Peru

Peru programs available for:

High Schools
School Leavers
Did you know?

Guinea pig (cuy) is a traditional delicacy.

Things to do
  • Chat to locals at the vibrant Cuzco and Arequipa markets.
  • Trek along the old Incan trails.
  • Visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Explore Cordillera Blanca, the world’s second highest mountain range.
Located in

South America

Average Temperature

20° C

Official Language/s

Spanish, 43 native dialects.

Currency

Sol (this means ‘sun’ in Spanish)

Welcome to the emerald land. You'll find never-ending adventure and exploration awaiting you—and meet locals who encourage you to do so. Experience the unparalleled mystique of Peru, a country with one of the richest ancient histories in the world. From its archeological marvels to its diversity of natural landscapes, the mystical world of Peru is unlike anything you’ll have ever seen.

Though your itinerary may vary, an Antipodeans trip to Peru is guaranteed to include some of the most beautiful and impressive sights in the world. One day you could be admiring Lake Titicaca atop the Andes (the second highest mountain ranges in the world), the next you could be walking one of the fabled Incan trails, on your way to explore the lost city of Machu Picchu. Top it all off with the enigmatic NAZCA lines—plus the largest concentration of untouched Amazonian jungle in the world—and you’ve got a destination ripe for adventure.

A favourite destination for 20 years, since our first trip in 1997, this South American country is a top pick for many Antipodeans.

“I loved the experiences we had and the things we did, but it was the people who I did it with that amplified all of that ten-fold.”
Jack Saunders at Wellington College New Zealand (Peru Expedition)

The world you’ll explore

Really, the only thing as remarkable as Peru’s sights are its people. Known for their extremely polite, curious and welcoming nature towards visitors, many of the Peruvians you meet will be of the Indigenous Quechua community. As direct descendants of the ancient Inca, these locals have incredible stories to share—and the desire to do so. And whilst it may help to brush up on your Spanish (the official language), don’t be surprised if the conversation takes a few turns. There are 43 different native languages used across the region.

Another thing about the Peruvians? They know how to party. From patron saint feasts to carnivals, there are nearly 3,000 annual festivals celebrated across the country. Most combine Catholic and pre-Hispanic religious traditions and focus on celebrating the Pachamama (‘Mother Earth’). Giving thanks for her endless generosity is a big deal to the Peruvians. With such incredible natural landscapes, who can blame them?

The impact you’ll make

Make a lasting impact as you live and work harmoniously with Peru’s Quechua community— the direct descendants of the Inca people. Whilst in the hills outside of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, you’ll experience the life of a local as you lend a hand on a sustainable community project.

Dependent on your Antipodeans program and the respective community needs, Expedition projects may involve renovating, building and improving school facilities, including teacher accommodation, toilet blocks, greenhouses and vegetable gardens. Students may also assist local teachers in English class, reading books and playing games with the younger children.

The Antips Effect in Peru

98%

of the Quilla Huata/Miski Uno’s children were severely malnourished when we started in 2006.

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greenhouses and a school kitchen were built by Antipodeans, which resulted in a...

90%

drop in malnourishment by the year 2011 and no sever cases being reported. Read the full story

The people who will have your back

For every Expedition, you and your team will be assigned one of our expert leaders to help guide your adventure. Each with enough Frequent Flyer points to fund a family trip around the world, they’re seasoned pros when it comes to adventure travel. The leaders below may not be the same ones you get on your trip—but you get the idea.

This is Joe. He led his first trip to Iceland as a 17 year-old, guided 58 expeditions with us since and is now Antipodeans' Director of Operations.

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