Peru – Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley – 25 Day Teen Learning Community – 2016


Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley retreat with an emphasis on exploring Andean culture, history, archeology and traditional artisan disciplines

A 25 day learning community retreat centered in Cusco & the Sacred Valley. This retreat has an emphasis on exploring Andean culture, history, archeology and traditional artisan disciplines with a trip to the enigmatic Machu Picchu.

When:  June 27 – July 21, 2016

Where: Cusco & the Sacred Valley, Peru, land of the Incas


Who: 8 or more teen participants (ages 13-25) unschooolers, homeschoolers, worldschoolers and teens and young adults who are self-directed

A minimum of 8 participants is required to produce this learning community retreat



The 2016 Cusco & Sacred Valley Retreat is a 25-day “temporary learning-community”, utilizing the landscape and culture of Cusco and the Sacred Valley as a means for immersive discovery in history, art, archaeology, mysticism, and science.

In the spirit of all Project World School retreats, we are not a typical study abroad program as we take advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development, and changes in global perspectives. This is one you don’t want to miss. Join us in Peru!



Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
All airport transfers
All ground transportation
Round trip flights Lima > Cusco
Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat (with the exception of 2 free days scheduled during each retreat).
Entrance fees to all the included attractions
All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).

Does not include: International airfare, laundry, snacks, and extra activities

The cost does not cover extras such as souvenirs, toiletries, batteries, or other personal items. Laundry services are not included either. Also there are 2 scheduled free days during this retreat. These days can be used to shop or just rest and reflect.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided these days but lunch will not. Also additional snacks throughout the retreat are not covered.

Round trip international flights from your home country to Lima, Peru are not included.

Meals on travel days are not included



Packing List for this Trip   Additional information about Altitude Sickness


Schedule: *

Day 1  – Arrive in Lima- Meet and greet
Day 2 – Ceviche & Ice Breakers through Improv
Day 3 – Explore Lima – Culture & History
Day 4 – Travel to Cusco & the Sacred Valley
Day 5 – Pisac Traditional Cooking
Day 6 – Llamas & Condors (oh my!)
Day 7 – Cusco, Qoricancha, Chocolate Making
Day 8 – Sacred Plants, Nature Walk, Market
Day 9  – Home-stay at local Andean farm
Day 10 – Farm, prepare chicha
Day 11 – Local Andean cooking & history- Prepare Cuy
Day 12 – Return to retreat center in morning Free Day
Day 13 – Hike through Pisac ruins
Day 14 – Day of Music, Andean flute making & traditional music concert
Day 15 – Day hike, Moray & Moras
Day 16– Explore Chinchero Ruins
Day 17 – Explore the Caves, Zone X & Temple of the Moon
Day 18 – Trip to the cloud forest conservation center
Day 19– Birds, insects and orchids
Day 20 – Hike to Machu Picchu
Day 21 – Visit the enigmatic Machu Picchu
Day 22 – Visit Ollantaytambo town and ruins
Day 23 – Andean observatory, mysticism
Day 24 – Despacho  Blessing for Pachamama (Mother Earth) & Closing Ceremony
Day 25 – Board national flight from Cusco to Lima, then return board flights back to your home country

*Schedule is subject to shift





During the Peru – Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley – 25 Day Teen Learning Community , we will be staying in 1 main location in Cusco, however in Lima, we will stay in a hostel for 2 nights and we will be staying in a hotel at Machu Picchu. This trip also includes two additional stays, one with a family in a small farming village and two nights camping at a conservation center in the cloud forrest. All the public hostels and hotels we stay at are registered with the Peruvian tourist boards and local tax departments. They must meet certain standards in order for use to stay there. We will be posting more details about the locations during April – May, so check back here for details.  Generally,  we always occupy dorm rooms that consist of bunk beds, so between 4-8 of our teen participants will be sharing a room at any given time.



All meals consist of the local flavors of Peru. Many of our meals will be prepared by our team in our hostel. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, eggs,  and local “pan” (bread). Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, fish and other local flavors. On the days we have all full-day outings, we’ll prepare and pack lunches for our trip, including sandwiches, fruit,  chips and juice. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our hostel and dinners in local restaurants. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.



In order to qualify for the early bird discount, you must get your application in by February 20th AND pay the $1,000 deposit to hold your space. 50% of your deposit is refundable if you cancel 60 days prior to the retreat.



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