Volunteer programs and student group tours in Peru
Student tours – Peru archeology & local communities
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on this 10-day adventure into the heart of mystical Peru. Explore Lima like a local, visit Cusco, The Sacred Valley and the magical Machu Picchu Inka Ruins and stay with the locals on an island in Lake Titicaca.
Student ours – Peru adventure & Inca trail
A jumble of adventure and community living. During this 13-day trip you’ll trek the classic Inca trail to the mist-swirled Lost City of Machu Picchu, visit an inspiring project that supports street children in Cusco, stay at home with a welcoming family in a remote Andean village and delve into the mystical legend of the Inca Empire.
Community volunteering – Cusco
Spend a few weeks in colorful Cusco giving the local kids a hand with their homework, boosting their creativity and giving them a much-needed sense of stability.
Peru is generally safe but there are pickpockets, especially in the bigger cities. Be sensible, as you would anywhere in the world. Remember you are foreign and so will stick out already. Don’t wear lots of eye catching jewelry or flash expensive cameras, laptops or iPhones around. Don’t venture into unsafe areas. If travelling by bus, don’t leave belongings unattended. Health wise, make sure you get the necessary vaccinations before traveling, especially if going to jungle areas. Take precautions against altitude sickness in the highlands. Peruvian food is some of the best in the world but there are also dodgy restaurants- try and only eat in recommended places.
Peru has different temperatures in different parts of the country, so it really depends on where you want to go! In general terms we could say that it is best to visit the mountains and jungle between May and November because this is the driest season. The coast has its summer between November and May, but in most destinations there is sun all year round.
Peru has such a variety of terrain that it’s not always that easy to navigate! It is also a pretty big country and so to get from place to place quickly we fly with LAN and Taca airlines who both offer very good and reliable service. For shorter trips we use Cruz del Sur bus company- its more expensive than some buses but we really believe it’s worth paying extra to ensure safety. If you need to travel independently in the cities you can use combis and micros (buses) but bear in mind that they are run by private companies and their ideas of how to drive differ from other countries. Taxis are another option but try and take cabs from our recommended taxi companies as an extra precaution.