Peru archeology & local communities

Peru archeology & local communities

Archeology & local communities

Peru

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on this 10-day adventure into the heart of mystical Peru. Watch magical Machu Picchu appear between drifting folds of mist and wander through the cobbled streets of lively Cusco, surrounded by snow-tipped Andean peaks on all sides. Drift between the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, get a peek into the traditional life of the indigenous people and feel tiny amidst the scenery of the Sacred Valley. It’s a journey from dizzying mountains to cloud forests and throbbing cities to vast glassy lakes. Get prepared to be blown away by the beauty of Peru.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Explore the Lost Kingdom of Machu Picchu, rising out of the cloud forest amidst snow-capped mountains.
  • Visit the friendly locals in Chinceros, a colourful community famous for its rainbow textiles and traditional lifestyle.
  • Get lost in the cobbled streets and carnival atmosphere of Cusco, the beating heart of Peruvian culture.
  • Journey deep into the Sacred Valley, steeped in Inca history and mystical spirit.
  • Float between the peaceful islands of Lake Titicaca and sleep in a homestay with the welcoming Uros Indians.

Peru 10 days / 9 nights

Adventure level: gentle
Max group size: 30
Included
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis and one night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca with a local family.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Lima!

When you touch down in Peru, you’ll be welcomed at the international airport by your guide and transferred directly to your hotel in buzzing district of Miraflores, packed with cosmopolitan restaurants, leafy parks and all-too-tempting shops. A thriving metropolis perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and draped in rolling fog, Lima is an eye-opening city to explore. After freshening up and shaking off your jetlag, you can head to a local restaurant a try a zingy seafood ceviche, Lima’s classic dish.

Days 2 – 3: Inca culture in Cusco

On Day 2, you’ll head for the airport and hop on a flight to colourful Cusco. When you arrive, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and welcomed with a steaming mug of local coca tea to ward off any altitude sickness. Your hotel is part of the Niños Foundation, an inspiring community project that cares for over 600 street kids. A heady mixture of modern culture and ancient local legend, Cusco is a maze of narrow cobbled streets ringed by Inca walls. Wander between arty stalls piled high with alpaca knits, watch the world go by at a café in shady Plaza del Armas and soak up the spirit of the Inca Empire.

The following day, you’ll set off on a walking tour to learn about local Andean culture and ancient architecture before travelling to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, just outside the centre of Cusco. The fortress is built from gigantic slabs of stone weighing up to a whopping 350 tonnes each and placed together with absolute precision. At the end of the day, you can relax over a traditional and enjoy a folkloric show before hitting the hay.

Day 4: The spirit of the Sacred Valley

Today, you’ll journey from Cusco deep into the Sacred Valley, a beautiful patchwork of fertile plains wedged between the high Andes and the tropical lowlands. It’s a lush region rich with fruit orchards and vegetable groves, with fantastic views around every bend. Before long, you’ll reach Ollantayambo, the site of some astonishing Inca ruins stretched over bright green terraces. After exploring the ruins, you’ll travel to Chincero, a colourful and welcoming community nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here, you’ll meet the friendly locals, amble through the market and get a glimpse into remote Peruvian life. We will spend the night in the Sacred Valley.

Days 5 – 6: Mystical magic at Machu Picchu

The next two days are all about the Lost Kingdom of Machu Picchu, easily one of the most staggering spots on the planet. On Day 5, you’ll take a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, swathed in the mist of the cloud forest. Also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, it’s a lively crossroads for travellers coming to or from the ruins. In the evening, you can plunge into the local hot springs for a well-earned soak before heading to bed.

Early on Day 6, you’ll set off along the twisting road to Machu Picchu. As the morning cloud clears to reveal the Lost Kingdom in all its glory, you’ll be knocked off your feet. There’s nowhere else like it. With a mysterious history and a dramatic setting between towering Andean peaks, the terraces of Machu Picchu and packed with atmosphere. You’ll be given a guided tour of the ruins before travelling back to Cusco.

Days 7 and 8: Puno and Lake Titicaca homestay

On Day 7, you’ll set off on the gorgeous bus journey to Puno, crossing the Altiplano highlands to the shores of dazzling Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. On the way, you’ll visit a handful of fascinating pre-Inca archaeological sites and stop for a traditional buffet lunch a the top of a dizzying mountain pass overlooking the valley.

After spending one night in Puno, you’ll glide across the glassy waters of Lake Titicaca, with white snowy peaks reflected in the bright blue water. Before long, you’ll arrive on Taquile and Uros, floating reed islands home to friendly communities of indigenous Indians. Here, you’ll be welcomed into the local homes, learn about island culture and kick a football around the playful kids. You’ll sleep in shared rooms in a traditional mud brick house – an experience to really remember.

