Peru expeditions

Peru at a glance

Population: 30 million

Terrain: Mountains, beach, jungle, cloud forest, altiplano

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Peru

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Peru.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Santa Cruz

5 Days 

Approximately 40km of trekking takes you to the dizzying heights of 4,750m at the Punta Unión pass where you can marvel at the amazing views. You'll still have a lot to look forward to as you finish off the trek passing emerald lakes, waterfalls and alpine flowers as you descend into a valley.

5 Days 


Salkantay Trek

5 days

Feel like the first to follow in the steps of the Incas on our Salkantay trek. From Cusco, you will pass through valleys, Amazonian cloud forest and reach the highest point of 4,650m where you can add your stone to a pile offered as gifts to the mountain spirits as thanks for protecting you. And what could be better than ending  up at the perfect spot for visiting Machu Picchu?

5 days


The Andes

2 - 3  Days

There are numerous treks in the Cordillera Blanca region around Huaraz, including day walks to hot springs, and along spectacular valleys to glacier fed lakes. These treks range from 3,090m to 4,625m above sea level and will enable you to prepare for the tougher challenges to come.

2 - 3  Days


The land of the Condor

5 Days

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the area around the Colca Canyon makes for amazing trekking territory passing through rural villages and past towering volcanoes. The local climate produces updrafts on which huge Andean condors float at close range – just be careful where you step as you look up at them!

5 Days


Conservation projects in San Roque Communities

One World Challenge group worked with a local women's grassroots organisation to help promote their horticulture work, ornamental plants and recycling projects in a tree nursery built by a previous World Challenge team. They also built a small demonstration iron and cement rainwater-storage tank. In an area that is the most deforested in Peru, this now protected area really benefits from your help.

In-Country Agent

Maria Gracia

Maria Gracia is our In-Country Agent for Peru and is on hand to help out with anything you need on expedition. She has years of experience working with World Challenge groups and specialises in sustainable tourism. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, plus main indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara 
Time zone: GMT -5-6
Interesting fact: The Peruvian Amazon is home to giant river turtles, caiman, manatees, jaguar, water lilies big enough to sleep on, and pink dolphins.

Sacred Valley of the Incas

2 - 3 Days

Ruins, markets and villages abound in many of the day treks through the Sacred Valley near Cusco. These testing day walks will prepare you well for your main trek and give you the opportunity to adventure along routes once trekked by the mighty Incas themselves.

2 - 3 Days


Ancient ruins and cloud forest

4 Days

The Belén circuit passes through a stunning area principally known for its archaeological heritage. With fabulous valley views, sarcophagi and cloud forest, this trek will not only challenge you physically, but will satisfy cultural, historical and environmental interests too.

4 Days

Throughout Peru, the projects enable teams to experience the Peruvian way of life and culture first hand by working side-by-side with local communities. Depending on your community, you could be helping with constructing or renovating a local community building or school, teaching English to locals, or working on environmental-awareness programmes. On the Andes and Amazon itinerary, there is also the opportunity to work on sustainable eco-tourism projects, such as edible gardens, beekeeping and small eco-friendly businesses.

School Project – Peru 2014

Aberdeen Grammar Team 1 built a puppet theatre at Goyeneche Kindergarten in southern Peru during the Project Phase of their expedition. Watch the project come to life as the team stage their first puppet show in Spanish, filmed by Expedition Leader Rob Kenning.

Explore the Peruvian Amazon

Deep in the Amazon on this jungle phase you can learn about the native flora and fauna from your local guide.

With so much wildlife on land and in the river, you may even be lucky enough to spot the elusive jaguar or pink dolphins.

Rest & Relaxation

Explore Machu Picchu

An absolute must-see during any trip to southern Peru, a visit to Machu Picchu will perhaps leave you with many unanswered questions. Marvel over how the city was built, and how it remained undiscovered to the outside world until 1911.

Rest & Relaxation

Discover Peru by water

Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake, straddling the Peru-Bolivia border and home to the famous floating Uros islands. Made entirely from reeds which are partially edible, you can experience the unique way of life of these island dwellers.

Alternatively, for the adrenaline junkies among you, rafting down the Río Mayo is an action-packed adventure and the perfect way to see parts of northern Peru from a different perspective.

There's something for everyone in Peru! Head north to the Andes for fantastic trekking and travel up the Amazon to experience life in the jungle. Or head south down the Pacific coast, through the Colca Canyon, up to Lake Titicaca and across to the staggering Machu Picchu ruins and Cusco – the place the Incas called the navel of the world.
Hannah, our Peru Expedition Planning Manager

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Mountains, beach, jungle, cloud forest, altiplano