Peru: Hiking the Inca Trail
Fly into Cusco and explore this unique town and its ancient ruins while acclimating to the altitude. Investigate how the town is changing with globalism and tourism. Then it’s off to Machu Picchu, backpacking and sleeping under the stars for four days, eventually reaching the breathtaking World Heritage site.
Flying into Cusco, we will spend two nights exploring the unique town and its people. We will investigate how the town is changing with globalization and tourism, and also take a close look at the food systems at play in the community restaurants and farmlands. We will also explore the architecture of Cusco by visiting ancient ruins. We will also be preparing for our backpacking adventure awaiting us. We will set out for Machu Picchu, backpacking for four full days, sleeping under the stars, and eventually reaching the breathtaking World Heritage site. Throughout, students will be immersed in a new culture, will challenge their individual physical persistence and their ability to work as a cohesive team. They will return with a greater understanding of their global impact, an appreciation of the beauty in our world and what we can do to protect it, and gain empathy and understanding as global citizens.