Days 9 – 10: Live it up in Lima

On the morning of Day 9, you’ll sail back across Lake Titicaca. Back on solid ground, you’ll head for Juliana airport to catch a flight back to Lima for the last night of your trip. Here, amongst the bright lights and boutique cafés of Miraflores, try some traditional Peruvian cuisine and whisk around the highlights of the city. You can also take some time to explore the fascinating Larco Museum. Crammed with archeological wonders, including erotic sculptures that will raise a few eyebrows, it’s like stepping into the past. The museum organizes all kinds of educational events and activities, making it perfect for student tours.

On Day 10, you’ll set off on a half day city tour to see Lima like a real local. First, you’ll wander through a traditional market packed to try a handful of rare, exotic fruits before catching a Metropolitano bus downtown to check out the landmark colonial buildings in the area. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

Practical Information

It’s tricky to pin down the climate of Peru because the altitude varies in a such a dramatic way. While the high Andes might be knee-deep in snow , the beach can be drenched in blazing sunshine. Strictly speaking, the best weather spreads across almost the entire country from June to September, making it a popular time for trekking to Machu Picchu. From December to April, the mountains and jungles are hit by heavy rains, while Lima is often overcast and fog-wrapped but very rarely wet. Whenever you travel, bring some warm jumpers for chilly Andean nights and a waterproof jacket.
Day 1: Arrival transfer from Lima airport to Miraflores hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Transfer from hotel to airport for domestic flight to Cusco. On arrival, transfer from Cusco airport to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 3: Half day walking tour of Cusco with Cathedral entrance fee included. Afternoon tour to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological site with Cusco visitor ticket included. Welcome dinner with folkloric show. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 4: Morning visit to Ollantaytambo archaeological site. Afternoon visit to Chinceros community. Overnight at Casitas del Arco Iris (B,L,D).

Day 5: Transfer from hotel to Ollantaytambo train station and exhibition train to Machu Picchu. Visit to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 6: Half day visit to Machu Picchu, with minibus to and from the top of the mountain included. Train back to Cusco and transfer from Poroy train station to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Bus transfer from Cusco to Puno, visiting archaeological sites scattered along the way. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Full day visit to Uros and Taquile islands on Lake Titicaca. Overnight at family homestay (B,L,D).

Day 9: Transfer from Titicaca to Juliaca airport for flight to Lima. Transfer from Lima airport to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 10: Half day local city tour of Lima. Transfer from hotel to airport for journey home. (B)

  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis and one night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca with a local family.
  • Full board
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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Peru adventure & Inca trail

Peru adventure & Inca trail

 Explore & Inka Trail

Peru

A jumble of adventure and community living, this 13-day trip to Peru will get your adrenaline pumping and give you a privileged peek into local life. 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. It’s an eye-opening trip that will bring your students a behind-the-scenes glimpse into traditional Peruvian communities and thrill their socks off at the same time.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Trek the classic 4-day Inca Trail to the Lost Kingdom of Machu Picchu, hidden high up in the clouds.
  • Wander through the atmospheric cobbled streets and colourful markets of Cusco, nestled between Andean peaks.
  • Visit an uplifting and inspiring community project that supports over 600 local street kids.
  • Stay at home with a welcoming family in a remote villages tucked between snow-tipped mountains.
  • Look out over vast salt-pans overhanging cliffs and surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery.

Peru 13 days / 12 nights

Adventure level: active
Max group size: 30
Included
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis, 1 night in an Andean family homestay and 3 nights camping along the world famous Inca Trail.
  • Full board
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Lima!

When you land in Lima, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of the buzzing Miraflores district, famous for its café culture, leafy parks and boutique shops. After freshening up, you can set out to explore. Wrapped in rolling fog on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is a world-class city packed with eye-opening sites. Relax in shady plazas, try a delicious seafood ceviche and gaze up at beautifully preserved colonial buildings.

On the morning of Day 2, you’ll set off on a guided city tour including the eerie catacombs beneath the San Francisco Church and the fascinating archaeological museum, before travelling to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Days 2 and 3: Local culture and Inca legend in Cusco

When you touch down in Cusco on the afternoon of Day 2, you’ll be transferred to your cosy hotel and welcomed with a steaming mug of local coca tea. The hotel is part of the inspiring Niños Foundation, a community project that feeds over 600 street kids from the city. Cusco is perched at 3450m above sea level, bursting with colour and carnival spirit.

On the morning of Day 3, you’ll set off on a walking tour of the city, stopping at Cusco’s highlights and soaking up the atmosphere. The afternoon is free for you to amble through the cobbled streets, wander past the Inca walls and explore markets piled high with bright alpaca knits. If you’re feeling brave, try the local delicacy of Cuy, otherwise known as roasted guinea pig!

