Best known for its ancient Incan history, Peru offers an incredible family
experience. Artistically, the caliber of crafts, textiles and music is nothing less than amazing.
Learning the ancient and colonial history along with the current
agricultural focus is fascinating. And connecting with the people and the
deep spiritual fabric of this region will change you for the better.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Peru special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
EXPLORE PERUVIAN MUSIC
ATTEND A CHERANGO
Visit a private charango workshop where you meet a traditional Cuzqueño luthier and learn how charangos, ronrocos, bandurrias and other unique Andean instruments are hand-made.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
ATTEND A COCO LEAF
CEREMONY WITH A
Meet a Cuzqueño shaman for a traditional coca leaf ceremony, a highly traditional practice that continues to
play an integral role in Andean society to this day
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
UNDERSTAND THE CHOCOLATE
VISIT THE MUSEO CHOCO
Participate in a hands-on cacao-making workshop at Museo Choco, an artisanal chocolate factory that sources and processes the best cacao beans in Peru and transforms them into delicious Peruvian chocolates.
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
Volunteering in the Rural Yachaq Communities
Experience the ancient agricultural techniques that are used in indigenous communities throughout the Sacred Valley and beyond. Visit a rural ayllu (community) to help in the fields with planting, sowing, or harvesting, depending on the time of the year. Led by local Quechua guides and translated into English, this immersive half-day volunteering experience takes you to a mountain village on the outskirts of the Sacred Valley. Here you will spend a half-day learning about different Andean crops, agricultural techniques, and the various rituals that take place within the agrarian calendar year. You will sow and harvest native products using the same ancient tools that the ancestors of the Inca have used for centuries. Continue on an interactive walking tour of the community, discovering traditional activities such as hand-weaving and fermenting corn to make chicha. The experience will be facilitated by a local guide who will help translate between English and Spanish/Quechua and includes a traditional Cuzqueño lunch.
Volunteer in the Organic Garden and Discover Deep-Rooted Musical Traditions at the Kusi Kawsay School
Kusi Kawsay is a Waldorf-inspired school situated on the outskirts of the Sacred Valley. Rooted in local Andean tradition, Kusi Kawsay aims to serve as an educational model which will inspire other indigenous schools to approach learning through a sensitive and stimulating environment while honoring and celebrating traditional ways of life. By supporting traditional cultural practices, children will embrace the ecological mindfulness of their ancestors, and help foster a balanced ecosystem.
During this interactive half-day exchange, you will volunteer with students at the Kusi Kawsay school, helping with local projects, working side-by-side with local students in the organic garden, and learning about the Andean agrarian calendar (which their school calendar is based on), and all of the important rituals throughout the year. These include planting, harvesting, and the pilgrimage to the sacred ice (this is what Holly Wissler’s first documentary, Qoyllur Rit’i, is about). As a portion of the trip, there will be a donation per student made towards Kusi Kawsay, which will help sponsor poor students who cannot pay and have to walk 2 hours one-way to school from remote villages.
Cultural Exchange with a Q’ero Family (Special Request Only, Subject to Availability)
During this exclusive exchange, ethnomusicologist and Quechua cultural expert Holly Wissler will come to the Sacred Valley with a family from Q’eros, a highly traditional indigenous group that lives at 14,000 ft. above sea level in the remote Andes Mountains. During the exchange at a local chichería, Holly will provide contextual understanding for who the Q’eros are and shed light on the traditional Q’ero way of life. You will learn about the community’s unique cosmovision and how their ancient roots continue to resonate through their dress, music, textiles, and other aspects of their personal lives. Prior to the journey, you will be sent Holly’s documentary “Kusisqa Waqashayku,” which sheds light on deep-rooted Q’eros traditions and musical rituals. The proceeds from this documentary help support the Q’eros’ unique cultural customs and educate families about the unique customs of the indigenous family they are going to meet in Peru. After Holly’s presentation with the Q’eros, the kids will have room to play in the backyard while teens and young adults chat and play sapo over a cold glass of chicha de jora or chicha morada. If you would like, you can ask the Q’eros to make an offering to the mountain gods and mother earth, asking for support or guidance in a particular matter, or simply asking for a good journey! Since the Q’ero community is monolingual Quechua, all dialogue between you and the Q’eros (with Holly translating from English to Quechua).
Note: Only available June through August when Holly Wissler is available. You may also choose to extend your stay an extra night in Cusco for a Q’eros homestay and volunteer experience.
Ages to Travel
It is recommended that children be 6 years of age or older at the time of travel to ensure they can experience this Global CommUnity itinerary in its fullest.
Time of Year to Travel
Available All Year but the Inca Trail closes in February so the KM104 hike won’t be available during that time.
Travel Documents Required
No visa is required for this destination for a stay of up to 183 days. Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, you must:
It is recommended that you confirm with your airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa.
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.
TRAVELER'S FORMS It is imperative that we have full names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and completed Traveler’s Forms at the time of booking to secure train and hotel reservations.
INCA TRAIL PERMITS Inca Trail permits are very high on demand and frequently sell out several months in advance. Travelers wishing to add the one-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hike should book at least four months in advance. To make the reservation, passport number, full names, and dates of birth are required as well as a $94 non-refundable, non-exchangeable fee for the Inca Trail permit.