Steeped in ancient Incan, Andean, and Amazonian culture, Peru is a country rich in both ecological and cultural diversity; it is a place where long-held traditions continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people.

LEAF International is partnering with True Nature Travels on this cultural discovery journey to Peru. This is an opportunity for LEAFers to explore culture while traveling through Peru with a LEAF International Culture Keeper.

From the Sacred Valley to the Amazon basin, Peru is a stunning example of how the ancient and the modern can form a cohesive, living blend. Join us on a trip to experience the unique gifts this country has to offer, filled with expansive hikes, grounding ceremonies, cultural lectures, and an opportunity to give back to the local community.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival and transport to location around 4pm

Group Welcome  

Despacho Ceremony : Peruvian Welcome Ceremony

Dinner

Day 2

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Orientation

Waterfall Hike

Service Project #1: Land Stewardship (Project maintenance will continue throughout the week)

Dinner

Opening Group Circle and Intentions

Day 3

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Service Project #2 at Local School

Dinner

Evening Cultural Lecture

Day 4

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Leave for Day Long Trip to Pisac (Trek and Market Visit)

Dinner

Leadership Circle

Day 5

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Service/Culture Project #3 at Local School

Lunch

Cooking Class

Dinner

Day 6

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Service/Culture Project #4 at Orphanage

Dinner

Evening Cultural Lecture

Day 7

Morning Practice (Optional)

Breakfast

Service/Culture Project #5 at Orphanage

Dinner

Closing Fire Circle

Day 8

Breakfast

Departure

*Schedule Subject to Change

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
  • Service/Culture Projects
  • Cultural Lectures
  • Despacho Ceremony
  • Guided Waterfall Hike
  • Full-Day Pisac Tour (trek and market visit)
  • Peruvian Cooking Class
  • Closing Fire Ceremony
  • Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

The retreat center’s name translates as “love from the ancient forest.” It is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees, nourished by a magnificent waterfall in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This lovely spot is in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as Apus—“luminous beings.” Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and Despacho ceremony.

The guests at this center enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. The entire center embodies kindness, love, and wholeness that seem to permeate the magical place.

At the end of your service, culture, and adventure program, you will have the option to add one of two add-on tours. You will be able to sign up and pay for these tours when registering for the program.

Add-On Option #1: Two-Day Tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Cost: $625 for shared accommodations; $725 for single accommodation

Take part in a rich and exciting 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu.

The journey will begin with a drive through the sacred valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites in the valley. After this scenic drive, you will arrive in Ollantaytambo, a small town that still maintains its Incan. You will have an opportunity to visit and explore the majestic archaeological site of Ollantaytambo (aka “Olla”) which overlooks the route to Machu Picchu.

That afternoon you will take a beautiful train ride from “Olla” along the river to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Spend the night in Aguas Calientes, enjoying the quaint town along the river. Arrive in Machu Picchu the next day before sunrise to witness the illumination of the sacred ruins.Experience an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu, exploring the sacred Incan “City of Light,” learning about the sacred ruins and taking moments to sit, breathe, and experience the powerful energy of one of the most sacred sites on the planet.

That evening you will be transported back to Cusco for your final night in Peru. The next morning shuttles will be provided to take you from your hotel to the Cusco airport.

What’s Included?

  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Entrance fee and permits for Machu Picchu
  • Local Peruvian guide (English-speaking)
  • Visit to Ollantaytambo
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every day of the tour
  • Airport transfer

What’s Not Included?

