Comfortable and light clothes are the most convenient choice for traveling on Peru’s coast, while warmer clothes are best for stays in the highlands. Passengers must not wear sleeveless T-shirts, shorts, miniskirts or very tight clothes when visiting temples, religious places or official buildings. Sun block lotion, sunglasses, a hat or cap and a mosquito repellent can be also very helpful during the trip. Please have in mind that check-in hour in most hotels starts at 1pm. Early-arriving guests will be subject to room availability, while waiting in the hotel lobby. RECOMMENDATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR LUGGAGE TRANSFER ABOARD THE TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU Carry the same ID card submitted to the agency, as train tickets and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu will be issued with the same information. In all train services to Machu Picchu the passenger may only carry hand luggage (backpack, purse or briefcase), with a maximum weight of 5kg / 11lb. You will find your luggage at your chosen hotel. Size allowance: 62 linear inches, 157cm (height + length + width) TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR INCA TRAIL (ONLY IF INCA TRAIL SERVICE IS APPLIED) According to the current regulations (Resolution N°[masked] - UGM- CD), access to the 4 day Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day and sold out months in advance. Between April and October, tickets are usually exhausted with 4 or 5 months in advance. Based on the Inca Trail (INC) once the Inca Trail entry is booked, no changes (of dates or person’s name) or cancellation is allowed; no refunds. MANDATORY INFORMARTION TO BOOK INCA TRAIL ENTRANCE TICKET: FULL NAME PASSPORT NUMBER (Valid for Inca trail) or Identification Number DATE OF BIRTH Nationality Must be physically fit for adventure hiking HUAYNA PICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN: Those who trek the Inca Trail cannot access the entrance to Huayna Picchu. A new entrance ticket to Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu or mountain of Machu Picchu access must be purchased. RECOMMENDATIONS: Small backpack for personal items Comfortable shoes for walking and clothes Rain poncho Flashlight Hat or cap, sunglasses, sun block Insect Repellent At least 4 pairs of socks (wet daily) Snacks Camera, batteries The weather in Peru: In Lima and generally across the coast, from December to April are the hottest and sunniest months. The months from June to August are the wettest, and from June to October drizzle may occur, as in the city of Lima never rain. From October to May you can wear light clothing. The driest months in the highlands are June through October, although in this area the weather can vary considerably in one day according to time. Pretty cold in the morning and evening, and hot at noon. From December to March there is rain and is necessary to use waterproof clothing. In the highlands, the climate is cold and dry, and temperature ranges between 9 and 18°C, according to the time of the day: the sun usually shines every morning of the year, but temperature drops to 5ºC in the evening. Cusco has continuous rainfall in February, especially in the evening, although weather is much warmer, since temperature ranges between 18°C in the daytime and 8°C in the evening and early morning. For travel outside the United States U.S. citizens must have valid passports, with an expiration date of at least six months after the scheduled return date. Deposit Procedures: Deposit of $350 per person is required at the time of individual booking, but no later than 120 days prior to departure. Remaining balance is due at 65 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Payment policy is subject to change according to booked hotels’ terms & conditions.

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