Volunteering Solutions provides a thrilling opportunity to do a 2-week volunteer trip along with weekdays and weekend excursions for the volunteers with a combination of volunteer programs and weekdays, weekend excursions to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Humantay lagoon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and tour to one of the most historic and cultural sites in Cusco.
This program is particularly convenient for volunteers who do not have time to commit to a month or more of volunteering abroad but would like to make some contribution and also travel along with other volunteers on the weekends to one of the most spectacular places in Peru.
Day 1 Sunday: Cusco airport pick up and transfers to volunteer residence or host families to unpack and rest.
Day 2 Monday: Orientation and Walking City Tour
You will receive the walking city tour and program orientation in the morning to have the rest of the day to explore the city,
Days 3 – 13: Intercultural projects
Our Social projects seek to contribute to the development of the poorest families in our population, principally in poor rural areas and marginalized urban areas weekdays them to attain integral human development, which translates into better living conditions in harmony with nature. Volunteers will be working in rural nursery schools where there is just 1 teacher for 30 little kids aged between 3 and 5 years old. During those two weeks, you will be helping four hours daily from Monday to Friday. You will provide care, love, and attention for these children as well as assisting the Peruvian staff at the projects.
Day 14 Saturday: Goodbye Cusco
You can spend your last day saying goodbye to Cusco and shopping or continues traveling around Peru. This is your last morning at your homestay.
Day 6 Friday: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Hiking Tour
The marvel to discover the Andean life happens today. Today, you’ll hike through the fields full of alpacas and llamas, red mountains, snowy peaks or lakes, and amazing Andean views.
We pick you up around 4:00 a.m. then we’ll travel 02 and ½ hours on a bus to Pitumarca where you’ll have a delicious breakfast after we continue to K’ayrawiri (4326 mts. /14192 fts.) this is the trailhead where we start the hiking. We walk 3 to 4 hours uphill where you will find a beautiful landscape, big mountain and local people with the typical clothes of their daily life, you will find big groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, also small lagoons created by the thaws of the glaciers, once you arrive at the summit (5020 mts. / 16469 Fts.) you will have free time to rest and to take your pictures. If you are good and want to continues discovering the marvel of the Andes, we start to go back by a different way, the “Red Valley”, a red mountain soil, they look pretty nice, this will be other three to four hours walk downhill to arrive again in Japura where you will have a comforting lunch, then we will bring you back to Cusco (arrival around 6:30 or 7:30 p.m.)
Day 7 Saturday: Free day to rest or explore Cusco by yourself
Day 8 Sunday: Sacred Valley tour connection to Aguas Calientes
Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas - go on a guided tour to visit the beauty of Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo ruins, and small towns around followed a lunch in a traditional Inca restaurant. Then take the Train at Ollantaytambo to overnight in Aguas Calientes town to visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary the next day.
Day 9 Monday: Machu Picchu Tour
Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos; where we feel our fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America, a resting place of butterflies in the epicenter of the great circle of life.
Early in the morning, you will depart from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu sanctuary by 15 minutes bus up; the guided tour will guide you for 2 hours at the Sanctuary. Then you will be free to explore Machu Picchu with you. You will back in Cusco around midnight.
Day 13 Friday: Hike to Humantay Lake
A day full of beautiful landscapes very close to the snowy Salkantay, the second highest mountain in Cusco (6271 m.s.) and Nevado Humantay (5473 m.s.n.); the ascent towards Laguna Humantay will make us understand why we should take care of Nature.
You will be picked up early in the morning to travel 2 hours by bus to arrive at the beautiful town of Mollepata located at 2900 meters above sea level. weekdays arrival we will have between 40 minutes to an hour to enjoy the tranquility and peace of this place. Then, we will walk back to Soraypampa (an hour of descent approx.) to take the bus to have lunch in Mollepata. After lunch, you will be back to Cusco.
When you choose to volunteer in Peru, just pack your bags and arrive at the destination with a relaxed mind. Our dedicated coordinator at the location arranges airport transfers, stay, meals and also weekend tours for you. All you have to do is arrive.
Volunteers are picked up from the Cusco Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Peru will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand or at the bus station.
Volunteers are provided with accommodation with local host families. By staying with a host family you will experience the local culture, customs and Peruvian way of living. Volunteers are hosted in shared bedrooms with other volunteers. Usually, there are 2 bathrooms in every host family with hot showers. Accommodations are clean and comfortable. Some houses have the WiFi connection and cable TV as well.
A half day orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. The orientation will be given by the local staff in Peru.
Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day (Monday- Saturday) at the host family house. Meals vary from day to day and generally include soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juice, dessert etc.
During your Free Time
Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. On the weekends most of the volunteers plan a trip to Sacred Valley or the world famous 'Macchu Picchu' - the lost city of Incas. In Cusco, you can walk around Plaza de Armas and explore the different restaurants and shopping areas.
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