Peru School Trip Overview
From the peaks of the Andes Mountains to the archaeological wonders of Machu Picchu, a trip to Peru will be sure to amaze young travelers. This tour offers a comprehensive look at life in the Sacred Valley, both in ancient times when the Inca called it home and for the modern indigenous cultures who thrive there today. We’ll begin in Cusco and explore this vibrant city, as well as the archaeological sites around it. Then we’ll journey into the Sacred Valley to meet local families, help them with their daily tasks, and engage with schoolchildren. Students will earn up to 10 hours of service credit as they volunteer in local communities. Of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu!
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Language students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Students can order their own food at meals, chitchat with shopkeepers, and haggle with street vendors. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.
Our goal is to help students to step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joy of traveling. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around Latin America, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
Did You Know? Teachers travel for free! Enroll just six paying participants and your trip is covered. Learn more about the Benefits for Teachers.
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Earn up to 10 hours of service credit working with indigenous families at their farms and schools
- Visit some of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites, heritage from the Inca Empire
- Shop for souvenirs in a bustling handicraft market and see local artisans at work
- Explore the beautiful Andean villages of Moray, Misminay, and Ollantaytambo
- Marvel at Machu Picchu, an Inca city in the middle of the Andes that will take your breath away!
- Try your hand at traditional weaving using natural fibers and dyes
- Visit the famous salt pans of Maras, where one of the finest salts in the world is produced
DAY 1: ¡Hola Peru!
¡Bienvenidos a Peru! The adventure begins as you fly from your preferred airport to Cusco. Your Travel For Teens guides will meet you at the Cusco Airport and accompany you for the duration of your journey. Upon arrival, board our private coach and head to our hotel in downtown. We’ll take a short walk to get acquainted with our surroundings before enjoying our first dinner of Peruvian cuisine.
DAY 2: Discover Cuzco
Get to know Cusco like a local this morning as we take a guided tour of the city. Our first stop is the Tipón Archaeological Center to see some of the Incas’ many engineering achievements. We’ll visit Pikillacta, one of the most important pre-Inca cities, and Andahuaylillas, which is home to a beautiful 17th-century church. After lunch, visit a bustling handicraft market to shop for souvenirs. In the evening, we’ll take a nighttime visit to Koricancha Temple, the Main Square, and Mirador San Cristobal for the best views over Cusco.
DAY 3: Fortress of Saqsaywaman
In the morning, we’ll visit the impressive fortress of Saqsaywaman. In the afternoon, pay a visit to an artisan workshop, where you’ll be able to see local artists working with silver and other materials. You’ll have some free time for souvenir shopping in Cusco before enjoying another traditional Peruvian dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants.
DAY 4: Misminay
Leave Cusco today on a day trip to Misminay, one of the most beautiful villages in the Sacred Valley. Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture today as you visit Andean families at home and share their daily tasks. Work on the land and learn about local agriculture, then take part in a ceremony to thank Pachamama (Mother Earth) for her bounty. Later, take a weaving lesson to learn how the locals spin thread and dye it using natural dyes. You can even try your hand at spinning and take home what you make!
DAY 5: Working with School Children
Meet Peruvian school children today! We’ll volunteer at a school in the Sacred Valley, doing light maintenance work. Later, we’ll explore the mysterious terraces of Moray, as well as the salt mines and beautiful lagoons.
DAY 6: Maras Salt Pans
We’ll continue our service work in another village of the Sacred Valley today. In the afternoon, visit Maras, a small village in the Urubamba Valley that’s famous for having the biggest salt pans in the region that have been mined continuously since the Inca Empire. One of the finest salts in the world is produced there. In the afternoon, explore Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious, and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. At the end of the day, we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes, our base for exploring Machu Picchu tomorrow.
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Today’s the big day: Time to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu! We’ll spend the whole day exploring this imposing Inca city in the middle of the mountains. Make your way around the ruins, learn about the history of these incredible people, and of course, take unbeatable photos. This evening, we’ll have an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip!
DAY 8: Adios Peru
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE LONGER? THIS TRIP CAN BE EXTENDED!
For teachers looking for a longer adventure, this trip can be adapted to up to 12 days! Our expert trip designers will be able to help you craft the perfect itinerary with plenty of options and exciting cultural connections to extend your stay. Contact us for details!
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"I went on the Costa Rica Adrenaline trip this past summer and it was amazing! I have never gone on a trip by myself before and I was very nervous. But after meeting with everyone at the airport, I knew that I made the right choice booking the trip! The staff were so helpful and very resourceful throughout the trip, and everyone in my group were super nice and welcoming! I really enjoyed the adventures we did, such as: tubing, ziplining, snorkeling, and canyoning! But one of the best memories I had was being able to surf for the very first time!! It was so surreal and an incredible feeling! I was said to say goodbye on our last night, but I still stay in contact with some of the friends I made to this day! I would totally recommend this trip to anyone who loves adventure!!"
"What an amazing experience! This trip was truly 3-weeks that changed my life and perspective forever. Spending this time in Costa Rica will be the best choice you will ever make, I know it’s the best choice that I made. Expect to join a group of teens that are also interested in exploring the world and helping out animals. I still stay in touch with these friends 2 years later, and even have made trips across the country to New York City to visit my Costa Rica pals! The best part of the whole trip to me was the animals and working at the rescue center. Learn the proper care for these exotic animals and work with other volunteers from all over the world who share the same interests as you. Some of the amazing experiences I had were babysitting the baby sloths, taking a baby anteater into the forest, or feeding the young monkeys. Outside of working at the rescue center I tried so many things that were out of my comfort zone, a night hike in the jungle, salsa dancing in front of a whole restaurant, and ziplining through the jungle. I recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in immersing themselves into a new culture, and not afraid to get dirty and work hard to help this animal sanctuary."
"Signing up for a Travel For Teens trip was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a bit nervous at first about traveling by myself, and I was worried I wouldn’t make any friends. Little did I know that in just a two week time period I’d have a whole new point of view on travel, and friends that will last a lifetime. There was never once a second where I felt homesick because every day was filled with life changing experiences like working hands-on with sea turtles, ziplining, surfing, and exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Our counselors were some of the sweetest, and funniest people I’ve ever met, and were super helpful in guiding us on how to be proper travelers, rather than tourists. I swear time moves quicker in Costa Rica, because those amazing two weeks were over too soon. Our group may have looked incredibly weird to the patrons in Miami Airport terminal 24 who probably do not see very many groups of 12 teenagers huddled in a crying group hug. We eventually all managed to stop crying and go our separate ways, meanwhile planning our TFT trips for the next summer. Overall I returned more confident and open than I was before going on the trip, and am counting down the days till my next trip."