Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Peru/Bolivia

Faculty: Isabelle Corneaux, Kathy Heininge
Meeting Time: M - 6:30 - 9:00 PM   

Pink dolphins! Flamingos! Piranhas! Iguanas! Thermal baths! Salt Flats! Oh, and Machu Picchu!

This trip will fulfill bucket list items you didn’t even know should be on your bucket list. We will fly into Lima, Peru, for a boat trip up the Amazon into the jungle where, after our encounter with pink dolphins, we will learn about the environment and the indigenous culture, including getting mud treatments for our skin and fishing for piranha. We will then go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas through the stunning scenery of the Andes Mountains and learn about the famous Peruvian ceramics.

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a 15thcentury Incan estate that the outside world only learned about in 1911. Our hike up (and I mean UP!...8050 feet in elevation) to Machu Picchu will take us through villages and amazing scenery, and our very knowledgeable guide will reveal some of  mysteries of this magical city.

We will continue on to Cuzco, to Lake Titicaca and Amantani Island, where we will get to meet and stay with some of the local people, learning about their folklore and crafts.

Leaving Peru, we will enter Bolivia and proceed to La Paz, the highest capital of the world, where we can ride the cable car system over this remarkable city. From here we will go to the Uyuni Salt Mines for a four-day four-wheel-drive adventure through geothermal lagoons and flamingo breeding grounds, and terrain you can’t even imagine.

There is so much more included in this trip!

Beware: You must be prepared for serious hiking, high altitudes, and adventure! 

Preliminary Itinerary:

DAY 1: Travel
We will arrive late in the day in Lima, Peru.

DAY 2: LIMA
Morning: we’ll have the chance to enjoy Lima city downtown
Afternoon: flight from Lima to Iquitos town.

DAY 3: IQUITOS THE MIGHTY AMAZON RIVER & AMAZON LODGE
Fast boat transfer for 3 hours (90 miles) upriver to the lodge at the Amazon River.

DAY 4: AMAZON LODGE
Sunrise tour + bird watching tour+ view of the jungle
Morning: Avatar Amazon Park:Canopy attraction: an experience full of adrenaline! 
Afternoon: Visit the indigenous community "Yagua"to enjoy an exhibition of their songs, dances, forms of hunting and crafts. 

Day 5: AMAZON LODGE
Adventure in the jungle: We will spend the day exploring and conducting different activities: piranha fishing, boating, hiking, swimming in the Rio Amazonas and will enjoy an excellent mud treatment for the skin in the fabulous natural spa jungle can offer.

Day 6: AMAZON LODGE
Using small boats, we will experience one of the most magical moment of the trip, which is to watch and swim with pink dolphinsplaying around the boat. We’ll also see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia and iguanas.
Afternoon: back to Iquitos and flight to Lima. 
Then the Inca study tour continues in the Sacred Valley, Peruwhere we will stay 6 days.

Day 7: FLIGHT TO CUSCO + THE ANDES & THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Flight Lima-Cusco (11,000 feet).
Travel by minivan towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Expect stunning scenery throughout the 3 hour drive. Stop at Pisaq village. The glaciated summits of the Vilcanota Mountain range and the descent into the Urubamba River valley demonstrate the dramatic contrasts of the Andes Mountains.

Day 8: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
We will take a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley: Urubamba town and its local market, visit the most famous Peruvian ceramics SEMINARIO. Sunset at the Inca site & Inca village of Ollantayatmbo,

DAY 9: DAY HIKE TO MACHUPICCHU/THE SUN GATE
Catch a train to Aguas Calientes and go through the beautiful Urubamba River Valley.
The trailstarts at 6,600 feet in the Cloud forest. We’ll see many small Inca sites including Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. After our lunch stop at Winay Wayna, hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns, broad-leaf vegetation. We cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and the magical city of Machu Picchu (8,050 ft.)

DAY 10: MACHUPICCHU TOUR + PM TRAIN TO CUSCO CITY
Full guided tour of Machu Picchu. Our guide will explain this magical place.
Free afternoon at Aguas Calientes, board the train to Ollantaytambo and then continue by minivan to Cusco. 