  • Lunches and dinners during the tour
  • Drinks (water, soda, etc.)
  • Any extras not mentioned above

Add-On Option #2: Four-Day Sojourn into the Amazon 

Cost: $300*

*Does not include airfare to/from Cusco and Puerto 

The Peruvian Amazon is the most biodiverse place on Earth, and is home to the world’s last tribes existing in voluntary isolation with the outside world. In between, many other ethnic groups still live in harmony with the land, and have a deep and innate connection to the wisdom of the natural world. Join us on a sojourn into the Amazon to a retreat center outfitted with tree houses, in one of the largest intact tracts of Amazonian jungle left. We’ll go on jungle hikes, fall asleep to an orchestra of frogs, monkeys and macaws, and go on a day trip down river to visit a native community and learn about the ways they use plants and the world around them to craft bows and arrows, dye fabrics for the making of handicrafts, and just enjoy their company.

Day 1

Fly (airfare not inlcuded) from Cusco to Puerto for 12:30 arrival

Direct transport to the boat followed by a 1-2 hour boat ride 

3.5km hike into Novalis 

Arrive in Novalis approx. 4pm for late lunch/early dinner

Night conversation (topic related to weaving indigenous knowledge, ecological and social concerns)

Optional night walk to see night fauna

Day 2

Morning: Trip to an indigenous community, including plant dyes and bow and arrow making, swidden gardens and agriculture, and lunch in the community

Afternoon: time with indigenous basket weaver or Yine collective weavers

Evening: Return to Novalis

Day 3

Jungle tour of different ecosystems and free time to enjoy the Amazon.

Day 4

Departure for Cusco, leaving at 6am for the airport

Over the past 5 years, True Nature Education has been offering an exciting service, leadership, and adventure travel opportunity in Costa Rica and we are very excited to expand our program to Peru and Italy.

You are invited to join us for a 2019 trip to the Sacred Valley of Peru. Experience the rich culture of this incredible country while doing work to support the people, communities, and preservation of the land and natural environment. You will have an unforgettable journey, full of outdoor adventures, connections with local communities, and service outreach work. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends for life, learn about being an international student leader, and explore more about yourself. In a time in which our world is becoming more and more of a global community, come be a part of the bridge of support by taking part in this incredible service, adventure, and leadership trip.

Testimonials from Past True Nature Trips

“I believe coming on this trip took me out of my comfort zone, no actually, it expanded my comfort zone. I feel I am a changed person now and that I am able to to see and experience the beauty of planet Earth. I will take the memories of Costa Rica with me as I keep on with my journey of life.” -Kathryn Hima, Stratford, Connecticut

“I am forever grateful and forever changed. I truly found myself here…who I want to be. I am happy, content, and a completely new person. Thank you so much True Nature! I could have never felt this way without you and for that, I am forever indebted.” -Charlotte, Dabrowski Middletown, Connecticut

“There are no words to describe how beautiful everything is. Costa Rica takes my breath away. I was surrounded by life, felt closer to the Earth than I have ever felt before. More than that, True Nature and everyone has been so supportive. I have never felt so unselfconscious.” -Allison Waters, San Antonio, Texas

“Life is a journey, every pebble on this Earth has its place. Sometimes those pebbles create a stepping stone-something with time, concrete, and strength. This experience was another stepping stone to my life-my personal journey, and I am grateful.” -Nola Heller, Plover, Wisconsin

Please be sure to review Our Policies.

Registration

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Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. 

Some important notes about your registration:

  • The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30 people
  • AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TUITION PRICE
  • A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There

You will be booking your flights for the Cusco Airport (CUZ). Most flights will arrive via a connection in Lima. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.

Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

True Nature Travels and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case youneed to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

Cancellation

  • Initial deposits are non-refundable.
  • 1/2 tuition is refundable up to 90 Days before the retreat.
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment

Altitude

This trip takes place in high elevations. The location where we are based at is close to 10,000 ft in elevation. For this trip, it is recommended that participants are in good to excellent physical condition. We will be working and hiking in this environment and it will be important to us that all participants are aware of the conditions so they can feel as comfortable as possible. With this, we will all be acclimating to the elevation and conditions together, taking the first couple of days slowly. We will also support acclimation with special foods, teas, and by taking part in various exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also be sure to check out our Student FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write us at info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

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