Peru Impact Expedition

Immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant culture of Peru, as you play an important role in projects that are designed to provide sustainable long-term support to the poorest of communities. Explore the sights around two of Peru’s most famous cities, Cusco and Arequipa, and discover rural regions away from the tourist trail.

  • Location Peru, South America
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Impact

This expedition will show you the real Peru, as you spend time living and working alongside local communities in some of the most rural areas. Discover fascinating customs and traditions as you immerse yourself into local life and spend time wandering the streets and visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites as you explore all that Cusco and Arequipa have to offer.

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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.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

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 Arrive in Peru Upon arrival in Peru, you will be met at the airport by a member of our awesome Camp Peru team who will transfer you to your accommodation in the city for the night.
Day 2 Head to your first camp This morning we will hit the road and transfer you to the first camp of your expedition. Once you have settled into your accommodation you will be given an arrival briefing, camp orientation and village tour. It will then be time to get stuck into some project work.
Day 3 – 8 Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture When you’re not getting stuck into project work, you will be learning about traditional local life such as cooking and traditional dancing. You will also undertake a short trek into the hills to get a feel for the area and experience the stunning views.
Day 9 – 10 Explore Cusco Cusco is a fascinating city of great historical significance and was once the capital of the Inca empire. Today you will have a chance to explore this wonderful city visiting some of the archaeological sites, and museums.
Day 11 Travel to your next camp After a good night’s rest, we will hit the road in the morning and travel to the next camp, where you’ll have some time to settle in before you are given a project briefing. You’ll learn about the issues faced by the community in this region and the sustainable solutions we have developed in partnership with local people.
Day 12 – 17 Community project work You will work alongside the local community on several initiatives helping to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children. In addition to the projects in the school, we are building a toilet for each house in the community to improve sanitation.
Day 18 Travel to your final camp Following a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you will hit the road in the morning and travel to the final camp in your Peruvian adventure.
Day 19 – 26 Community project work Over the next few days, you will be getting your hands dirty on community projects, trying your hand at plastering, painting and low-level construction alongside local skilled tradespeople. You will also make a contribution to our re-forestation initiative and will quickly become an expert in planting trees.
Day 27 Explore Arequipa For your last full day in Peru, you will have the chance to explore Arequipa. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, framed by three volcanoes and famous for its buildings carved from sillar (white volcanic rock), it is the perfect place to do some last-minute souvenir shopping.
Day 28 Goodbye Peru After saying goodbye to our Camp Peru crew, you will be transferred to the 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.

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 Colca

Camp Colca

Camp Colca is a wonderful camp set in the heart of a humble and friendly community on the edge of the great Colca Canyon, the world’s second deepest canyon (and only second by a couple of metres!).

This very special location is peaceful and offers you a feeling of space and remoteness. The camp’s elevated position (3,600m) offers spectacular views and encompass some big sweeping landscapes, from the surrounding alto plano desert, to Inca terracing and huge jaw-dropping mountain ranges.

The village is very charming, with little adobe buildings everywhere and donkeys strolling along the dirt roads. Camp Colca is sure to transport you to another world making you feel like part of the community in no time.

  • Location: 200 km (5 hours drive) from Arequipa Airport
  • Accommodation style: Rooms within a converted building
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets
  • Showers: Cold showers or warm bucket showers & sinks
  • Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug
  • Social area: Chill out zone with fireplace
  • Signature dish: Alpaca en jugo – Alpaca cooked in gravy
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

The month I spent at Camp Peru ended up being the best month of my life. During my month 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

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