program Volunteer Machu Picchu Inca Trail
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Volunteer Machu Picchu Inca Trail

Cuzco, Peru

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.

Hidden amongst the high Andes are remote villages where you will work alongside village families to build greenhouses. These extend the short growing season to increase the food supply to families with children that often suffer from malnutrition. You can spend one night living with the family for whom you are building the greenhouse.


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.

You will visit natural hot springs, zip-line across valleys, jungles and rivers and experience white water rafting. To finish off this incredible adventure, you will trek to Machu Picchu in time to see the sun-set over the ancient ruins. The following morning you will head back to Machu Picchu to see the sun rise over the valleys. To see Machu Picchu at two amazing moments and help remote families that need it the most, volunteer on this project.

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

Arrival and Departure Airport

The program commencement date is the arrival day and the last day of the program is the departure day .You will land and depart at Cusco International Airport (CUZ), PERU.

On arrival day you can land any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and there will be a Team Leader meeting you at the airport.

On departure day you can fly out any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight.

If you are landing outside this pick time contact us at admin@rovolunteers.com

Participants are responsible for their own transfer and accommodation arrangements if arrival is prior to the program commencement day. Alternate times can be arranged but may incur an additional cost

For ANY Reach Out Volunteer program extensions either before or after your program, please check ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE and AIRPORT details on that project page and confirm with admin@rovolunteers.com prior to making any bookings.

Insurance

Did you know you can book Travel Insurance by just clicking on the Flights and Insurance button below?

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 (these amounts are listed as a guide only);

  • Overseas medical costs between $1,000,000.00 (For US citizens this level of cover may not be available.)
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation $500,000.00
  • Cancellation costs $3,500.00
  • Trip interruption costs $2,500.00
Flights and Insurance
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.

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 Lucana asap. Email: yieberperu@gmail.com Phone: +51 969 703 236

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.



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