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Your volunteer project will take place not far outside Cusco, with the Sacred Valley where your help can make a real difference to struggling communities. This challenge is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and to achieve goals as part of a team.
The trek challenges your physical fitness at high altitude and the rewards are spectacular as you discover the mysterious ruins of the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the spectacular Andes Mountains.
Discover the best of the old and new Peru with free time to explore Cusco, the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and home to the spectacular Palace of Inca Roca, and surrounding areas.
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. The next day you will have an orientation and you can explore the exciting mix of old and new civilizations of the archaeological capital of the Americas. You will also start to acclimatize to high altitudes.
As an international volunteer you will have a fantastic opportunity to give back by supporting local schools and community projects around the Sacred Valley. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities. This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate. Volunteers support the work of the FutureSense Foundation overseas. The foundation was established with the aim of making a real and sustainable difference to underprivileged communities around the world. By supporting the FutureSense Foundation today, you are supporting the development of stronger communities for tomorrow.
A stunning 5 day trek offering breathtaking views – you won’t want to put your camera away! Trek along the Salkantay route, which offers a spectacular alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Supported by horses and camp crew, you will be taken off the beaten trail and away from the crowds, as you traverse breathtaking mountain passes and remote villages. The trek reaches an altitude of 4,600m so you will need to be physically fit to take on this challenge. On the fifth day you reach the lost city of Machu Picchu itself, with sights that are guaranteed to leave you spellbound.
Depending upon you connecting flight home, you may have some free time to enjoy your remaining time in Peru. You will have a farewell meal with your new friends and then we will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport in good time for your return flight. Alternatively, you could take part in our overland tour and make it a true Peruvian Adventure!
Our journey begins with a three-hour trip across the majestic Andes mountain range to arrive in the traditional village of Paucartambo, which is known for its colonial bridge, “Carlos III,” its beautiful church, narrow stone streets, small plazas, and rich folklore. After a short visit in Paucartambo, we will continue our journey to the entrance of Manu National Park, one of the most protected natural areas in all of South America.
Waquecha Biological Station is located in one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, known as
the “cloud forest,” which functions like a giant sponge at the headwaters of the Amazon basin, absorbing rain and condensing the water into clouds that gradually release precipitation downstream.
These forests generate more than 50% of the water that is found in the lowland Amazon. Thanks to this complex topography, the result is an exceptional spectrum of habitats that sustain vast numbers of bird and orchid species.
In the afternoon, we will continue our visit to the station by walking along the Orchid Trail (400 meters), accompanied by our guide, Mariano. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to see more than 30 different species of orchids (during the flowering season). For the birdwatchers among us, Francisco will help us to observe a higher number of birds throughout the day. After dinner, we will have the opportunity to talk to station staff and to hear about their experiences in the field.
After a delicious breakfast, we will walk along the Canopy Walkway. This new form of art will give us a glimpse into where the water that feeds the gushing Amazonian rivers is born, show us how the eastern Andean cloud forest ecosystem functions, and allow us to take part in a unique educational experience that is the first of its kind in South America!
In the afternoon, we will pack our bags and load up in the car that will carry us to our Villa Carmen Biological Station. Along the way, we will see dwarf trees, giant trees, ferns, begonias, innumerable orchids, bromeliads, and diverse birdlife. We will also visit the hiding place of the Cock of the Rock, Peru’s national bird.
Today we will walk along Villa Carmen’s trails. We will begin the hike by passing through a small forest of bamboo and giant ferns to arrive at the Piñi Piñi river, where we will cross in a hanging funicular basket. For our return hike, we’ll pass by some small waterfalls of varying sizes. On this route, we will have the opportunity to see many colorful birds, such as tanagers, aracaris, and others. In the evening, we will have the option of a night hike to enjoy the incredible sounds of the rainforest.
After breakfast, we will prepare for a visit to the Santa Rosa de Huacaria Indigenous Community. The community is made up of 19 families with a total of 130 people, the majority of whom are of the Machiguenga ethnicity, although there are also community members from the Wachiperi and Quechua ethnicities. In addition to their rich culture, the community’s forests are home to a great diversity of plants, mammals, insects, amphibians, and birds. The community members will teach us how they create traditional handicrafts, including belts, bags, and necklaces made from different fibers and natural seeds.
The men will also teach us out to make the bows and arrows that they use for hunting and fishing. Finally, we will taste a typical lunch such as Pacamoto or Paco (a very delicious native fish) cooked between bamboo leaves. After lunch, we will return to the station.
Today we will visit trails from the Station so we start a hike through the Bamboo vegetation and Tree Fern for a short section trail until we get to see the Piñi Piñi river, this is where we have a cable car (Oroya) to come across the river with spectacular views then we continue our walk throughout a dense primary forest up and down hills so today we will enjoy a refreshing water of a waterfall as we walk we have chance to find Tanagers, Aracaris and some mammals like monkey’s species.
After breakfast, we will return once again to the city of Cusco for a relaxing evening.
Today you will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home.
|Contact Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|All Students||30th June – 21st July 2018
(Ext. 28th July)
|Griffith Students (Jack Shepherd)||27th October – 17th November 2018
(Ext. 24th November)
|All Students||14th July – 3rd August 2018
(Ext. 10th August)
|All Students||24th November – 15th December 2018
(Ext. 22nd December)
|WA Students||29th June – 20th July 2019
(Ext. 26th July)
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.