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Volunteering in Peru

Inca Village & Machu Picchu

This is an incredible adventure as you journey to Machu Picchu and are mesmerized by this mysterious and ethereal place. The panoramic views of huge stone blocks aligned to astronomical events will take your breath away.

High up in the Andes are the remote and hidden villages you will be working and spending one night in. You will be helping local families to build greenhouses to increase the food supply and extend the short growing season that exists at such high altitude. Families here often suffer from malnutrition so you will see the value of what you do!

If cultural experiences are your thing then you will love this program, not only will you be making a difference to local people but you will get to wander the lanes of Cusco, speak Spanish, try your hand at cooking Peruvian dishes, learn to make Chicha (a local corn beer) and practice your salsa dancing!!

You will visit natural hot springs, zip line across valleys, jungles and rivers and get to experience the thrill of white water rafting. A visit to the Sacred Valley and a visit to the "Moray Ruins" by mountain bike and a trek to the Peruvian salt mines, the 'Salineras' of the Sacred Valley.


You will be totally immersed in the local culture as you learn to cook Peruvian dishes, speak Spanish, and learn to make Chicha (corn beer) wander the lanes of Cusco, and practice your salsa dancing! You will take a mountain bike tour of the Sacred Valley and visit the 'Moray Ruins', unknown to most tourists and trek to the Peruvian salt mines, the 'Salineras' of the Sacred Valley.

Weather conditions in the high mountains can vary greatly particularly in the winter period. As such the itinerary is subject to change if conditions require us to take a safer option. This can mean that the journey on the Inca Trail may not be available if the conditions are considered unsafe by our local guides.

This is an experience you will never forget!

Arrival Day Departure Day Status
07-May-17 20-May-17 Vacancies
28-May-17 10-Jun-17 Vacancies
18-Jun-17 01-Jul-17 Vacancies
09-Jul-17 22-Jul-17 Vacancies
19-Nov-17 02-Dec-17 FULL
10-Dec-17 23-Dec-17 FULL
07-Jan-18 20-Jan-18 Vacancies

 

 

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

Your team leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals area of Cusco airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them! If you get in before dinner, enjoy a guided walking tour around Cusco. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time.

If you have any problems on your way to Cusco (flight delay, lost luggage etc) contact your team leader Yieber Cueva asap. Email: peru@rovolunteers.com

Optional activities in Cusco:

  • Visit the plazas around the city.
  • Relax at your accommodation.
  • Walk to the city heights to oversee Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Days 2: Monday - Transport to Urubamba

6:30 -7:45 am – Breakfast (all meals are either kindly provided by the local people at the work sites or will be at a restaurant designated by your team leader).
8:00 am – Depart for Urubamba, this is approximately a one-hour journey but we will make stops along the way!
9:00 am – Stop at Mirador de Chinchero. Here, you will visit a local family who will show you how textiles are made and colored in a traditional Incan way!
10:00 am – Stop in Mirador Sacred Valley and visit the Misminay Community, where you will be working on the project. You’ll meet the local families and be welcome in the ancient way with KANTU sacred flowers.
11:00 am – Stop in Mirador de Urubamba and settle into your accommodation.
12:00 pm – Lunch by Mama Rosa y Mister Basilio.
2:00 pm – Walking tour of Urubamba.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
After dinner, the volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 3 -7: Tuesday - Saturday - Project work in the community

6:30 -7:45 am – Breakfast.
8:00 am – Depart for Misminay Community and begin project work. Project work may include but isn’t limited to building greenhouses, planting food, and building smoke ventilation cook tops.
12:00 pm – Lunch.
1:00 pm – Project work in Misminay Community.
4:00 pm – Return to accommodation in Urubamba.
5:00 pm - Cooking lesson
6:00 pm – Dinner.
Volunteers will have free time in the evening. Each night, your team leader may arrange Spanish lessons, walks to watch the sunset, anthropology lessons, salsa dancing lessons, or trips to the markets.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel. *Please note, one night may be a homestay.

Day 8: Sunday - Farewell to Urubamba

6:30 -7:45 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Depart for Misminay Community and enjoy your last morning. Volunteers will spend time playing with the children, giving donations, and presenting their finished projects!
12:00 am – Lunch in Urubamba.
2:00 pm – Depart for Ollantaytambo, your home for the next few days! This journey will be an hour or less.
3:00 pm – Arrive in Ollantaytambo and settle in to your accommodation.
4:00 pm – Enjoy a walking tour of Ollantaytambo.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
After dinner, volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel

Day 9: Monday - Adventure Day!

6:30 -7:45 am – Breakfast.
8:00 am – Depart for Raqcchi.
9:00 am – Everyone gets to go zip lining! This activity will be about 2-3 hours.
12:00 pm – Afterwards, everyone will walk to Raqcchi Inka Place to enjoy lunch.
1:00 pm – Everyone will ATV towards Cruzpata, Tiobamba and Salineras to see the salt mines!
5:00 pm – Return to Accommodation.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
After dinner, volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 10: Tuesday - Machu Picchu

5:30 am – Breakfast. After breakfast, everyone will head to the train station.
6:40 am – Everyone will take a scenic train ride over the Andes and Sacred Valley.
THIS WILL BE A FULL DAY HIKING MACHU PICCHU! Around noon, enjoy the most scenic lunch you’ll ever have!
Guided trip of Machupicchu and free time to explore and walk to San gate and Inca Bridge.
5:00 pm – Bus back to aguas calientes to catch the train.
7:00 pm – Train back to Ollantaytambo.
8:00 pm – Dinner at a restaurant.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Days 11: Wednesday - Transport Day

