Join Global Family Travels in an incredible journey to explore the culture and society of contemporary Peru. Peru's civilization is the oldest in South America and although it is well known for being the heart of the Inca Empire, the country was also home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived. On this 11-day trip to Peru, you will learn about the ancient history of the Sacred Valley and be welcomed by the diverse Peruvian people who take pride in offering incredible services and experiences to visitors that include traditional foods, celebrations and festivals. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the work of some of non-profit partners, Manos Unidas and Awamaki, and engage with the communities they serve.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS are below, click on ITINERARY to see all the details.
Global Family Travels
Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse” through community-based travel programs. In partnership with non-profit organizations and schools, we offer family-friendly and sustainable travel experiences in support of education, gender equality, access to clean water, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth, all of which foster cross-cultural understanding and global citizens.
Our trips include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.
Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip! Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels
Manos Unidas is a Peruvian non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life of children and youth with disabilities for inclusion within the family, schools and workplace. MUP founded the first non-profit school for special education in the region of Cusco, educating approximately 80 students each year. Visit their website to learn more: http://manosunidasperu.org/
Global Family Travels is partnering with Awamaki, a Peruvian non-profit organization that works with rural women to empower them with skills-based education and connect them with access to the market so they can earn an income, support their families, and help transform their communities. Awamaki does this through women’s artisanal fair-trade crafts cooperatives and sustainable tourism.
Awamaki works with nearly 140 women in 5 communities. Learn more about Awamaki here: http://awamaki.org/
At Global Family Travels, we believe that the most powerful way to learn is through first-hand experience. We let the country and its people be your teachers. We supplement your experience with reading lists, informal discussions, and a pre-trip orientation which includes information on the culture and history of your host country, helpful words and phrases and cultural “do’s and don’ts.”
Learning themes and experiences unique to this tour include:
• The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
• Learn by engaging with Manos Unidas about their work and how they are changing the way Peruvian communities view disabilities by volunteering in their classrooms
• Experience the Patacancha indigenous culture and traditional weaving.
SERVE : We have incorporated service learning experiences at Manos Unidas whose mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities in the region of Cusco by successfully including them within families, regular education schools and vocational settings.
You will also have the opportunity to engage with out partner, Awamaki, a Peruvian non-profit organization that works with rural women to empower them with skills-based education and connect them with access to the market so they can earn an income, support their families, and help transform their communities.
You will journey into the heart of a Quechua community through our impactful and intimate community visit to learn more about the Pre-Incan weaving tradition and Andean indigenous culture.
Participating with students in recreational, vocational, or artistic activities, such as art, music, sports, the Manos Unidos café & and more.
You will enjoy eating meals in the student-run “Café Manos Unidas,” and have an opportunity to participate in vocational activities with youth with special needs and their families.