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At once majestic and mysterious, Peru’s rugged landscapes, ancient architecture, and vibrantly complex cultures have enchanted the intrepid explorer for generations. From the remote, jagged peaks of the snow-capped Andes, to steamy jungles teeming with wildlife, Peru provides endless opportunity for adventure. With a fascinating blend of communities, from the ancient Inca of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley to the emerging world capital of cosmopolitan Lima, you’ll find a lifetime of learning within this intricate tapestry of histories, customs, and convictions.

Andean Discovery’s Student Expeditions position travelers perfectly for an enthralling Peruvian experience that is customized to their unique goals and curricula. Our in-country connections infuse a visit to Machu Picchu with the intimate understanding of a local guide, and enrich a walking tour of Cuzco with stops to speak with Peruvian friends. Days spent in indigenous villages are geared toward cultural exchange as well as productive involvement in our Clean Stoves Project, a community initiative focused on development and public health. Groups may opt for a homestay with carefully selected families, where students learn to prepare the local specialty aji de gallina for dinner. Whether your group’s focus is on the ancient culture of the Inca, development initiatives in today’s rural communities, or outdoor adventures throughout the country’s epic natural splendor, our local access and intimate understanding provide a launch pad for a truly enhanced student expedition in Peru.

Below is a sample Peru itinerary that can be tailored to your desired trip length, interests and budget.

Machu Picchu & Quechua Campesinos
  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Visit a Local School
  • Build Clean Stoves
  • Participate in a Pachamanca Ceremony
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Amazon Ecology & Field Research
  • Monitor river otters in the Amazon
  • Assist a local biologist
  • Conduct a macaw population census
  • Explore Machu Picchu
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I have taken two school groups to Peru on trips organized by Andean Discovery, and their level of professionalism and organization were exemplary.  Their fun and knowledgeable guides went the extra mile to ensure we had an amazing trip.  I highly recommend Andean Discovery.  
Peter Kornmeier, Faculty, The New School of Northern Virginia