6:30 -7:45 am – Breakfast.
8:00 am – Transport to Pisaq. This trip will take a little over an hour.
9:00 am – On the way to Pisaq, we will visit Trip to Chicheria to learn about the traditional process of making “Chicha” (corn juice / Inca beer).
12:00 pm – Lunch at a restaurant in Pisaq.
1:00 pm – After lunch, everyone will transport from Pisaq to Cuzco. This trip will take about one hour.
2:00 pm – We will stop at Santuario Animal Cochahuasi to learn about Peruvian animals. Don’t worry, there will be heaps of photo opportunities!
3:00 pm – visit the baby alpaca factory and learn about Alpaca and Vicuña hair that is part of Peru's ancient heritage
4:00 pm – Arrive at accommodation in Cuzco.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
After dinner, volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 12: Thursday - River Rafting **This is an optional Add On**

6:00-7:00 am – Breakfast.
7:30 am– Depart for the south valley to go white water rafting!
THIS WILL BE A FULL DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING! Around noon, you will once again enjoy a very scenic lunch!
6:00 pm – Dinner.
After dinner, volunteers will have free time.

For those not White Water Rafting

8:00 am – breakfast
9:00 am – visit Cathedral, Koricancha
12:00 pm – lunch
2:00 pm visit the Coca museum
3:00 pm free time to explore the town 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 13: Friday - Last Day in Cusco

7:00-8:00 am – Breakfast.
9:00 am – Walking exploration of the city and handicraft and local markets.
11:00 am – Visit the Choco Museum!! Any sweet tooth’s out there??
12:00 pm – Lunch.
After lunch, volunteers will have free time to explore and enjoy their last day in Cuzco.
7:00 pm – Your team leader will arrange a nice dinner for everyone’s last night at the Marcelo Batata restaurant!
After dinner, volunteers will have free time. Your team leader will likely organize a special outing after dinner to celebrate your trip and enjoy the last night together.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hostel.

Day 14: Saturday - Departure Day

You will be dropped off at the airport with ample time before your flight. Please be ready and waiting in the lobby with your luggage at the time allocated by your team leader.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.

Accommodation:

In Cusco: You will be staying at a warm and comfortable hostel in the center of Cusco, which is close to restaurants, markets and shops. Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender, in twin or triple share rooms. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks. The Hostel comes with unlimited drinking water and snacks. Venue also has 24 hour security and wifi availability.

In Urumbamba: Comfortable Hostel style accommodation in a remote village. Volunteers in shared accommodation separated by gender. The views over the village are wonderful.

Extension Description
Peru: Peruvian Adventure
Hidden amongst the high Andes are remote villages where you will work alongside village families to build greenhouses.
Peruvian Adventure
Work alongside village families to build greenhouses. Journey to Machu Picchu and be mesmerized by this ethereal place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival and Departure

Arrival Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ), PERU
Departure Airport: Cusco International Airport (CUZ), PERU

Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.

Airport Collection Times: 6am -10pm on arrival & departure day.

  • Generally all our programs start on Sunday and finish on Saturday.
  • If you are doing an extension after the program please check the relevant Arrival & Departure tab on the program page to confirm your departure airport. If you are unsure email us at admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm.
  • If your flight is delayed and you are landing after the arrival date we can still collect you but a private collection fee will apply.
  • If you have purchased an extra day before or after your program a private collection will be arranged for you. This is included in the fee for the extra day.
  • If you are arriving early or departing late and have not organised an extra day on program with us you will be responsible for your own transfer & accomodation.

 

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.

We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;

  • Overseas medical costs
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs

Visas

It is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program, and the information below serves as a guide only.

Citizens of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US do not need visas. If you are not a citizen of these countries please check the website of your nearest Peruvian embassy.

If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team and email at admin@rovolunteers.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you go…

Check:
  • If you are arriving early - you have purchased an extra night add on and sent an email to admin@rovolunteers.com to confirm, otherwise we will assume you are making your own way to the accommodation on the first day of the program.
  • If you have any long layovers, you may wish to do some research on the airport, check out the following site: http://www.sleepinginairports.net
Pack:
  • We recommend bringing a wifi enabled device in case of delays or issues so you can send and receive email. Also, carry a charging cable and a mini-power pack to recharge the device. (If you are delayed you may spend a lot of time on the phone to insurers and loved ones).
  • Put any medicines and valuables in your carry on luggage so you still have them if your luggage is delayed/lost in transit.
  • Don't forget to bring some warm clothes, toiletries and entertainment in your carry on luggage!
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing for the climate you are arriving into - look through the get ready information, and also check some weather reports before you leave.
  • If you want to, bring along some donations for the community you will be visiting
  • For some travel packing tips, check out: http://www.marieclaire.com/travel/a17001/packing-tips-tricks-travel
Day of departure:
Arrival…
  • If you are arriving on the first day of program, a team leader wearing a ROV T-Shirt will be waiting at the airport from 8am - Midnight.
  • If you are arriving a day early, the team leader will pick you up at the time specified on your ROV program.
  • If you are delayed and unable to contact us, you should make your way to the accommodation listed in your pre departure email.

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