GOOD Travel is proud to have partnered again with Peruvian Hearts and Karin Nunan to bring you this once in a lifetime trip to Peru! This trip will provide moms and their kids (ages 6 to 16) with the unique opportunity to spend time immersed in Peruvian culture with the girls involved in Peruvian Hearts' projects. Every aspect of this trip – from the hotels to the llama hikes to the chocolate making - has been designed to ensure that the local community, economy and environment benefit from your visit.
Dates: June 29th - July 6th, 2019
Location: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
Group size: 10 moms/grandmas/aunts and up to 15 kids + trip facilitators
Highlights of the trip shared by last year’s participants:
- Spend time with like-minded moms and kids in a true community of travelers.
- Experience a fun, enjoyable, real vacation without having to worry about what is happening next.
- Understand the culture in Peru - something you can’t do from a tour bus.
- Create memories that moms and kids will share for their lifetimes.
- Show our kids how to be responsible travelers, kind and compassionate friends, researchers of new cultures, explorers of new experiences and appreciative of all they have. And prove to our formidable enemy - time - that we mom can connect with our kids in meaningful and memorable ways.
Cost (for deposits received by January 31st): $2600 for adults and $2200 for kids, including all accommodation, meals, activities, project donation and travel within Peru.
"I loved every bit of it and it was well worth travelling half way around the world for. I love the passion that the GOOD Travel team have for what they do - it's palpable and admirable - and it's so good to see that they are truly making a difference to so many lives." ~ Peru 2018 mom.
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 kids 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. In the afternoon, we'll head to a beautiful community center to play with the kids there and learn about their lives.
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!
Days 4 and 5: On day four, 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. We'll also have the next day to explore Machu Picchu a bit more before heading to the Sacred Valley in the afternoon.
Day 6: Today, we get to walk llamas and learn all about these (smelly but gorgeous!) animals and the work of the Llama Pack Project.
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 even learn how to make Peruvian chocolate – yummy! In the evening, we'll have a goodbye dinner with the Peruvian Hearts scholars.
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 29th: 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 an introduction from our partner, Peruvian Hearts.
June 30th: 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 community center on the mountains above Cusco to spend time having fun with the kids and their families as well as learning about their way of life. In the evening, we'll have dinner at the Peruvian Promise apartment and story time.
July 1st: 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 be prepared for a prompt start to visit Machu Picchu, one of the new Wonders of the World!
July 2nd: 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.
July 3rd: Machu Picchu
We'll have an additional morning to explore Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes before traveling to the Sacred Valley in the afternoon. We'll be staying in a rural eco hotel in the Sacred Valley and the owner will give us a tour of the hotel grounds and talk with us about the culture and way of life in this beautiful part of the world.
July 4th: Llama Pack Project
We'll spend the day with Llama Pack Project taking llamas for a walk to learn about these (smelly yet gorgeous!) animals and the work of the Llama Pack Project. In the late afternoon, we'll return to Cusco in time for a Moms night out!
July 5th: 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. We'll have time to share our stories and aspirations for the future.
July 6th: 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.
“We hiked Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, with a sustainable local tour company, and learned about the magnificent history of the Incas. We trekked through the Andes Mountains with conservationists from the Llama Pack Project who dedicate their lives to protecting llamas. We learned how to make Peruvian chocolate in a cacao workshop and we practiced weaving with communities who have not altered how they create textiles in hundreds of years. But what resonated most with our girls was the time spent with the Peruvian Hearts girls. And those moments and friendships will be what they take with them for life.” – Karin Nunan
The trip cost includes the following:
Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange:
To secure your spot on this trip, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person.
Please click on the pay now button below to pay your deposit of $1000. If you will be traveling with more than one child, please contact us and we will send you a different payment link. Before you make your payment, please make sure you’ve read and understood our terms of service. If there is anything in our terms of service that you’d like us to clarify, please contact us for more information.
The deadline for deposits is January 31st. However, please note that this trip is limited to a maximum of 10 moms so we recommend arranging payment as soon as possible to secure your spot. We will be accepting people on a first come, first served basis.