 

Day 4: Into the Sacred Valley

The next day, you’ll travel to the fortress of Sacayhuaman, just outside the city centre. Built from gigantic slabs of stone weighing over 350 tonnes each, it’s a mind-boggling architectural achievement. This is a fascinating visit for geography students and your guide will be able to explain all about the construction, heritage and history of the site.

Afterwards, you’ll relax at the Hacienda de Huasao, tucked away between the mountains just 30 minutes from Cusco. Packed with local atmosphere and colourful, it’s a wonderful place to soak up the sunshine and gaze out over the peaceful scenery. Next, you’ll saddle up for a mountain bike tour of the surrounding villages and scenic viewpoints. With your own set of wheels, you’ll dash through the countryside, waving at the friendly locals as you pass.

 

Days 5 and 6: Secluded homestay and the Sacred Valley

Today, you’ll head towards the tiny village of Chincero, tucked away in the beautiful Urquillos Valley. Here, you’ll meet the villagers and learn about local life in the lush green hills. The people of Chincero are famous for their intricate weaving skills and you’ll find most of the villagers wearing full traditional dress. You’ll spend the night with a local family in a simple village house, giving you a wonderful behind-the-scenes glimpse into Andean culture.

On Day 6, you’ll continue deeper in the Sacred Valley towards the pre-Inca ruins of Moray. After wandering between the complex network of terraces, you’ll make your way to the ‘Salinas’ or Maras, endless salt pans overhanging the cliff edge and surrounded with dramatic views. You can watch the salt harvesting in action, gaze down to the Urubamba River and feel a million miles from home.

Days 7 – 9: Trekking the Inca Trail

Today, the action begins as you follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the world-famous Inca trail. Before you begin, you’ll stop by the ruins of Ollantay, where steep terraces cling to the mountainside. It’s the only Inca stronghold to persistently resist Spanish attacks and packed with local legend.

Next, it’s time to lace up your walking boots and hit the trail. For 3 nights, you’ll trek along riverbeds, walk through cloud forests and climb up steep mountain passes towards Machu Picchu, camping along the way. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide as well as a porter and cook, so you’ll have everything you need to make it to the Lost Kingdom. The highest point of the trek, known as Dead Woman’s Pass, sits at a heady 4200m above sea level with breathtaking views over the valleys below.

Day 10: Arriving at Machu Picchu

After 3 nights on the Inca Trail, all of your efforts (and blisters) will be rewarded a thousand times over. On Day 10, you’ll reach the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu at lunchtime, just as the morning mist lifts from its lush green peaks and terraces. It’s something that is sure to take your breath away. You’ll have plenty of time to wander around the site before taking the train to the village of Aguas Calientes, for a soak in the natural hot springs and a well-earned pillow under your head.

Days 11 – 13: Cusco and Machu Picchu at daybreak

After a dreamy sleep in a comfy bed, you’ll wake up well before dawn to catch sunrise over Machu Picchu. As the day begins to break and golden light floods between the hills, you’ll be completely wrapped up in the magic of the Lost Kingdom. It’s enough to give you goosebumps.

Later that morning, you’ll head back to Cusco, where you’ll be able to relax and recover for the remainder of your trip. Mingle with the locals in the colourful markets of San Pedro, dive into daily life amongst the ramshackle stalls of Wanchaq, pick up traditional Peruvian presents for family back home and get lost in the labyrinth of cobbled backstreets.

On Day 13, you’ll check out of your friendly hotel and head for the airport, where you’ll catch a flight back to Lima and begin your international journey home.

Practical Information

It’s tricky to pin down the climate of Peru because the altitude varies dramatically from region to region. While the high Andes might be knee-deep in snow, the beach can be drenched in blazing sunshine. Strictly speaking, the best weather spreads across almost the entire country from June to September, making it a popular time for trekking to Machu Picchu. From December to April, the mountains and jungles are hit by heavy rains, while Lima is often overcast and fog-wrapped but very rarely wet. Whenever you choose to travel, bring a warm jumper for chilly Andean nights and a waterproof jacket.

Day 1: Transfer from Lima airport to Miraflores hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Half day city tour and visit to archaeological museum. All entrance fees included. Transfer from hotel to airport for flight to Cusco. Arrival transfer in Cusco from airport to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 3: Half day walking tour of Cusco. Entrance free to Cathedral included. Afternoon visit to the Niños community project. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 4: Morning visit to Sacsayhuaman Archaological site. Cusco visitor pass included. Afternoon transfer to Hacienda Huasao and mountain bike tour of the local area. Overnight at the hacienda (B,L,D).

Day 5: Half day visit to Pisaq market and Chinceros site in the Sacred Valley. All entrance fees included. Overnight at local family homestay (B,L,D).

Day 6: Half day visit to Moray. Overnight in the sacred valley, hotel (B,L,D).

