What's GOOD?

  • $100 of your trip fee will be donated directly to Peruvian Hearts to help cover expenses for one of their scholars such as her tuition fees, books, school supplies, uniform, school sponsored field trips, and transportation.
  • Stay in hotels that are actively involved in supporting the local community, particularly children and families in under-served areas
  • Support local guides and organisations that share The Centre for GOOD Travel's vision for transforming tourism for a thriving world
  • Eat local and traditional Peruvian food, including at restaurants that are actively supporting local growers
  • All in-country carbon emissions will be offset through a meaningful environmental conservation or restoration project
  • You'll be hosted by The Thoughtful Travel Podcast's Amanda Kendle, providing you with a unique opportunity to be reflective and thoughtful throughout your trip and to share this experience with likeminded travellers

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Experience Highlights:

  • Join a likeminded group of thoughtful travellers and a trip that has been thoughtfully designed to contribute positively to the people and places you visit
  • Visit Incan ruins and learn about the rich history of Peru
  • Experience one of the new wonders of the world - Machu Picchu!
  • Be hosted by a local Peruvian guide who will share insights and experiences with you that you couldn't access on your own
  • Join Amanda Kendle for the very first Thoughtful Travel trip!

What's Included

$4,099
USD
per person

The per person trip cost includes the following:

  • Nine nights of accommodation in sustainable hotels (twin share or double rooms, single rooms can be arranged at an additional cost on a first come first served basis)
  • Airport pick-up on your arrival into Cusco airport
  • All local transport during the trip
  • $100 donation per person to Peruvian Hearts girls forging their place in the world through education
  • All meals beginning with dinner on your arrival day and ending with breakfast on departure day
  • A range of activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • 24/7 support from your trip leaders throughout your stay in Peru.
  • Carbon offsetting for your carbon footprint in country

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What's Not Included

Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange:

  • International flights to Cusco, Peru
  • International travel insurance (required)
  • Visa for Peru (if required)
  • Vaccinations and medications
  • Snacks, drinks, souvenirs

Itinerary

Location
Cusco > Sacred Valley > Aguas Calientes > Cusco
Dates
27th June - 6th July June 2025

Day 1

Welcome to Peru!

You'll begin your adventure in Cusco, the ancient Incan empire's centre and modern Peru's capital city. At 11,200 ft (3,400m) above sea level, Cusco's altitude can take a day or two to adjust to, so your first day of the trip will be a relaxed one. We encourage you to book your flights to arrive in the morning or the night before the trip starts so you'll have time to settle in and take it slow while your body adjusts.

For your first night in Peru, you'll have a special welcome dinner at Artisano where you'll be treated to a Peruvian menu highlighting the flavours of the region. While in Cusco, you'll stay at Niños Hotel, a social enterprise that supports the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation, providing meals and healthcare to Peruvian kids in underserved communities. Rest easy on your first night in Peru knowing your stay is contributing to a worthy local cause.

Day 2

For your first full day in Cusco, your Peruvian guide will take you on a tour to better understand the geographical, political, and social realities of the region. During the tour, you'll learn about Peru's education system, development, and healthcare, visiting a number of districts across the city. You'll have the opportunity to see a side of Cusco many visitors do not experience - an understanding of the challenges and beauty of daily life in Peru.

Day 3

This morning you'll visit Sacsayhuaman - an Incan Citadel just outside of Cusco that showcases some incredible examples of Incan building techniques with huge stone walls across a vast site. You'll have the opportunity to explore the large archeological park, seeing Sacsayhuaman and its neighbouring ruins, as well as some of the best views of Cusco from above!

In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to meet some of the young women scholars of Peruvian Hearts - The Centre for GOOD Travel's partner charity in Peru. Peruvian Hearts 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. $100 USD from each trip fee per person will be donated directly to Peruvian Hearts.

On your visit, you'll meet the inspiring young women who are supported by this non-profit, and hear directly from them about life in Cusco, and how the work of Peruvian Hearts and your donation supports their access to education and other opportunities. In the evening, the scholars will join you for dinner where there will be more opportunity to connect and share experiences together.

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Day 4

Today you'll depart Cusco and drive in to the Sacred Valley where you'll be spending the night in Ollantaytambo.

On the way, you'll make a stop at Chinchero market, known for its traditional fabric. Textile craft is an ancient tradition in Peru and across the Andean region, so this is an opportunity to get an insight into an age-old cultural tradition as well as to support some local artisans by purchasing souvenirs or gifts to take home.

The Sacred Valley of Peru is known to be a very spiritual area, and a good place to pay respects to Pachamama or Mother Earth. you'll have the opportunity to take part in a Pago a la Tierra (payment to the earth) ceremony that will include music and offerings to Pachamama to give thanks and ask for prosperity.

