Rise of Alternative Tourism

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  • Learn to surf with Alto Peru, a group of young change-makers who use sport to empower people on Peru’s pacific coast.
  • Learn to juggle with the performers of ACJP who build capacity and create impact through acrobatics in Pachacutec.
  • Hike to the Cerro Gorilla and camp under the stars.
  • Get lazy beside the Cañete River and feel your adrenaline rush while white water rafting down Class IIIs and IVs in Lunahuana!

Program Dates

November 4 – November 12

November 18 – November 26

Fees  + Community Contribution  

$1,300 + $95
$1,425 + $105

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Sample Itinerary

*This itinerary is based on our previous experience with the region. Programs change every year based on the needs of our partners. This should give you a sense of what our program may look like.

Orientation in Lima

We’ll begin our Peruvian adventure in front of Jorge Chavez International Airport in the big, bustling capital of Lima. We’ll then take our orientation to the posh suburb of Mira Flores where we’ll get settled and acclimatize to the sights, sounds, and smells of the region. We’ll learn the local lingo with Escuela Peruwayna and sample some traditional cuisine with a little cooking lesson!

Urban Adventures in Lima

We’ll grab some bicycles and stretch our legs with a unique alternative tour of Lima’s famous and not-so-famous landmarks. From “El Malecon” to Barranco’s old town, get ready see Peru’s vibrant capital in a whole new light!

We’ll then leave our known corner of Lima to hit downtown, where we will dive into Peru’s dark history at Museo de la Nacion and then try to catch sunset from the highest point in town.

Through this day of movement, we will get to eat a typical local dish in the markets and grab some delicious street food on the way!

Transforming Tourism in Lurin

On Day 3, we will walk the streets of La Gamarra – Peru’s, if not all of South America’s, largest informal market. It is a hustling and bustling place where textile and clothing are produced and sold, and where independent manufacturers with lower production costs supply big businesses. At La Gamarra, multiple transactions are happening on different levels – people are buying wholesale for their businesses located in greater Lima, retailers are selling directly to consumers, and producers are exporting their products to North America and Europe.

After a little bit of shopping, we’re off again to nearby Lurin to meet with our partners. On the outskirts of Lima, a group of refugees escaping the Shining Path found safe heaven and are now developing a unique model of cultural and craft-based tourism. There’s simply no better place to kick-start our conversation around the power of social enterprise and the rise of alternative tourism!

Surfing on the Coast

We then head back to Lima where we’ll connect with Alto Peru, an inspiring organization of youth who are doing things just a little differently! Our partner and friends are harnessing the power of sport to provide opportunities to local Peruvians. They’ll teach us to surf and show us how tourism and community-based development go hand-in-hand.

Youth in Action in Pachacutec

Next stop, Pachacutec! Tourism rarely reaches this far-flung barrio of Ventanilla, but after only a short journey north from Lima, our group will be greeted by the awesome Asociación Casa Juvenil Pachacútec (ACJP). This incredible group of creative youth express themselves through dance and acrobatics, using their talents to empower and promote positive change in their community. For three days, we’ll camp and collaborate with ACJP, assisting in the delivery of workshops, playing reflective games, and hitting the beach for a bonfire.

Disorientation in Lunahuana

We will conclude our adventure in the town of Lunahuana. Here on the shores of the Cañete River, tourism is a way of life. We’ll get our adrenaline pumpin’ as we white-water raft down some Class IIIs and IVs. Then we’ll kick back, relax, and reflect on our incredible journey. We will fill our bellies and tell stories, we’ll sip Pisco sours and share lessons learned, we’ll sit under the stars and think about our impact and what we can do to bring it home.

Departures in Lima

On Sunday morning, we’ll make our way back to Lima for hug-filled farewells at Jorge Chávez International Airport. Adios and adelante!

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What’s Included?

A comprehensive program itinerary and educational curriculum focused on the issues facing your specific region

Experienced and caring program leaders with you 24 hours a day

All lodging and accommodations throughout the program

Three local meals a day

All group tours, entrance fees, and excursions

All group transportation on the ground

Regular discussions and workshops to help you internalize and reflect on your experience

Support from OGHQ whenever you need it


With OG, you live like the locals.
We will be sleeping and eating as a team in locally run hostels, family homestays, and community guesthouses that reflect a backpacker’s ethos. Grassroots travel and homestays will allow us to immerse in the local culture but life on the trail means living without some of the comforts to which we’re accustomed. Creepy crawlies are common while comfy beds can’t always be guaranteed– so come prepared. Be ready to share the wonderful simplicity of life in Peru!

Meet Your Regional Director

Emilie lives for creating and seizing opportunities; opportunities to meet people, to challenge herself, to laugh (loudly), and to learn. From Haiti to the Philippines, she early on found travel as way to fulfill all of the above. After a mechanical engineering degree, she quickly figured out that she had a magnetic attraction to engineering experience and connections rather than things, although things would be way easier! She now loves to get her different gears turning, with social and environmental change as the motor. Wherever Emilie is, you’ll find her breaking into a dance, trying to cook something new, and spending time outdoors as much as possible accompanied by endless evenings of music and board games.

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