DAY 11:EXPLORE CUSCO WITH A LOCAL GUIDE.
Explore Plaza de Armas, Koricancha Sun Temple located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery, Mercado San Pedro, outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

DAY 12:  EXPLORE CUSCO WITH A LOCAL GUIDE.
We can organize a visit to a medical center, school, orphanage, old people’s house or plan a charity activity with professors. 
We will then go towards Lake Titicaca for 3 days

DAY 13: LAKE TITICACA (12,400ft) + BOAT TO AMANTANI ISLAND FOR HOMESTAY.
Travel by bus for 8-10 hours along the Vilcanota River and onto the Altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Scheduled stops to appreciate the immensity of the Andean landscapes: it includes Raqchi inca village and Pukara pre inca site tours.
Boat to Amantani Island, hike around the island. Spend the night with a local family and learn about their ancestral traditions, daily life, learn about the traditions of Aymara speaking people and their beautiful knitting, 

DAY 14: AMANTANI ISLAND
Visit of the local primary school. Interaction with children. Lunch at homestay and afternoon free to explore the island, visit the weaving centers to learn about their knitting and spinning techniques and much more. 

DAY 15: UROS FLOATING ISLAND & THE CITY OF PUNO
Tour the fascinating floating reed islands of Uros and continue our journey towards Puno, considered the Folkloric Peruvian Capital. We’ll explore the colonial city, its plazas, markets and shops. 
Then we will continue our trip to Bolivia for 7 days

DAY 16: TRANSFER TO LA PAZ (BOLIVIAN CAPITAL)
We will drive to the Bolivian border, go through the immigration process and continue on our new Bolivian vehicle toward the Pre-Columbian ruins of Tiwanaku, founded around 1500BC.
We will then drive to La Paz, the highest capital in the world or the ‘Tibet of the Americas’.

DAY 17: LA PAZ CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Tour the city: main square, presidential palace, government congress buildings, Cathedral, Basilica of San Francisco, ‘Calle Jaén’, one of the city's best preserved colonial streets. A visit to La Paz would not be complete without riding the innovative cable car systemfor views over the entire city. We will also visit the ‘Moon Valley’, known for its intriguing landforms of eroded canyons, pinnacles and cactuses.

Day 18: FLIGHT FROM ALTO LA PAZ TO UYUNI
In the morning, we’ll fly from El Alto to Uyuni. Arriving to Uyuni (12000f) we’ll explore the small town and in the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Train Cemeterywhere we’ll have or first view of the Salt mines. Amazing photo opportunities to watch the sun come down and watch the light cast shadows and reflections on the water.

DAY 19: UYUNI SALT MINES. 1stday 4WD ADVENTURE
Begin a three day 4WD adventureto discover the incredible landscapes of Salar de Uyuni, including salt flats, colorful lagoons and cactus islands. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, covering over four thousand square miles. We will drive via San Cristobal village and through the rocky valley where we see some remarkable stone formations. Finally, we will arrive at the area of Villamar, where our unique hotel is located (4,044m).

DAY 20: UYUNI SALT MINES: 2nd  day 4WD ADVENTURE
First stop at Polques Thermal Baths, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters, then will go to Eduardo Avaroa National Parkand the Sol de Mañana hot springs. At the end of the day we'll visit LagunaColorada (red lagoon), Laguna Verde (green lagoon) and Laguna Blanca (white lagoon). Flamingo breeding grounds are found here and we’re certain to see flocks of them at the lagoons, as well as possibly vicunas and Andean geese.

DAY 21: UYUNI SALT MINES: 3rd  day 4WD ADVENTURE + PM FLIGHT TO LA PAZ BOLIVIA
We’ll spend the day on the salt flats. Wonderful photo opportunities! Visit Incahuasi Island, known for its giant cacti and unusual fossils. This small island on the middle of the salt flats is an amazing sight and we have the chance to walk across it for 360 views from the top. After dinner, we’ll flight back to the Bolivian capital city of LA PAZ.

DAY 22: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA –PDX, USA
Travel day