Dates: Sunday July 3 - Sunday July 10
Location: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
GOOD Travel is excited to bring you this once in a lifetime trip to Peru! This trip will provide moms (all moms welcome - lesbian moms, straight moms, grandmoms, aunties etc.) and their daughters (all ages welcome) with the unique opportunity to spend time immersed in Peruvian culture by getting to know the Peruvian Hearts scholars as well as other incredible non-profit organizations and tour companies leading the way in building a more sustainable tourism industry. Every aspect of this trip – from the hotels to the llama hikes to the chocolate making – has been designed to ensure that the local community, economy and environment benefit from your visit.
This trip is specifically focused on the empowerment of women in tourism in Peru. It has been designed to build relationships between women clients, guides and tour guide students that are supported through your trip donation to Peruvian Hearts. Our team have worked with Peruvian Hearts for over a decade and they are committed to the education and empowerment of young women in Peru. We love their work and we are sure you will, too!
GOOD Travel is an inclusive organisation, which celebrates diversity. We welcome trip participants of all sexual orientations, backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and ethnicities.
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"I loved every bit of it and it was well worth travelling half way around the world for. I love the passion that the GOOD Travel team have for what they do - it's palpable and admirable - and it's so good to see that they are truly making a difference to so many lives." ~ Mom from past Peru mother-daughter trip.
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Day 1: Arrival in Cusco
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met by a representative from GOOD Travel and taken to your accommodation. You'll have the day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
In the late afternoon, we will explore Cusco by foot (Plaza de Armas and the Santa Domingo Church) while heading to our welcome dinner at a farm-to-table restaurant in Cusco to celebrate your arrival. The restaurant focuses on supporting local producers as well as working in close partnership with community and social projects. Not only is this a GOOD restaurant, but the food is delicious and they have a great kids area and menu!
During dinner, we will meet our partner, Peruvian Hearts. This non-profit organization works to end poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru - one girl at a time. Peruvian-born Ana Dodson developed this nonprofit organization to enable young women to embrace education, believe in their own power, and dream of a life beyond the conditions into which they were born. $150 from each trip fee per person will be donated directly to Peruvian Hearts. Your donation will support one of the Peruvian Hearts scholars to help cover expenses such as her tuition fees, books, school supplies, uniform, school sponsored field trips, and transportation. You will also be supporting Peruvian Hearts through various activities – including spending time with these amazing girls – during the course of the trip.
Overnight in Cusco. Dinner included.
Day 2: Kids day event
We'll spend the morning visiting the homes of some of the Peruvian Hearts scholars within Cusco. This will give you and your child a unique opportunity to get beyond the tourist trail to understand life in Peru. This experience will also provide context for the work of Peruvian Hearts as you will hear the stories of some of the young women involved in their programs and begin to understand the challenges and opportunities they face.
In the afternoon, we'll head to a community center called Huchuy Yachaq in the mountains above Cusco. Huchuy Yachaq offers a variety of different services to the families living in the area, including a kindergarten, library, homework support and mothers' empowerment initiatives. We will have the opportunity to spend time with the kids playing games and meet their families as well as learn about their way of life. We will also be able to purchase souvenirs at the center as a way to support the mothers involved in their empowerment programs.
Overnight in Cusco. All meals included.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes
Our first stop today is a small village famous for its ancient weaving tradition. We'll then head to Ollantaytambo for some free time to explore this lovely living Inca village with its cobblestone streets and stone buildings. You'll have the opportunity to do a little shopping or enjoy a snack at one of the town's cute cafes.
In the afternoon, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, a stunning 1.5 hour journey full of surprises through the magnificent Vilcanota Canyon. Arriving at Aguas Calientes, we will check into our accommodation before tucking in for an early night, in preparation for tomorrow's early start.
Overnight in Agua Calientes. All meals included.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Rise and shine! After our pre-dawn wake-up call, we will take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate this World Heritage Site and one of the Modern Wonders of the World in the early morning light. (For those wishing to hike up, this option can also be arranged.) Your visit to Machu Picchu will begin with exploring some of the alternative routes, like the Inca Bridge, after which your guide will give you a 2-3 hour walking tour of the historic citadel.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and enjoy some time exploring the village and doing some souvenir shopping. You may also wish to visit the local hot springs to relax after our busy day of exploration!
Overnight in Agua Calientes. All meals included.
Day 5: Machu Picchu
We'll have an additional morning to explore Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes before traveling to the Sacred Valley in the afternoon.
We'll be staying in an eco-hotel in the Sacred Valley for the unique opportunity to experience life in rural Peru. This simple hotel was a life-long dream of a local family (actively involved in Peruvian Hearts). It is located in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley and is the perfect place to reconnect and relax after Machu Picchu.
The owner will give us a tour of the hotel grounds and talk with us about the culture and way of life in this beautiful part of the world. We will also have the opportunity to take part in a cooking workshop so that we can take home the recipe for one of Peru's most delicious dishes!
Overnight in Urubamba, Sacred Valley. All meals included.