Day 7: Half day visit to Ollantaytambo archaeological site. Beginning on 4 day/3night Inca Trail. Overnight camping along the trekking route. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Inca Trail trekking. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Inca Trail trekking. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Arrival at Machu Picchu, marking the end of the Inca Trail trek. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 11: Morning at leisure. Afternoon journey back to Cusco. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 12: Whole day at leisure in Cusco. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 13: Transfer from hotel to airport to begin the journey home (B).

  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation, 1 night in an Andean family homestay and 3 nights camping along the world famous Inca Trail.
  • Full board
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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Costa Rica, Wildlife & Action

Costa Rica, Wildlife & Action

Wildlife & Action

Costa Rica

Take a walk on the wild side during this 9-day trip to Costa Rica, a natural playground for animal lovers and adventure seekers. Hike through misty cloud forests, watch volcanoes curl smoke into clear blue skies, spot howler monkeys in the treetops, whizz down a zipline on a heart-thumping canopy tour and race down a river on a tubing adventure. In between the action, your students will volunteer at the uplifting Proyecto Asis, caring for the animal in the wildlife rescue centre and stay with the local community. It’s a perfect blend of nature, activity and genuine local experience.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Stay at home with the welcoming locals and volunteer in the community or wildlife rescue centre.
  • Whizz through the rainforest on a canopy zipline and soak in the natural thermal pools of Rincon de la Vieja
  • Wander through the treetops of the wildlife-rich Monteverde cloud forest and twist down the river on a tubing adventure.
  • Walk along ancient lava flows and watch rumbling volcanoes curl smoke into clear blue skies.
  • Hike through lush forests to emerald lagoons in the Poàs Volcano National Park.

Costa Rica 9 days / 8 nights

Adventure level: exciting!
Max group size: 30
Included
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation and 2 nights in an authentic homestay as part of the Asis Proyecto volunteering project
  • Full Board
  • Full day volunteering at a wildlife rescue center
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

When you land in San José, you’ll be transferred directly to your comfortable hotel. Perched in the basin of a high valley and home to over 1 million inhabitants, San José is flanked by towering jagged peaks and buzzing with constant activity. Unlike many other Central American capitals, it is not rich in colonial architecture, but you’ll find something eye-opening happening on every street corner. While it may not win prizes in the cosmetic department, San José is a real, working city with a big heart. Explore the choatic fruit markets and watch daily life unfold on the sidewalk.

Day 2 & 3: Rumbling volcanoes & wildlife conservation

Early this morning, you’ll set off on a beautiful journey to Poás Volcano National Park, passing strawberry fields and coffee plantations before climbing into the cloud forest. One of the world’s largest geysers, the active Poás Volcano has an awesome crater stretching over 1.5km wide. Standing on the edge of the caldera, you’ll watch the billowing smoke curl into the sky and hear the hissing of the bubbling sulphur within. You’ll hike through the cloud forest, bursting with bright orchids and exotic birds, before ending up at a tropical emerald lagoon.

In the afternoon, you’ll head towards Proyecto Asis, where you’ll be volunteering tomorrow. Here, you’ll learn about your friendly host family for the next two nights, a great way to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Costa Rican culture and the perfect chance to practice your Spanish.

Day 3 is all about rolling up your sleeves and lending a hand. Proyecto Asis is a diverse and inspiring organisation with volunteer projects ranging from wildlife conservation to environmental protection, animal rescue and local community. In other words, there are plenty of ways to get involved! It’s a rewarding day packed with generous spirit and team-building opportunities.

Days 4, 5 and 6: Arenal volcano and Rincon de la Vieja

Today, you’ll wave your family hosts goodbye and set off to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica. First, you’ll drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. As you approach the park, you’ll see the gigantic cinder cone of Arenal rising a whopping 1,633 metres from the surrounding rainforest. You’ll hike around the base of the volcano, learning all about the tropical flora and fauna and walk on ancient lava flows at the famous lava wall. Next you’ll head into the cowboy province of Costa Rica and the gorgeous region of Rincon de la Vieja, set around a volcanic chain dating back over a million years. Here, you’ll sleep on an authentic ranch nestled between open pastures and thick forest.

On day 5, you’ll disappear deep into Rincon de la Vieja National Park, scattered with thermal springs, bubbling mud pots and hidden waterfalls. In the afternoon, you’ll get your adrenaline pumping on a zipline canopy tour through the forest, high above the Colorado River. You’ll whizz down 9 cables between 17 platforms and wobble across a dizzying suspension bridge – an experience that will set your head spinning!

Day 6: River tubing and cloud forest adventure

Get ready for a rip-roaring river adventure! This morning, you’ll clamber into an inflatable tube and drift downstream along a river flanked by tropical forest on both sides. Following the natural flow of the river, you’ll crash through channels of foaming white water and float lazily through calmer waters, where you can soak up the views.

