Significance Adventure: PERU

Ages 18+ 

September 8 - 19, 2018


$3,675

Peru is one of the most intriguing and cultural countries. Our Significance Adventure team will mainly explore Cusco, working with local organizations and charities as distribute food and medicine to impoverished, remote villages, serve in one of the many local orphanages that house hundreds of forgotten and abandoned children, many who have been rescued from the snares of sex trafficking. and many more options.

There are so many villages outside of Cusco, tucked in the mountains, with only dusty, dirt roads that reach them. We will visit some of these villages, sharing love, distributing food and medicine, playing soccer with the kids and eating with the families. Through translators, you will have the chance to share your story and show your gifts and talents to those in need.

You will be stretched emotionally as you begin to give back to those less fortunate.  You will be stretched physically as we walk the cobble-stoned alleyways of Cusco, dusty roads of remote villages,  and the magnificent inclined steps of Machu Picchu.  This trip will allow us to meet the wonderful Peruvian people (in a non-touristy way) and have the chance to make a small impact in their communities.

WHAT IS COVERED UNDER YOUR TRIP COST:
- Round-trip international flight from Miami, Florida to Lima, Peru and local flight to Cusco, Peru
- Embassy Suites hotel accommodations (or similar) in Miami
- Hotel accommodations in Lima, Cusco, and Ollantaytambo
- All in-country transportation to/from airports and to/from outreaches, throughout the trip
- Daily meals (3 per day) in Miami during training and all in-country meals (3 per day)
- Appropriate daily bottled water, Trip t-shirt, Medical Emergency Insurance

- ALL Free Day Excursions, Zip-line, ATV Tour, and Machu Picchu

WHAT IS NOT COVERED UNDER YOUR TRIP COST:
- Domestic flight from your hometown to Miami, FL
- Passport - apply for your passport no later than August 1, 2017

- Immunizations (see CDC button)
- Snacks in all transit airports
- Meals before Training at 6:00 p.m. or while waiting for your flight home on the departure date.
- Souvenirs
- Any hotel accommodations in Miami before or after trip dates

2018 Basic Trip Itinerary ( Subject to change...A comprehensive itinerary will be sent 60 days prior to the trip.)

Day 1 (8th): Miami.
Once you arrive, we will meet you at the airport and that evening have dinner together and begin our team training. During this time, we will have some team bonding time, and we will go over trip logistics, rules, safety, cultural items, team communication, schedule. 

Accommodation: Embassy Suites Miami Airport. 

Day 2 (9th): Miami to Lima.
Depart for Lima (International ticket confirmation will be sent to you 30 days prior to departure.) We arrive in Lima in the evening. After meeting our local contacts in the airport, we will head to our hotel, regroup, and get some sleep. 

Accommodation: Radisson Hotel Miraflores (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 (10th): Lima
On our first day in Lima, we will be involved with a couple local charities that really have made a big impact in and around Lima. We will be part of an medical outreach to orphans in the impoverished barrios. In the afternoon we will explore "Old Lima", visit an amazing catacomb in the basement of a Spanish church, eat gelato and then enjoy dinner at the famous Larco-Mar.

Accommodation: Radisson Hotel Miraflores (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 (11th): Lima-Cusco

We will take an early morning flight to Cusco. After drinking some “coca” tea to help acclimate to the 11,000 ft. elevation of Cusco, we will spend part of the day visiting an orphanage. Doing some make-overs for the girls (rescued from sex-trafficking,) games with the children, storytelling, playing, and loving on the kids make a huge impact in their lives. The afternoon will be spent taking a tour of Cusco and the many side streets, cafes, restaurants, and museums. Later that evening we will get some wood-fired pizza, hang out at the Plaza de Armas (main square), grab a little latte, dessert and wifi at a local cafe, and then head back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Pasada Inn (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 (12th): Cusco

Remote village food outreach. We will be singing, playing games, and sharing stories to the children of a local Peruvian village we are helping. We will also be distributing food, medicine, and soccer balls. Evening team dinner.

Accommodation: Pasada Inn (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 (13th): Quad ATV Tour and Zipline

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast and an adventurous Quad Bike ATV tour of Moray, Maras, and the Salt mines and then experience a breath-taking Zip-line excursion.

Accommodation: Las Chullpas Eco-Friendly Lodge (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 (14th): Village Day. Today our team will visit a local village and help a family harvest potatoes, learn all about ancient, Incan weaving techniques, pet Alpacas and spend time with the families of the village.

Accommodation: La Pasada (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 (15th): Machu Picchu Tour

Take the Inca Rail to one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu! Take a guided exploration of the ruins, then souvenir shop/grab some refreshments in Aguas Calientes. Train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.

Accommodation: Pasada Inn (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 (16th): Cusco

Early morning at the ZIPLINE, which is seriously a “wonder” itself, or spend the morning a one of the many wonderful cafes at the Plaza de Armas! A relaxing day enjoying the streets, shops, restaurants, cafes, and markets of Cusco. Take advantage of some free time to souvenir shop in one of the best and largest markets in Peru. *There will be options to visit one of the many orphanages in Cusco.

Accommodation: Pasada Inn (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 (17th): Cusco/Lima

Breakfast and an early afternoon flight to Lima. We will spend an early evening eating dinner together, visiting Larco Mar, and maybe watching/playing a little late night soccer.

Accommodation: Radisson Hotel Miraflores (or similar) Overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 (18th): Depart Lima for Miami, team debrief and farewell dinner party. Overnight at Embassy Suites

Day 12 (19th): Depart anytime for home. 

Health-Extended Trip

Altitude – Our trip to Cusco, Peru, will take us to remote regions at high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly by allowing for additional rest. When gaining in altitude above 10,000 feet, we have included sufficient rest or “layover” time to ensure that you acclimatize properly. While many people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms that require returning to a lower altitude. We do our best to allow everyone a chance to acclimatize. We cannot determine how you will do at higher altitudes, but being in the best shape possible and having a lower body fat percentage will help greatly. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting this adventure. If you are over fifty years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG.” Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Peru are not reliable or guaranteed, though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip.

Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Malaria pills, as well as any prescriptions you are currently taking or should take in case you get sick.

See Center for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for Peru.

The duration of training is tailored to each individual trip. For our trip to Peru it will be the evening of January 20th, and we will depart for Peru on the 21st. All domestic flights home can be booked anytime on February 1.