Peru Spanish Immersion Expedition

This 2 week expedition will allow you to explore Peru’s unique and vibrant culture. Practice and improve your Spanish through interactions with the local people, make an impact through community housing and sanitation projects and learn more about Peru’s iconic cities.

  • Location Peru, South America
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Real World Studies

Peru is an incredible country where you can truly immerse yourself in rural village life, learn more about the challenges that communities face and witness some incredible scenery. There is plenty of ancient history to be discovered and culture to be appreciated.

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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
  • Entry costs to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Real World Studies resources and material
  • 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 Lima, you will be met by a member of the Camps crew who will travel with you to your accommodation. Once settled, you will have the rest of the day to relax, before grabbing dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 Transfer to Arequipa and Camp Colca It’ll be an early start as you take a connecting flight from Lima to Arequipa. You will then embark upon the 5 hour transfer to Camp Colca. The journey ascending into the Andes is incredible and you will be stopping at La Calera hot springs along the way to stretch your legs. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for roaming alpacas and vicuñas on route. On arrival at camp, you will be treated to a traditional welcome dance from the local community along with a camp tour, project briefing and goal setting exercise.
Day 3-4 Project work and cultural activities Over the next few days, you will be getting stuck into important project work. We have a number of ongoing project initiatives within this community so you could be involved in anything from primary school development to building greenhouses. In the afternoons, you will be getting to grips with the Spanish language through lessons from our local Camps crew. These lessons will be based on the Real World Studies Health and Sanitation Pathway that you will have taken part in before your expedition. You’ll also be getting involved in cultural activities giving you a true taste of Peruvian life.
Day 5 Cruz del Condor trek Today you will embark on a 3-4 hour trek with breath-taking views across the canyon and a chance to view the magnificent condor bird. There are few places in the world that offer the chance to see these birds at such close quarters. After the trek, you will head back to camp where you will be taking part in a moral dilemma session.
Day 6 Project work You’ll be spending the morning finishing up your project work at Colca before heading back to camp to hang out with your team and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by our local chefs.
Day 7 Travel to Cusco You’ll have the chance to say your goodbyes to the crew at Camp Colca before heading off for a full day of coach travel to Cusco. On arrival in the city you’ll grab some dinner before checking into a hotel for a well-deserved sleep.
Day 8 Travel to Camp Moray It’ll be an early start as you head off for the last leg of the journey to Camp Moray. This beautiful tented Camp is based above Sacred Valley and offers spectacular views over the countryside. After settling into the accommodation, you’ll be taking part in a Spanish language lesson based on the service work you’ll be completing over the next few days.
Day 9-10 Project work and Spanish lessons Over the next few days, you will work with us on several initiatives 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. There will also be plenty of time to practice your Spanish with a number of classroom sessions based on your project work. You will be using what you’ve learnt and applying it practically during your interactions with the community and project manager. In the evenings, there will be a chance for you to reflect on your daily achievements and take part in a number of cultural activities, all hosted in Spanish.
Day 11 Archaeological site visit Today you will head out on a hike to a breath-taking viewpoint above the Moray archaeological site. Here, you will learn more about the fascinating Inca history that this area is steeped in. After the hike, you’ll head back to camp for a chance to relax and hang out with your team.
Day 12 Project work Today you will be finishing up your project work take part in your final classroom-based language session. This will be focused on preparing you for your trip to Cusco market and going over some of the vocabulary you’ll need to purchase souvenirs. In the evening, you will have your final dinner at camp before getting involved in an expedition awards ceremony.
Day 13 Explore Cusco Today you will transfer to the fascinating city of Cusco. It is of great historical significance and was once the capital of the Inca empire. After arriving and settling into your accommodation, you will have time to explore the markets and interact with the local people using the Spanish you have learnt. There will be a walking tour of the city before you head off for some supervised free time where you can buy your souvenirs. There will be a final dinner in the city before you head back to your hotel for your final night in Peru.
Day 14 Departure Today is your final day in Peru – say your farewells to the team before heading back 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.

Sanitation and rural housing improvement

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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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Community development

Community development

Due to the remoteness of the Colca region and relatively harsh environmental conditions, the community here is very poor. We have a number of ongoing project initiatives within this community and you could be helping with anything from primary school development to building guinea pig houses.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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

Great experiences, enthusiastic staff and a real passion for making a difference to communities. Students on expeditions have gained the confidence to widen their horizons.

Caroline, Travelling Teacher 2019

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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