LOCATION: CUSCO • COST: $3150 • AGE: 16-19 • AIRPORT: LAX

Video Creator: Lauren Bushman


OVERVIEW

Peru is famous for its breathtaking ancient city, Machu Picchu. Once the center of the ancient Incan Empire, Peru is a developing country and our expeditions there offer exposure to some of the most extreme poverty. The local wards and stakes are enthusiastic and you will fall in love with the people of Peru. Just a heads up – because Cusco is a high altitude location (7,000-11,000 feet), we encourage those with any medical conditions such as heart conditions or asthma to consult with their physician before signing up for this trip.


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

The current poverty rate in Peru is around 30% and is higher (55%) in some rural areas. In Peru, many individuals living below the poverty line do not have access to education. Despite claiming the oldest university in the Americas (founded in 1551), Peru is known for having its school children drop out in order to work and support their families. It is estimated that up to 1 in 6 Peruvian children between the ages of 6 and 14 drop out of school, often to work in dangerous mining or construction jobs. For others, education is simply not accessible due to a lack of infrastructure. 

Access to water, sanitation, and the housing gap remain barriers for overcoming poverty in Peru according to the World Bank. Additionally, healthcare is decentralized and not all Peruvians have access to adequate healthcare. 


SIGHTSEEING

You will take a scenic train ride through the majestic Peruvian Andes before arriving at the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This lost city (which wasn’t rediscovered until 1911) has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will also explore Cusco, the epicenter of the ancient Incan empire. 

 


TEMPLE

You’ll have the incredible opportunity to visit the Lima temple, which was one of the first temples ever built in South America. After the recent announcement of another temple in Lima, it will share the distinction with Manila, Philippines as the first cities outside of Utah to have two temples in one city. 

 

 


PERU

Cuy, or guinea pig, is a delicacy in Peruvian cuisine.. best served deep fried!

Of the 10 million alpacas in the world, around 7.5 million of them are located in Peru.

The deepest canyon in the world, Cotahuasi Canyon, is also found in Peru. It is almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

The Incan Empire was larger than imperial Rome at its peak. It included almost 25,000 miles of roads and relied on a network of chasquis (runners) to keep the kingdom connected.

Peru has the oldest tradition of hand-weaving and spinning textiles in the world.

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 

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