Afterwards, you’ll journey into the cloud forest of Monteverde, one of the most incredible wildlife sanctuaries in the world. With an alpine climate and quaint wooden houses, it’s like a tropical Switzerland tucked away in the forest.  A constant swing between bright sunshine and misty drizzle, Monteverde is somewhere really special. You’ll follow hiking trails through the high rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for hummingbirds, Quetzals and more.

Days 7, 8 and 9: Treetop walkway tour and tropical beaches

This morning, you’ll take a treetop walkway tour, getting a whole new perspective on the cloud forest. Following a 3km network of canopy walks and suspension bridges high above the branches, you’ll learn about the flora and fauna with a expert nature guide. The forest is home to over 2,500 species of plants, 420 kinds of orchid and more than 400 bird species, as well as monkeys, sloths and more. Keep your eyes open and your camera handy! Coming down from the canopy, you’ll drop into the Butterfly Gardens before leaving Monteverde.

Next, you’ll travel along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, a stunning mixture of tropical forest, mangrove swamps, rippling lagoons and wild beaches. On Day 8, you’ll hike through Manuel Antonio, spot wildlife with a custom-made telescope and stretch out under swaying palm trees on soft white beaches. Hiding out between the branches, you’ll find sloths, iguanas and squirrel monkeys, while dolphins and turtles swim through the clear waters offshore. It’s a wonderful way to end your trip. On Day 9, you’ll be transferred back to San José for your international flight home.

Practical Information

Costa Rica is a tropical country which thrives on rain and sun, both of which are ever-present throughout the year. Despite, the climate can be divided roughly into a wet and dry season and both have their advantages when it comes to the best time to travel. The wetter and greener months are generally from May to November when showers come in short, drenching down pours throughout the day, and are heaviest between September and October. The dry season runs roughly from mid December to April when temperatures  hover at around 27C-80F, with variations in the Caribbean coast which has its dry season rather in September and October.

Day 1: Arrival transfer from San José’s Juan Santamaria Airport to hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Private bus transfer from San José to the ASIS community project in Arenal. Tour to Poàs Volcano National Park and thermal pools, all entrance fees included. Overnight at Proyecto ASIS homestay (B,L,D).

Day 3: One full day of volunteering activities with Proyecto ASIS. Overnight at Proyecto ASIS homestay (B,L,D).

Day 4: Private bus transfer from Arenal to Rincon del la Vieja. Hiking tour in Arenal National Park, all entrance fees included. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 5: Private bus transfer to Rincon de la Vieja National Park and hiking tour (Las Pailas route), including all entrance fees. Canopy zip-line tour in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 6: Private bus transfer to Monteverde. Afternoon river tubing tour. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Private bus transfer to Manuel Antonio. Guided Selvatura Treetop Walkway tour and visit to Butterfly Garden. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Private bus transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park and guided tour including all entrance fees. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 9: Transfer from hotel to Juan Santamaria Airport in San José to begin journey home.

  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation and 2 nights in an authentic homestay as part of the Asis Proyecto volunteering project.
  • Full board
  • Full day volunteering at a wildlife rescue center
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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Costa Rica, Pure nature

Costa Rica, Pure nature

Pure Nature

Costa Rica

Escape to the misty cloud forests, fiery volcanoes and tropical beaches of Costa Rica on this week-long trip that will take you straight back to nature. Volunteer with a sea turtle conservation project on the lush shores of the Caribbean Ocean, wobble through the the rainforest treetops on canopy bridges, glide through jungle canals on the lookout for wildlife and soak in volcanic hot springs. It’s all about the bare necessities, bringing you an adventure packed with colour, life and local experiences that will stick with your forever.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Volunteer on a sea turtle breeding project perched on powdery Caribbean sands.
  • Glide through jungle canals on the lookout for monkeys, caimans and river turtles.
  • Explore the forest of La Fortuna from above on a thrilling canopy walk between the treetops, with the Arenal Volcano as your backdrop.
  • Fly through Monteverde cloud forest on a zipline tour that will take your breath away.
  • Laze beneath rustling palms trees, swim in clear lagoons and twist through the mangroves of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica 10 days/9 nights

Adventure level: exciting!
Max group size: 40
Included
  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation, 2 nights in a lodge in Tortuguero
  • Full board
  • Full day workshop and volunteering in Tortuguero
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: The way to San Jose

When you touch down in San José, you’ll be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your comfy hotel. After stashing your bags and freshening up, you can set out to explore. San José is buzzing, gritty metropolis perched in a high valley basin, surrounded by towering peaks. Home to over 1 million inhabitants, it’s a riot of life and action. What it lacks in colonial architecture, it makes up for with friendly locals and real spirit. Amble between stalls piled high with tropical fruit and soak up the Costa Rican sense of Pura Vida.

