Camp Peru Colca 1 Month
Experience the Peruvian way of life in the stunning Andes mountains. You'll stay in two of our camps during your month in Peru, both rural and rustic, with jaw-dropping views. Many people live below the poverty line in the rural highlands, so you'll work on improving primary school and community facilities. Build greenhouses, plant seeds and saplings, and carry out workshops on healthy eating for the local children. Trek to Cruz del Condor to take in the unbelievable scenery and spot the world's largest flying bird, the condor, soaring above you. The vibrant bustling cities of Cusco and Arequipa are yours to explore. A visit to the markets to pick up some Peruvian handicrafts is a must, as is sampling some traditional Pisco Sours. You will make a measurable impact on the communities you meet in Peru, their warmth and cultural heritage will stay with you long after you return home.
Camp Peru Colca 1 Month
The impact you will make
Community Development (Colca)
The small community near Camp Colca sits on the edge of the mighty Colca Canyon at 3,600 metres above sea level. Due to its remoteness and relatively harsh environmental conditions, the community here is very poor. We have a number of ongoing project initiatives within this community and you could be helping with anything from primary school development to building guinea pig houses.
Toilet Building Project (Moray)
The small rural community in Moray is extremely poor with no basic sanitation or sewerage. We are helping to construct toilet blocks in each of the houses in the village, providing families and vulnerable elderly residents with proper sanitation facilities.
What people say
Camp Colca is a wonderful camp set in the heart of a humble and friendly community on the edge of the great Colca Canyon, the world’s second deepest canyon (and only by a couple of metres!).
This very special location is peaceful and offers you a feeling of space and remoteness. The camp’s elevated position (3,600m) offer spectacular views and encompass some big sweeping landscapes, from the surrounding alto plano desert, to Inca terracing and huge jaw-dropping mountain ranges.
The village is very charming, with little adobe buildings everywhere and donkeys strolling along the dirt roads. Camp Colca is sure to transport you to another world making you feel like part of the community in no time.
Location: 200 km (5 hours drive) from Arequipa Airport
Accommodation: Traditional buildings & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding (including thick blankets!). Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity. US standard plug / European round 2-pin plug
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast & cereal for breakfast; stew with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Alpaca en jugo – Alpaca cooked in fruit juice
If you’re feeling brave: Try Sangrecita – a powdered black pudding!
Social: Chill out zone with fireplace
Camp Moray is situated on a beautiful high plateau (3,600m) close to the world famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This unique wilderness camp gives you a true taste of what it’s like to live in the Andes, with spectacular mountain views across the valley and a real feeling of space and remoteness, allowing you utter peace and a chance to get away from it all.
Location: 50 km (2 hours drive) from Cusco Airport
Accommodation: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, warm bucket showers & basins
Power: Generator (between 06:00 – 10:00 & 16:00 – 20:00). No power sockets
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread & cereal for breakfast; chicken with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Cuy dorado – guinea pig
If you’re feeling brave: Try the above!
Social: Large social/dining tent, camp fire, volleyball court
One of our awesome Camp Leaders in Peru, Percy will have you raring to get stuck into project work and encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. He’s a great character to have around, always making people smile. You’ll certainly be sad to say your goodbyes!
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Welcome to Peru
Welcome to Peru. You will arrive into the ancient Inca city of Cusco, where you will be met by a member of our Camp Peru team and taken to your accommodation in the city. You have a couple of days to explore the fascinating city of Cusco.
Today we head to our beautiful Camp Moray which is approx. 2 hours from Cusco. Camp Moray is set in The Sacred Valley, boasting some seriously impressive views. Upon arrival, you will meet our legendary camp staff who will show you around camp and the neighbouring community.
Project work begins. Projects here are varied but largely focus around the local primary school. You will work with us on a number of initiatives to improve infrastructure and provide safe and productive learning environments for local children.
We head back to Cusco early to enjoy another day in the beautiful city.
Back to projects at Camp Moray.
We then travel across to the very beautiful city of Arequipa. At some points on the journey the road reaches an incredible 4900 meters in altitude.
Road trip to Colca
Today we kick off the epic road trip (approx. 8-9 hours) to Camp Colca. The journey across the Andes is absolutely spectacular and we recommend a good i-pod playlist to accompany your stunning journey views.
Once you’ve met the team and settled into Camp Colca, we will embark on your second project phase. Our work here also focuses on improving infrastructure at local schools. In addition, you will be working in collaboration with the wider community on a number of micro finance initiatives designed to promote sustainable livelihoods.
Cruz del Condor
Today we will set off early from Camp Colca and trek to Cruz del Condor, which usually takes 3-4 hours. This is one of the best places in South America to view the magnificent condor bird (the largest flying bird in the world).
Back to projects at Camp Colca.
We leave Camp Colca and head back to Arequipa. You have a little time for some last minute shopping in Arequipa and a final meal before you depart from Arequipa Airport the next day.
We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to Arequipa Airport, a few hours before your departure.
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