Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley retreat with an emphasis on exploring Andean culture, history, archeology and traditional artisan disciplines
A 22 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 12 – July 3, 2017
Where: Cusco & the Sacred Valley, Peru, land of the Incas
Early Bird: Reserve your space before February 20, $3,299
After February 20, $3,550
Who: 8 or more teen participants (ages 13-25) unschooolers, homeschoolers, worldschoolers and teens and young adults who are self-directed
Status: Open & Accepting Applications
A minimum of 8 participants is required to produce this learning community retreat
The 2017 Cusco & Sacred Valley Retreat is a 22-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. Project World School is not a typical study abroad program as it will take advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development, and changes in global perspectives.
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
Day 1 – Arrive in Lima- Meet and greet
Day 2 – Ceviche & Ice Breakers through Improv
Day 3 – Downtown Lima
Day 4 – Fly to Cusco- get settled, Chocolate Making Class
Day 5 – Spanish Class, Cusco is our Classroom & Coca Museo
Day 6 – Energy Bar Class + Dispacho Class
Day 7 – Alien Baby, Urcos market & Sistine Chapel of the Americas
Day 8 – Home-stay at local Andean farm
Day 9 – Farm, prepare chicha
Day 10 – Local Andean cooking & history- Prepare Cuy
Day 11 – Return to Cusco
Day 12 – Explore History – Qoricancha
Day 13 – Day of Service
Day 14 – Chinchero Weaving
Day 15– Moray, Moras, Ollyantatambo
Day 16 – Peruvian Pan Flute Class, Planetarium
Day 17– Despacho Ceremony
Day 18 – Travel to Santa Teresa – Natural Hot Springs
Day 19 – Hike to Machu Picchu
Day 20 – Visit the enigmatic Machu Picchu
Day 21 – Closing Ceremony
Day 22 – 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.
The Bolivia Bold- Soaring Contrasts, Rich Culture, Wildlife & History– 16 Day Teen Learning Community begins just 2 days after the Peru – Cusco Machu Picchu retreat ends.If you wish to attend both retreats, please send us a note here and we’ll work out a discount for you. If you attend both retreats, we will cover your accommodations for the two extra days between both retreats in La Paz, but you will be responsible for covering your flight from Lima to La Paz. Please contact us to make arrangements using our contact form here.