Day 2: Travelling to tropical Tortuguero

Today, your wildlife experience begins in earnest as you travel to Tortuguero National Park, hugging the sugary sands of the Caribbean Ocean. The beach here is a key nesting site for green turtles, while lush rainforest stretches inland away from the shore. Tortuguero is home to 13 of Costa Rica’s most endangered species, including the manatee, ocelot and jaguar, making it an incredible place to explore.

When you arrive, you’ll hop into a motor boat to glide through the twisting waterways that lead into the heart of Tortuguero, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way. You’ll spend two nights at a riverbank lodge in the colourful village of Tortuguero, a beautiful eco-tourism hotspot with a bunch of friendly locals. In the afternoon, you’ll set off on a guided walk with a nature expert, to learn all about the flora and fauna of the area.

Day 3: Turtle conservation in Tortuguero

This morning, you’ll be woken by squawking toucans and howler monkeys before getting ready for a real adventure. First, you’ll take a boat trip along the overgrown canals that snake through Tortuguero National Park, gliding through narrow creeks and across glimmering lagoons. Along the way, you’ll expert guide will help you spot monkeys, caimans, river turtles and kingfishers.

Next, you’ll roll up your sleeves for a day of volunteering with the Costa Rica Conservation Institute, helping to conserve the breeding ground of the endangered turtles in the area. The beautiful hawksbill turtle and giant leatherback turtle are hunted by poachers for their valuable meat and eggs, so the locals here look after them around the clock. During the day, you’ll learn all about the sea turtles, help clean their habitat and get a real sense of working on a critical conservation project.

Days 4 and 5: Canopy walkways and hot springs

After breakfast, you’ll wave Tortuguero goodbye, float back towards the entrance of the park and continue your Costa Rica adventure to La Fortuna, home to the gigantic cinder cone of the Arenal Volcano, rising 1,633 metres above sea level. Now resting, the picture-perfect volcano dwarfs the lush forests and pastures surrounding its base. For the remainder of Day 4, you can relax in the pool at your eco-lodge, gaze up at Arenal and feel a million miles from home.

On Day 5, you’ll get active again, setting off on a heart-thumping canopy tour through the rainforest treetops, crossing high suspension bridges with dizzying views. Along the way, you’ll spot howler monkeys, pass three crashing waterfalls and stare out over glassy Arenal Lake. Every footstep holds breathtaking views of the forest below. After the tour, you’ll head to the volcanic mineral pools at the nearby hot springs for a well-earned soak before dinner.

Days 6 and 7: Exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest

On Day 6, you’ll make your way to Monteverde, the most famous cloud forest on the planet. With an alpine climate and quaint wooden houses, it’s like a tropical Switzerland tucked away between the trees. Swinging between bright sunshine and soft drizzle, it’s packed with mystical atmosphere and a sense of real adventure. In the afternoon, you’ll hike through the misty trails on a Natural History tour, learning the secrets of the cloud forests and passing hidden waterfalls along the way. Home to over 130 mammal species, 400 kinds of bird, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles and 420 kinds of orchid, it’s a natural playground like no other.

On Day 7, you’ll get your pulse racing again with a zipline canopy tour through Monteverde, flying through the cloud forest along 12 cables between 18 treetop platforms. It’s something that will give you a totally unique perspective on Monteverde and get your heart thumping at the very same time! After the tour, you’ll unwind with a peaceful wander through the Butterfly Gardens and Hummingbird Reserve, watching tiny rainbow-coloured creatures dart all around you.

Days 8, 9 and 10: Monkeying around in Manuel Antonio

Today, you’ll head for your final destination on the wild Pacific coastline – Manuel Antonio. A beautiful jumble of tropical forest, mangrove swamps, natural lagoons and palm-fringed beaches, it’s a wonderful place to end your trip. Sloths and squirrel monkeys peek out from between the branches, while dolphins play in the surf just offshore.

In the morning of day 9, you’ll hike through the rainforest with an expert guide, with your guide you will be able to see many animals hidden in the forest, with a bit of luck you will spot: white faced monkey, capuchin monkeys, large iguanas, slots, bats and much more. The rest of the day is all about the beach. Stretch out on pearly white sands, cool off in the crashing ocean and snooze under a swaying coconut palm.

On day 10, your Costa Rica wildlife adventure draws to a close and you’ll be transferred to the airport in San José for your flight home.

Practical Information

Taking climate and the nesting season of the turtles in account (roughly between April and October), the best time to travel on this itinerary is between end of April and end of August.

Costa Rica is a tropical country which thrives on rain and sun, both of which are ever-present throughout the year. Despite, the climate can be divided roughly into a wet and dry season and both have their advantages when it comes to the best time to travel. The wetter and greener months are generally from May to November when showers come in short, drenching down pours throughout the day, and are heaviest between September and October. The dry season runs roughly from mid December to April when temperatures  hover at around 27C-80F, with variations in the Caribbean coast which has its dry season rather in September and October.

