Peru – Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley – 22 Day Teen Learning Community


Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley retreat

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


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

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 
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. 

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 – 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 – 22 Day Teen Learning Community , we will stay in several locations including one hostel in Lima, a hostel in Cusco which will serve as our base, a two night homestay with a family in a small farming village and a hostel stay near Machu Picchu.  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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