Orientation – Cusco
Our program starts in Cusco, the capital of the mighty Incan empire. Following pickups from the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, our group will have an in-country orientation: Spanish classes, a crash course in Peruvian culture and politics, and, of course, our first taste of Peruvian cuisine!
We will spend the first couple of days acclimatizing to the 3,400 m-/11,000 ft-high city and exploring the cobblestone streets of Cusco and villages in the surrounding Sacred Valley region. We will have the opportunity to learn meditation, breathing techniques, basic yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living. Planned meetings with the local community leaders and NGOs will help the team understand the complexity of Peru’s colonial history, the movement of spiritual tourism, and the patterns of development and aid in the country. We will also hit the streets learning how to bargain hard in local markets and how to navigate local transportation in the big city. And of course…learning the sheer delight of ponche and choclo con queso!
**Please note that you must arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco and depart from Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima.