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Machu Picchu Adventure


Machu Picchu

10-Day trek to the lost city of the Incas

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Machu Picchu Adventure


Machu Picchu

10-Day trek to the lost city of the Incas

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May 15th, 2020

UConn, QU, SCSU

May 17th, 2020

Boston university, Boston College, and UMass

May 22nd, 2020

GWU, George Washington university

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Trip Details

Duration: 9 Days Total / 6 Day Trek
Fundraising Target: $4,000
Trip Packet: Click Here

TRIP Overview

The legendary Inca city of Machu Picchu is nestled up in the Peruvian Andes, hidden away and surrounded by mountains on all sides. Our 6-day trek will see you cross the Andes in search of the lost city, departing from the bustling colonial mountain-town of Cusco and winding your way through breath-taking mountain passes, past sacred mountains and through humid jungle trails to reach the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Trip Highlights

  • Be able to say you visited one of the modern wonders of the world

  • Join a team of other students, local guides, porters and cooks who help you accomplish this amazing feat

  • See stunning mountain views, relax in mountain-side hot springs and explore the bustling city of Cusco

  • Extend your trip with a 5-day vacation to the desert oasis of Huacachina where you'll have the chance to go dunebuggying, sandboarding and even wine tasting tours

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Trip Itinerary

Machu Picchu Adventure


Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPARTURE
You will depart from New York on a long-haul flight to Cusco with at least one stop.

*Please note that you may have more than one change en-route, including the possibility of an overnight stay in Lima.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION

You will be met in Cusco by a Choose a Challenge representative and transferred to your hostel in the centre of Cusco. There will be a short briefing before your free afternoon in which you can explore Cusco and acclimatise to your new altitude of 11,200ft.

+ Hostel accommodation + Dinner included

DAY 3: FREE DAY IN CUSCO

Today, you are free to explore the beautiful town
of Cusco. There are optional day trips available, so please ask your guides for more information (these may incur an extra cost). You will be given your 8kg duffel bags to pack in the evening, in preparation for your trek the following day.

+ Hostel accommodation + Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 4: TREK DAY 1

There will be a very early pick-up this morning from your hostel as you depart for Marcojasa, a 4-hour drive away. From Marcojasa you will start your trek, having lunch along the way, and following the path along
the aqueduct to Soraypampa (12,300ft). Depending on the pace of your group, you will arrive into your campsite at Soraypampa in mid-to-late afternoon.

+ Tented accommodation + Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5: TREK DAY 2

Today is an acclimatization day, so you will ascend from your camp in Soraypampa to Laguna Humantay, one of the most beautiful lakes in the region at the base of the Humantay Glacier (13,800ft). You will descend back to camp for lunch before a 2-hour trek to your next camp at Salktantaypampa.

+ Tented accommodation + Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6: TREK DAY 3

After breakfast, you will depart on a long and tough ascent towards Abra Salkantay, the mountain pass at an altitude of 13,300ft. The views will be spectacular with the looming hulk of the sacred mountain, Nevado Salkantay, dominating the glaciated valley through which you pass. You will spend a short time at the top of the pass for snacks and rest, before descending

to Wayracmachay where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will make a slow and steep descent to Collpapamapa (9,500ft).

+ Tented accommodation + Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 7: TREK DAY 4

After breakfast, you will continue down the Santa Teresa Valley, taking small breaks as you walk very close to the river, completing the day with a 6km walk along the road to your campsite at Lucmabamba (6,900ft). From here you will have fantastic views

over Peru’s coffee plantations and fruit trees. In the afternoon, you’ll have the option to visit the glorious hot springs at Santa Teresa, and at dinner your guides will show you how the local coffee is made - you’ll be able to taste freshly-made coffee from the bean!

+ Tented accommodation + Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 8: TREK DAY 5

On your penultimate trekking day, you will take a steep and humid climb through the jungle up to Llactapata. You will spend some time here, learning about the history of the Inca and the surrounding mountains.

If you look very closely you can spot part of Machu Picchu in the distance. You will then descend into
the Aobamba Valley for lunch at the hydroelectric plant. After lunch, you will trek alongside the rail tracks, following this route for around 3 hours. You will arrive into Aguas Calientes (6,200ft), the town at the base of Machu Picchu, in the late afternoon.

+ Tented accommodation + Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9: TREK DAY 6

You will wake very early in the morning and have a light breakfast before setting off for Machu Picchu whilst it is still dark. You will ascend up the steep steps to the ruins of Machu Picchu, as the sun rises. You will have an optional guided tour of Machu Picchu before having time to explore the Lost City of the Incas yourself, and of course get those all-important photos.

After your visit, you can choose to walk back down to Aguas Calientes or hop on the bus (at an additional cost). On your return, you will have a late lunch and then free time to explore Aguas Calientes and pick up any souvenirs. You will catch an early evening train back to Ollantatytambo and arrive back to Cusco in the late evening.

+ Hostel accommodation + Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 10 / EXTENSION DAY 1: DEPENDS ON YOUR TRAVEL OPTION

If you’ve chosen to come home early you will depart for the USA.

Those on our ‘without flights’ travel option are free to continue on your own itinerary after breakfast.

If you’ll be joining us on our Huacachina extension, you will depart on the extension trip today!

+ Breakfast included

For more information on our Huacachina extension trip Click Here

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How it Works

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How it Works

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SIGN UP
Select your trip date and complete your registration to secure your spot on the trip. You’ll only pay the first half of your registration fee upon sign up

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FUNDRAISE
Work alongside with your team’s assigned charity representative to help you and your team fundraise towards the cost of your trip

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GO ON YOUR ADVENTURE
Once you’ve reached your trip’s fundraising target you’re off to Machu Picchu to explore the lost city of the Incas

Our Unique Model

Leaving the world a better place is at the very heart of what we do. That’s why through our unique model, we allow college students to fundraise the cost of the trip for an even bigger purpose. After signing up, 50% of all the money you fundraise—with the help of a fundraising expert— goes right to your trip’s partnered charity. The 50%? Well that goes right towards your flights, food, accommodation and everything else in between.

Trip Details


Trip Details

Trip Details


Trip Details

Trip Details

Huacachina Extension Trip

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What’s included:

  • 9-Day trip to Peru

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • All meals as mentioned

  • All Accommodation

  • Multilingual local guides

What’s included:

  • 4-Days in Huacachina

  • Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

  • Opportunities to go:

    • Sandboarding

    • Dunebuggying

    • Wine tasting

 

Have a question?

Our support team is here to answer all your questions. You can also check our FAQ section as well

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FUN FACTS

The Salkantay Route was voted one of the best 25 trekking routes in the world

  • Machu Picchu was introduced into American culture after a professor from Yale University came upon the ruins himself back in 1911

  • There is a lot of mystery surrounding these ruins and It is not exactly known why the Incas abandoned the site

  • You will receive a unique stamp in your passport upon checking into the entrance of Machu Picchu

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