Program Details

Nothing can prepare you for the spectacular beauty of the Peruvian Andes. On this community service and cultural immersion adventure, the land of the Incas and the People of the Sun will entrance you with its remarkable history and welcoming inhabitants.
Location:
Lima, Peru
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

As we acclimate to the altitude, we explore cobblestone streets, colonial cathedrals, the historic Plaza de Armas and the bustling Mercado Central. Listen to indigenous musicians play traditional music on instruments made from reeds and wood. Learn the significance of the serpent, puma and condor as you investigate the ruins of once majestic cities — Sacsayhuamán, Qenko and Tambo Machay. Give your Spanish a try, bargaining for crafts with Quechua Indians and exploring the colorful market villages of Pisac and Chinchero.

After haveing a relaxing time in natural hot springs, we set off on a challenging, high Andes trek on the Inca Trail through mountains, valleys and rural villages. The highlight of our journey is Macchu Picchu, the world's most awe-inspiring archaeological site that remained hidden until less than a century ago. Wander through the ruins of temples, fountains and terraces built into a staggering mountainous landscape. Climb up Huayna Picchu to gaze back at “The Lost City of the Incas”. The panorama will leave you speechless.

Before we begin our community service, we head back into the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac, an idyllic setting for our Spanish studies. In this small paradise far from the tourist trail, we practice our new vocabulary among the locals. As a group, we live with our teachers, giving us ample opportunities to use our developing language skills as we prepare meals, try salsa dancing, visit the markets or explore the city.

After picking up supplies in the local markets, we travel into the Peruvian Amazon Basin. We visit the cloud forest of Peru, Villa Carmen and work alongside the local community to help replant plants, repair bridges and roads, and care for reptiles. We then go to Los Amigos Biological Station where we participate in reforestation and research projects.



Nothing can prepare you for the spectacular beauty of the Peruvian Andes. On this community service and cultural immersion adventure, the land of the Incas and the People of the Sun will entrance you with its remarkable history, welcoming inhabitants and breathtaking scenery. Once the largest civilization on earth, the legacy of the Inca Empire lives on today in its descendants, the Andean culture and the Inca language, Quechua. Travel back in time, trekking an ancient Incan trail on a journey to Machu Picchu, astounding ruins surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains. Explore villages to discover a blend of Inca and Colonial architecture and traditions. In Peru’s Sacred Valley spend time learning Spanish or building on what you already know. Then travel to the far reaches of the Northern Cordillera Blanca to embark on service work with Peace Corps volunteers and Quechua Indians. This extraordinary and rare opportunity allows you to experience Peru in a way few ever can.

Our programs are unrivaled because of Broadreach's unique blend of meaningful community service, cultural exploration and hands-on learning in truly spectacular destinations. Community service is an integral part of every Broadreach adventure, complementing and interwoven into the academic and cultural focus of the program. While making a real contribution to the communities we visit, service work provides rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, leadership development and cultural understanding, offering our students remarkable perspectives on other people and places, as well as their role in the world.

Setting Description:
What is Peru? Peru is hiking the Ancient Inca Trail to perhaps the world’s best known archaeological wonder (hint, its initial are M.P.) Peru is llamas and alpacas. Peru is learning Spanish in the Sacred Valley and picking up a few words in Quechua, a language spoken by Incan descendants. Peru is taking in the energy of Cusco, then releasing all of your energy into service projects in the Cordillera Negra. Peru is modern and ancient, peaks and valleys, and yours to discover. We fly into Cusco, a World Heritage Site littered with colorful people, museums, ruins, and colonial buildings built on top of stone laid by the Inca. Cusco is also the gateway to you guessed it, Machu Picchu — Peru’s jewel in the clouds. This incredible high-altitude city, inhabited by the Incas in the 15th century, wasn’t discovered until 1911. Despite what you might have read, no travel guide can prepare you for the first time you see it. It’s an experience that’s all yours. See how easy it is to get carried a

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