Day 1: Private transfer from San Josè’s Juan Santamaria Airport to hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Transfer from San José to Tortuguero. Beginning of 3 day/2 night Tortuguero activity package, including town visit, eco-boat tour and nature hike. Overnight at a lodge (B,L,D).

Day 3: Tortuguero activities continued, volunteering with SINAC and visit to the Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum. Overnight at a Lodge (B,L,D).

Day 4: Private bus transfer from Tortuguero docks to Arenal. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 5: Private bus at your own disposal. Arenal guided treetop walkway tour with SKY, all entrance fees included. Visit to Arenal Thermal Pools, all entrance fees included. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 6: Private bus transfer to Monteverde. Afternoon guided tour to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, all entrance fees included. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Private bus at your own disposal. Selvatura Canopy Zip-line Tour, including visit to Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Private bus transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 9: Guided tour of Manual Antonio National Park, all entrance fees included. Rest of the day to relax on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio (B,L,D)

Day 10: Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José Juan Santamaria Airport to begin journey home.

  • 7 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation and 2 night in Tortuguero in a lodge
  • Full board
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • Tortuguero full day workshop and volunteering
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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Argentina, Big city & Glaciers

Argentina, Big city & Glaciers

Big city & Glaciers

Argentina

This whirlwind Argentina adventure will take you from the tango clubs of buzzing Buenos Aires to dazzling glaciers of Patagonia, with all kinds of eye-opening experiences in between. You’ll explore the elegant plazas and colonial boulevards of Buenos Aires, rich with Latino atmosphere, volunteer with community projects in the heart of the coty, spot whales from the dramatic clifftops of Peninsula Valdes and journey south into Patagonia, sailing through an otherwordly landscape of bright white icebergs set against clear blue skies and trekking on top of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. It’s an incredible trip that mixes local culture with unbelievable scenery and more wildlife than you could possibly imagine.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Wander through the atmospheric streets of Buenos Aires, one of the most captivating cities on the planet.
  • Lend a hand with your fellow students building a house for a family in real need.
  • Spot whales, elephant seals and penguins from the cliffs and beaches of Peninsula Valdes.
  • Trek along the top of the huge Perito Moreno Glacier and sail through the glassy waters of Patagonia.

Argentina 9 days / 8 nights

Adventure level: exciting!
Max group size: 40
Included
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires!

After settling in and freshening up, we start exploring the beating heart of Argentina. Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities on the planet, with a vibrant cultural life, dozens of atmospheric tango clubs, thousands of soccer fanatics and mouth-watering steakhouses around every corner. Wander along shady boulevards to colonial plazas, soak up the bohemian vibe of Palermo and watch the world go by from a streetside café.

On Day 2, you’ll head off on a city tour with a local guide, passing through the Italian neighborhood of Boca, home to the city’s famous soccer stadium. From there, you’ll hop on a bus to San Telmo, a working class area where the local Porteños gather for a nightly knees up. Afterwards, you’ll walk towards the beautiful Plaza de Mayo, complete with the pink building where Eva Peron stood on the balcony above the crowds. Next, you’ll swap to the metro and travel to Recoleta, an old fashioned district packed with stately homes. It’s a great way to get a feel for this incredible city.

Day 3: Lending a hand with the local community

Today, you’ll set off to support a local program called ‘Un Techo Para Mi Pais’, an organization that builds houses for families most in need. You’ll spend the whole day helping to build the house, learning about the community and getting to know the family that will soon call the house their new home. It’s an eye-opening and rewarding experience.

 

Days 4 and 5: Penguins and whales of Peninsula Valdés

On Day 4, you’ll leave the bright lights of Buenos Aires behind and take a short flight to Trelew. From here, you’ll continue to Puerto Madryn, perched on the shores of a calm gulf with crystal waters. It’s the perfect base to explore the cliff and beaches of Peninsula Valdés, packed with wildlife. The Southern Right whales migrate here in August and stay until December to give birth to their calves and nurture them until their journey to Antartica begins. Alongside the whales, you’ll see penguin colonies wobbling across the beaches, killer whales breaching in the waves and elephant seals lounging in the sunshine. When you first arrive in Puerto Madryn, you’ll set off to visit the Eco Center, balancing on the edge of a dramatic cliff. It’s a great way to begin your Peninsula Valdés experience.

On Day 5, you’ll explore the Peninsula in earnest, visiting the fascinating interpretation centre and keeping your eyes peeled for whales from the cliffs of Puerto Pirámides. Next, you’ll head south to salt flats that stretch for miles across the land and take on a fairytale pink colour in the sunlight. It’s mind-boggling stuff. After lunch, you’ll get closer to the wildlife, descending onto beaches crammed with barking elephant seals and watching dolphins play in the surf offshore. Most importantly, you’ll take a trip across the water in zodiacs to see the whales up-close and learn about their unique habits. On the way to the coastline, you might even catch a glimpse of guanacos, foxes, rheas, maras and armadillos.

