GOOD Travel is proud to have partnered with Karin Nunan and Peruvian Hearts to bring you this once in a lifetime trip to Peru! This trip will provide moms and their young girls (ages 5 to 16) with the unique opportunity to spend time with the girls involved in Peruvian Hearts' projects. Every aspect of this trip has been designed to ensure that the local community, economy and environment will benefit from your visit.
Dates: June 25th - July 2nd, 2018
Location: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
Group size: 10 moms and up to 15 daughters + trip facilitators
Earlybird Cost: $2,300 for moms and $1,900 for kids -including all accommodation, meals, activities, project donation and travel within Peru.
Your homework in advance is to research the words that appear in bold below and check out the web links. Then you can share your findings and/or your thoughts on our Group Facebook page!
Day 0: Before you head to Peru, it would be amazing if you can collect some funds or supplies to support the girls you will be meeting in Peru. If you are able to do any fundraising, 100% of the funds you raise will support Peruvian Hearts. If you would prefer to collect items, any of the following items would be really appreciated by the Peruvian Hearts scholars: women's hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, body lotion and warm women's clothing in excellent condition.
Day 1: Fly to Peru – home of Paddington Bear and the Amazon Rainforest! When we arrive into Cusco, we’ll be tired from the flight and will have the day to rest and play and get used to the new altitude! In the evening, we'll celebrate our arrival with a welcome dinner and we will learn all about the fun time we are going to have this week!
Day 2: Today is Kids Day!!! We'll spend the morning visiting the homes of some of the Peruvian Hearts scholars and we'll spend the afternoon at a children's home near Cusco. We'll do all sorts of fun activities with the girls who live in the home (dancing, singing, games, arts and crafts).
Day 3: Today we go by train to the village of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu – one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. After exploring the village, we'll get to sleep early so we can get up before the sun the next morning!
Day 4: Today we will wake bright and early to reach Machu Picchu before the sun (by practicing sustainable travel). After watching the sun rise, we'll have plenty of time to explore the ancient ruins (just like famous archaeologists) and play in the Andes mountains. After lunch, we get to take the train back to the Sacred Valley.
Day 5: In the morning, we'll visit the community of Huilloc to learn about the way of life in a traditional village in the mountains where people wear native Peruvian outfits and only speak Quechua. In the afternoon, we get to walk llamas and learn all about these animals and the work of the Llama Pack Project.
Day 6: Today we will go back to the home of one of the Peruvian Hearts scholars. We’ll help her and her family with a building project to make their home even more special.
Day 7: Today is our last day but we will be too busy to be sad. We’ll get to go shopping (with the help of mom) at fair trade markets and maybe even learn how to make Peruvian chocolate – yummy! In the evening, we'll have a goodbye dinner with the Peruvian Hearts scholars and hear all about their stories and the amazing things they have done with their education.
Day 8: Today although we have to fly home, we’ll be too excited about all the new friends we have made, the experiences we have shared and all the good we have done in Peru to be sad!
June 25th: Arrival in Cusco
On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by a representative from GOOD Travel and taken to your accommodation. You'll have the day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. In the evening, we'll celebrate your arrival with a welcome dinner and trip briefing.
June 26th: Kids day event
We'll spend the morning visiting the homes of some of the Peruvian Promise scholars. In the afternoon, we'll head to a children's home near Cusco. We'll hold a special kids day event with lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
June 27th: Aguas Calientes
We'll travel by train to the village of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. After exploring the village, we'll get an early night so that we can rise early the next day.
June 28th: Machu Picchu
We'll wake bright and early to reach Machu Picchu before the crowds. After watching the sun rise, we'll have plenty of time to explore the ruins and soak up the beauty of the Andes. In the afternoon, we'll return by train to the Sacred Valley.
June 29th: Village visit and Llama Pack Project
In the morning, we'll visit the home of one of the Peruvian Hearts scholars in the community of Huilloc in the mountains. In the afternoon, we'll spend the afternoon taking llamas for a walk to learn about these animals and the work of the Llama Pack Project.
June 30th: Project day
We'll return to home of one of the Peruvian Hearts scholars. We'll spend the day working alongside her family to paint their home and learn more about the opportunities and challenges of life in Peru.
July 1st: Final day in Cusco
We'll spend our final day back in Cusco where we'll have some free time to do some shopping at fair trade markets and take part in a Peruvian chocolate workshop. In the evening, we'll have a farewell dinner with the Peruvian Hearts scholars at their apartment. We'll have time to share our stories and aspirations for the future.
July 2nd: Departure
The trip ends here in Cusco.
Every aspect of the trip has been designed to ensure that the local community, economy and environment benefit from your visit. Throughout this trip. we will be staying in accommodation and working with tour companies that are proactively supporting the local community and environment. In addition, $100 of your trip fee will be donated directly to Peruvian Hearts. We will soon be able to confirm exactly how this donation will be used.
The trip will be led by Caitie Goddard from GOOD Travel and Karin Nunan. In addition, several local guides will be involved in every aspect of the trip.
The trip cost includes the following:
Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange: