PERU VOLUNTOURISM

Experience the unique opportunity to take part in voluntourism with WWTrek sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project (HOP). We can customize an adventure of a lifetime that will simultaneously benefit local communities.

Plan a stand-alone voluntourism trip or add a project onto a WWTrek adventure. Help install solar panels, or build a computer center, visit Machu Picchu, trek through some of the most beautiful wilderness with views of the Andes or do it all!

HOP Projects in Peru

Since 2014, Human Outreach Project has sponsored the annual Pashpa Village Chocolatada Festival by providing food, traditional drinks, and gifts. In 2016, we began construction of a solar-powered computer center in Pashpa, followed by a second computer center in the nearby village of Huaripampa, to connect the villages to the world and empower them.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

Check out this itinerary for inspiration and then call us! We will work with you to create your perfect trip.

Day 1: Arrive in Huaraz (10,138')

  • Arrive in Huaraz
  • WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and bring you into Huaraz to explore for the morning
  • Welcome orientation and gear check
  • Group dinner and evening entertainment at hotel
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 2: Transfer from Huaraz to Cashapampa (9,514') then Trek to Llamacorral Camp (12,139')

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the trailhead Cashapampa
  • Trek to Llamacorral Camp
  • Overnight: Llamacorral Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Trek from Llamacorral Camp to Alpamaya South Base Camp (13,994') to Taullipampa (13,780')

  • After breakfast, trek past lakes Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha
  • Lunch at Quisuar
  • Photo at Alpamayo South Base Camp
  • Trek to Taullipampa
  • Overnight: Taullipampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Taullipampa to Punta Union Pass (15,584') to Cachinapampa (12,139')

  • Trek to Punta Union Pass
  • Hike down to Paria
  • Trek to Cachinapampa
  • Overnight: Cachinapampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Cachincapampa to Paccharuri (13,451')

  • After breakfast, hike down to Vaqueria
  • Trek to Paccharuri
  • Overnight: Paccharuri Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Paccharuri to Portachuelo Pass (15,584') to Cebollapampa Camp (12,795')

  • Trek over Portachuelo Pass
  • Trek to Cebollapampa
  • Overnight: Cebollapampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Cebollapampa Camp to 69 Lake (15,092') to Huaraz

  • After breakfast, trek to 69 Lake
  • Trek  back to Cebollapampa Camp for lunch
  • Drive
  • Celebration dinner
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: International Departures

  • Transfer back to airport for international departures
  • Meals included: B

Machu Picchu Extension

Day 11: Machu Picchu Extension

  • Transfer back to airport – fly to Cusco
  • Arrive in Cusco and transfer to El Mercado
  • Afternoon/evening at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Travel to Aguas Calientes

  • After breakfast, transfer via the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Afternoon/evening at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: Inkaterra
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Machu Picchu Sanctuary

  • Bus ride at 6am to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • 3-hour guided tour of the Sanctuary
  • Guided trip up to Huayna Picchu
  • Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge
  • 5pm train – Hiram Bingham Express – back to Poroy
  • Ride bus to Cusco
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 14: International Departures

  • After breakfast, transfer to Cusco airport for international departures
  • Meals included: B

Dinner Add-On Final Evening

Day 14: Departure Day with Dinner

  • Breakfast
  • 11am check out of El Mercado
  • Transfer to Cusco airport
  • Greet upon arrival in Lima in the Domestic Zone after you have passed through the baggage claim
  • Greeter will hold a sign with your name on it
  • Transfer to Lima’s main square
  • Very brief walkabout around the square
  • Private dinner with at Casa de Aliaga (with welcome cocktails and hors d’oevres)
  • Guided tour of the house and dine with guests by Maru de Aliaga
  • Transfer back to the airport and assistance with check-in
  • Meals included: B/D

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

The Peruvian winter (May through September) provides the best traveling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will fly into and out of Cusco International Airport (CUZ).

* Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel, is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Cusco. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel to Peru. You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to World Wide Trekking 90 days before your departure date. Always carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in lavish lodgings such as the Andino Club Hotel in Huaraz. Enjoy full service while hiking through Puerta Union Pass to the Cachinapampa Base Camp. Finish out your trip with our Machu Picchu extension adventure or one of our service projects.

TRANSPORTATION:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light with just your daypack. Porters and pack animals will carry all other bags and equipment.

MEALS:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, cooks, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium AD, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264.

 

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend doing some research on the current rate before your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide at the airport. It is easy to exchange money at gift shops both in Cusco and in the smaller villages we will visit. You can exchange money as you go on your trek, using your credit card for your personal expenses at the lodge (or cash if you so choose). Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses and souvenirs.

 

TIME ZONE:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.

 

MONEY:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.