 

Day 6: Blue skies and giant glaciers in Patagonia

This morning, you’ll fly south to the glistening wilderness of Patagonia, easily one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Here, you’ll be dazzled by the mammoth Perito Moreno glacier, made of over 195 square kilometres of ice and explore Glacier National Park, home to 365 glaciers glinting in the sunlight. Over 30% of the national park is covered with frozen water floors. There really is nowhere quite like it. Not only this, but Patagonia is packed with snow-dusted mountains and rich, beautiful forests. It’s also home to Lago Argentina, the largest lake in Argentina.

When you arrive, you’ll check into your hotel in El Calafate, the welcoming traveller hub of Patagonia. It’s a lively, exciting place scattered with magnificent estancias that open their doors to visitors. In the afternoon, you’ll head for the Glaciarium, where you’ll learn all about the area from a 3D documentary and interactive exhibits. It’s a brilliant introduction to Patagonia.

 

Day 7: Exploring the Perito Moreno glacier

Today, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime, visiting the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the most stunning glaciers on the globe, Perito Moreno stretches from the Continental Ice Field through colossal mountains to the waters of Lago Argentina. It’s mind-bogglingly beautiful. First, you’ll drive along the eastern side of the Magallanas Peninsula, stopping to soak up the dazzling scenery along the way and hiking along the tracks. You’ll gasp as vast chunks of ice crash into water, causing a thunderous echo and incredible waves.

Next, you’ll hop into a boat for a nautical safari to get a closer view of the glacier, docking to trek through the Magellan Forest on the other side of the shore. At the base of the glacier, you can explore ice caves and deep blue lagoons. Finally, you’ll pull on some crampons and trek across the top of Perito Moreno itself – the real highlight of this trip. It’s something that will stick with you forever.

Days 8 and 9: Back to Buenos Aires

Today, you’ll wave goodbye to the crisp blue skies and blinding glaciers of Patagonia, boarding a flight back to Buenos Aires for the final night of your trip. Back amidst the bright lights, boulevards and boutique cafés of the city, you can spend your day picking up souvenirs and feasting on some of the best steak in the world. On Day 9, you’ll check out of your hotel and head for the airport to begin your journey home, after a truly eye-popping adventure.

Practical Information

For this trip to Patagonia, it’s best to travel between September and December, as during these months it is summer in Patagonia and this is also the time of year that the whales arrive to Peninsula Valdes to mate and raise their babies.

In general: Argentina has opposite seasons to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling from December to February and winter from June to August. Given its size, Argentina experiences very different degrees of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you are in. For example, the winter months in Southern Patagonia are a flurry of snow and icy wind. This is not the time for hiking in the southern Andes or seeing the glaciers. However, if you are into snow sports, by all means wrap up warm and hit the slopes. Conversely, the winter months are the best time to travel in the north of the country when the fierce heat of summer abates. The center of the country can be visited at any time, though Spring and Fall are the prettiest times to visit both Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Spring is the all-out best time of year for nature spotting along the Patagonian Atlantic coast.

  • Day 1: Private arrival transfer from Ezeiza airport to hotel. Overnight.
  • Day 2: Authentic half day city tour – Buenos Aires Like a Local. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight (B,L,D).
  • Day 3: Private transfer from hotel to volunteer project Techo para mi pais. Full day building a house. Overnight (B,L,D).
  • Day 4: Private transfer from hotel to Aeroparque Airport for flight to Trelew (flight not included). Arrival transfer from Trelew Airport to hotel in Puerto Piramides. Private transfer from hotel to Eco Center and guided visit, all entrance fees included. Overnight Puerto Paramides hostal. (B,L,D)
  • Day 5: Morning zodiac whale watching tour. After lunch we explore the peninsula by private bus and we visit the penguin colony.  Full day private Peninsula Valdes tour, entrance fee to Peninsula Valdes National Park included. Overnight in Puerto Paramides. (B,L,D)
  • Day 6: Private transfer from hotel to Trelew Airport for flight to Calafate (flight not included). Private arrival transfer from Calafate Airport to hotel. Private tour to Glaciarium, all entrance fees and transport included. Overnight (B,L,D).
  • Day 7: Full day private Perito Moreno tour, including mini-trekking and all entrance fees to Los Glaciares National Park. Overnight (B,L,D).
  • Day 8: Private transfer from hotel to Calafate Airport for flight to Buenos Aires (flight not included). Arrival transfer to hotel in Buenos Aires. Overnight (B,L,D).
  • Day 9: Transfer from hotel to airport for international journey home. (B)
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation
  • Full Board.
  • Full day building a house in Buenos Aires
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide.
  • All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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