Peru Trek Expedition

Peru’s unique and vibrant culture is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Immerse yourself in rural village life, learning about how to tackle local challenges, before taking on the ultimate bucket list challenge – trekking to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

  • Location Peru, South America
  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Expedition Type Trek

You’ll get to soak up the Peruvian life, exploring iconic cities steeped in history and staying in a veriety if our unique community-based camps, from the windswept highlands to the outskirts of the breathtaking Colca Canyon. The projects you work on will make a measurable difference to some of the poorest regions of Peru, helping to tackle critical issues such as education and sanitation. Of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Machu Picchu. You’ll get to trek the spectacular Salkantay route to the ancient Incan city – a bucket list experience you’ll never forget.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Expedition Leader
  • All meals in camp
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Accommodation
  • Local Transfers (excluding to and from Australian airports)
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrival in Lima After arrival into Lima airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have an early flight to the city of Cusco.
Day 2 Arrival in Cusco After arrival into Cusco airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have an early flight transfer to Camp Moray.
Day 3 Transfer to Camp Moray This morning, you’ll be transfering to Camp Moray. Once you arrive you will be greeted by the Camp Manager who will give you a camp tour and explain more about the projects you’ll be getting involved with over the coming days. In the evening you’ll have the chance to relax, take in the scenery and catch up with your travel journal.
Day 4 – 7 Community project work Over the next few days, you’ll be involved in community development projects to help improve infrastructure within the village. This could include building communal structures for community events or other important facilities to be used by locals. We are also working on long-term conservation goals with the community.
Day 8 Trek to Moray archeological site Take part in the 40-minute trek to the Moray archaeological site. There are many viewpoints to be enjoyed during the trek. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the surrounding landscape.
Day 9 – 12 Community project work Over the next few days, you’ll be involved in community development projects to help improve infrastructure within the village. This could include building communal structures for community events or other important facilities to be used by locals. We are also working on long-term conservation goals with the community.
Day 13 Complete community project work
Day 14 Transfer to Cusco Take part in the 40-minute trek to the Moray archaeological site. There are many viewpoints to be enjoyed during the trek. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the surrounding landscape.
Day 15 – 18 Salkantay Trek Over the next few days, you’ll be working alongside the rangers of SINAC, the government national parks authority, on vital conservation projects. Those could include animal tracking, planting saplings for reforestation or working to conserve an area of mangrove. Animal spotting even within the camp is a possibility and there are great walks out to deserted Pacific beaches.
Day 19 Machu Picchu – Cusco Walk up to Machu Picchu and back to the city of Cusco.
Day 20 Departure to Lima After arrival into Lima airport and taken to your accommodation in the city for a good night’s sleep. As you´ll have an flight next day back home.
Day 21 Departure back home Today you will say your goodbyes to Costa Rica before transferring back to San Jose airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Sanitation and rural housing improvement

Peru – Sanitation and rural housing improvement

The small rural community in Moray is extremely poor with no basic sanitation or sewerage. You’ll get involved with projects such as renovating houses and constructing toilet blocks in each of the houses in the village, providing families and vulnerable elderly residents with proper sanitation facilities.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Moray

Camp Moray

Camp Moray is situated on a beautiful high plateau (3,600m) close to the world famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This unique wilderness camp gives you a true taste of what it’s like to live in the Andes, with spectacular mountain views across the valley and a real feeling of space and remoteness, allowing you utter peace and a chance to get away from it all.

  • Location: 50 km (2 hours drive) from Cusco Airport
  • Accommodation: Tents
  • Bed type: comfy mattresses
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets,
  • Showers: warm bucket showers & basins
  • Power: Solar lights in dining area
  • Signature dish: Cuy dorado – guinea pig
  • Social: Large social/dining tent, camp fire, volleyball court
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Camp Titicaca

Camp Titicaca arguably offers the most spectacular views of any camp. Located on the shore of lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake (3,800m above sea level), you’ll be rewarded with gobsmacking views of the lake and surrounding mountains from your accommodation the minute you wake up!

The camp itself is situated in the heart of this small and charming lakeside community where you’ll get the privileged opportunity to spend time with the Quechua people and learn about their extraordinary way of life.

  • Location: 380 km (7 hours drive) from Cusco/Arequipa Airport
  • Accommodation: Brick & adobe buildings
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding.
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets
  • Showers: Warm bucket showers & basins
  • Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug
  • Social area: Chill out spaces with wood burning stove, camp fire, volleyball court, lake beach
  • Signature dish: Chicharron de trucha – Lake trout, battered & fried

The 3 weeks I spent at Camp Peru ended up being the best month of my life. During my time in Peru, I undertook the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, while the trek itself was incredibly gorgeous, Macchu Picchu was even more breath-taking than I could have ever imagined. I’d recommend this trip to anyone that wants to make a difference, while having the time of their life & making lifelong friendships with like-minded people!

Annelise, Camp Peru 2016

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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Peru is a very special country because of its diversity in culture, colourful traditional dress and the wonderful landscapes – not to mention the marvellous food! Everyone travelling with and employed by Camps International makes a direct impact in areas where we need it the most, contributing to the economic progress and wellbeing of our communities. Vital projects such as building kitchens, schools and nurseries all make a big difference to quality of life and are helping to shape the future of Peru.

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