After lunch, you'll visit Ollantaytambo's impressive Incan ruins that are right in the centre of the small town - history is ever present in this region!

You'll spend the next two nights at Casitas del Arco Iris, another incredible social enterprise hotel supporting young children and their families in the Sacred Valley regions through donating their profits to the Niños del Arco Iris Foundation.

Day 5

This morning you'll visit the Maras and Moray archeological sites - both unique examples of Incan civilisation preserved in stone and striking terraced landscapes.

For lunch, you'll have the opportunity to taste some traditional Peruvian food at Unu, a unique and authentic restaurant with incredible views and fresh local cuisine.

The afternoon will be yours to relax, explore on your own, and connect with your fellow travellers.

Day 6

Today you'll experience the Sacred Valley from a new perspective on an unique walking tour with Llama Pack Project. You'll have the opportunity to learn about how the Project is 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. You'll walk with their local guides - and their llamas! - through the valley enjoying panoramic views and learning about mountain life in Peru.

In the afternoon, you'll take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu! Tomorrow morning you'll be rising early for the sunrise visit to the site, so we'll reccomend a relaxed evening and early night tonight!

Day 7

Today is a once in a lifetime opportunity - to visit Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Machu Picchu is at its best at sunrise, the light coming up over the mountains that surround the city before the crowds of the day arrive is astounding, so you'll join the day's first tour at 6am. The early start will be well worth it as you have the opportunity to visit this remarkable site and learn about its history and conservation.

After Machu Picchu, a relaxed afternoon is needed to process what you've just experienced! Aguas Calientes is also true to its name (translates from Spanish as "hot waters") in that it has geothermal hot spring and pools where you can have a relaxed evening soak.

Day 8

Today you'll make your way back to Cusco by train and have the day to do your own exploring or just to rest and reflect on the trip so far. There's so much to see and do in Cusco - your guide will be able to provide suggestions for museums, historic sites, restaurants or markets! Enjoy exploring the city, try out a bit of Spanish, and fall in love with Cusco like so many visitors do!

Day 9

Today will be your last full day in Peru! You'll spend some time exploring Peru's food and market culture with a tour of San Pedro Market and San Blas where there are loads of delicious things to smell and taste.

You'll also have a chance to visit the Chocolate Museum where you can learn about the important role of cacao in Peru's history and try your hand at some chocolate making.

Tonight you'll have a special farewell dinner to celebrate the end of an incredible adventure.

Day 10

Adios Peru! You'll depart today from Cusco International Airport. We will arrange airport transfers for you to get to your departure flight, or if you'd prefer to stay a few extra days in Peru we can also help you to arrange additional accomodation and activities.

Your Guide

Amanda Kendle
This trip is led by The Centre for GOOD Travel's valued partner Amanda Kendle, host of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast!
Amanda Kendle is an Australian writer, speaker and teacher, and she has hosted and produced The Thoughtful Travel Podcast since 2016, with a focus on how we can travel in ways that benefit everyone. The podcast was chosen as a live performance for the inaugural SXSW Sydney conference in 2023 and has been featured in numerous publications including The Washington Post and Travel+Leisure. After living abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany, Amanda returned to her hometown of Perth, Western Australia, and divides her time between travel media work and podcasting projects including working with disengaged teenagers and teaching undergraduates at Murdoch University. She is most passionate about continuing to spread the word about thoughtful travel.

More information

Everything you need to know about travelling GOOD.
Who guides this trip?
We aim to have each trip led by a local guide, in collaboration with a Centre for GOOD Travel member or a representative from our experience partner.
How do I book?
To secure your spot, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. Click 'book now' to start your travel plans with us. You will then be directed to pay your deposit of $500 deposit. If you would prefer to pay via payment plan, please contact us: info@good-travel.org
Are the trip dates confirmed?
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.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for anyone who wants to travel in a way that has a positive impact on people and places.
Can I upgrade my accommodation?
There is a single-room surcharge, subject to availability. You can let us know on booking if you would like to room on your own.
What else do I need to know?
Before you make your deposit, please make sure you've read and understand our Terms of Service.
What about COVID-19?
The Centre for GOOD Travel is committed to minimizing the risk to our travellers, team leaders, our partners and the people in each destination we visit. We also want to give greater confidence and flexibility to our travellers in response to the uncertainties present within international travel. Therefore we have adjusted our policies and safety protocols. You can find more information in our Terms of Service. We follow safety recommendations from the WHO, CDC and the official recommendations from each country we visit, and we work with partners who adhere closely to health and safety protocols.
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