Day 6: Llama Pack Project
We'll spend the day with Llama Pack Project taking llamas for a walk to learn about these (smelly yet gorgeous!) animals. We'll have the opportunity to learn about the inspiring work of Llama Pack Project and how they are using tourism as a tool for sustainable rural development and conservation of mountain ecosystems in the Urubamba mountain range.They work with high-Andean communities that are located between 3,200 – 4,500 meters above sea level with a focus on empowering communities so that they are able to hope for a better future and make it a reality.
In the late afternoon, we'll return to Cusco in time for a Moms night out!
Overnight in Cusco. All meals included.
Day 7: Final day in Cusco
We'll spend our final day back in Cusco where we'll have some free time to do some shopping at fair trade markets and take part in a Peruvian chocolate workshop. We'll learn all about the chocolate making process, starting from the cacao tree in the jungle and we'll make our own chocolates with milk or dark chocolate and more than 15 different flavorings. The workshop will take place at the Choco Museo, a company with a strong focus on intrapreneurship, local production and transparency.
In the evening, we'll have a farewell dinner with the Peruvian Hearts scholars. We'll have time to share our stories and aspirations for the future.
Overnight in Cusco. All meals included.
Day 8: Departure
The trip ends here in Cusco.
All airport transfers, regardless of flight time, are included today. Breakfast included.
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Day 0: Before you head to Peru, it would be amazing if you can collect some funds or supplies to support the kids you will be meeting in Peru. If you are able to do any fundraising, 100% of the funds you raise will support Peruvian Hearts. If you would prefer to collect items, any of the following items would be really appreciated by the Peruvian Hearts scholars: women's hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, body lotion and warm women's clothing in excellent condition.
Day 1: Fly to Peru – home of Paddington Bear and the Amazon Rainforest! When we arrive into Cusco, we’ll be tired from the flight and will have the day to rest and play and get used to the new altitude! In the evening, we'll celebrate our arrival with a welcome dinner and we will learn all about the fun time we are going to have this week!
Day 2: Today is Kids Day!!! We'll spend the morning visiting the homes of some of the Peruvian Hearts scholars. In the afternoon, we'll head to a beautiful community center to play with the kids there and learn about their lives.
Day 3: Today we go by train to the village of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu – one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. After exploring the village, we'll get to sleep early so we can get up before the sun the next morning!
Days 4 and 5: On day four, we will wake bright and early to reach Machu Picchu in the early morning light (by practicing sustainable travel). We'll have plenty of time to explore the ancient ruins (just like famous archaeologists) and play in the Andes mountains. We'll also have the next day to explore Machu Picchu a bit more before heading to the Sacred Valley in the afternoon and partake in a cooking workshop preparing some traditional Peruvian meals.
Day 6: Today, we get to walk llamas and learn all about these (smelly but gorgeous!) animals and the work of the Llama Pack Project. Then we return to Cusco for a girl’s night in at the hotel (with our GOOD Travel guide) – moms excluded!
Day 7: Today is our last day but we will be too busy to be sad. We’ll get to go shopping (with the help of mom) at fair trade markets and even learn how to make Peruvian chocolate – yummy! In the evening, we'll have a goodbye dinner with the Peruvian Hearts scholars and trade email and Facebook addresses so we can be virtual penpals.
Day 8: Today although we have to fly home, we’ll be too excited about all the new friends we have made, the experiences we have shared and all the good we have done in Peru to be sad!
Every aspect of the trip has been designed to ensure that the local community, economy and environment benefit from your visit:
The trip has been coordinated by GOOD Travel and your trip leader will be Heidy Aspilcueta. There will also be several different local guides involved in your various activities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to spend time with the young women and leaders involved in the local non-profit organizations we support, including Peruvian Hearts.
Heidy Aspilcueta is one GOOD Travel's Co-founders and was born and raised in Cusco, Peru. She holds a MBA from ESAN university in Lima and has over 10 years of experience managing operations of tours and volunteer programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean. She currently works with our local partner organization, Good Life Expeditions and is also a Mum to the adorable Facu! She can't wait to meet you and show you all that she loves about her country, Peru.
The trip cost includes the following:
Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange:
Cost per person: US$3400 per person, with a US$400 discount for all kids 18 and under.
The price includes all accommodation, meals, activities, project donation, carbon offsetting and travel within Peru as outlined in the What's Included tab. Payment plan options are also available.
To secure your spot on this trip, we require a non-refundable deposit of $400 per person (please note that due to the popularity of Machu Picchu and the limited number of admissions tickets allowed per day to maintain the sustainability of the UNESCO World Heritage site, deposits are required well in advance which is the purpose for the non-refundable deposit.)
Please click the Book Now button below to book your spot. You will then be directed to pay your deposit of $800 (one adult and one child). If you will be travelling with more than one child or you would prefer to pay via payment plan, please contact us. Before you make your payment, please make sure you’ve read and understood our terms of service. If there is anything in our terms of service that you’d like us to clarify, please contact us for more information.
Our trip will be confirmed once we have the minimum number of participants needed. Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed.
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
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