Christian Brothers' High School: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Huilloc Healthy Cook Stove Project

Christian Brothers' High School: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Huilloc Healthy Cook Stove Project

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the incomparable Machu Picchu and marvel at your first glimpse of these incredible ancient ruins
  • Take in the spectacular, historic city of Cusco
  • Work along side members of Huilloc community to install cook stoves that will improve the health of the families
  • Journey to the beautiful Sacred Valley and the village of Ollantaytambo

Trip Summary

Following on from our time in Lima, this section of our itinerary takes us to explore the famous sites of the Incas including Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, as well as an additional day of service in the village of Huilloc. We spend ample time in Cusco savouring the atmosphere of this great Inca Empire and exploring the famous Inca sites. We discover the Sacred Valley, including the town of Chinchero, the salt mines of Maras, and Moray's mysterious concentric circular terraces, as well as the Ollaytantambo ruins with its monolithic granite blocks. We complete another day of meaningful and impactful service in the village of Huilloc, located in a remote corner of the Sacred Valley, a 30 minute drive from Ollantaytambo, in a district known for its customary traditions of back strap weaving. The community is home to 200 families. The households rely on wood to burn in their rudimentary open fire cook stoves. The cook stoves produce a thick smoke that hangs in the air, trapped within the confines of the small kitchens. Mostly it's the women and children who inhale the smoke during meal preparation spending up to eight hours a day in the kitchen. According to the World Health Organization the inhalation of indoor smoke has been linked to pneumonia in children, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight babies and lung cancer. Christian Brothers’ High School students will install health cook stoves in three homes in the village. The local women give us a weaving demonstration and the local men will show us how they tend to the fields and pay respect to pachamama (earth mother). The discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece, and this startling find provides a grand finale to our time spent in Peru. We return to Cusco for a free day to explore, and celebrate our incredible adventure, before returning to Lima and on-wards to Sydney.

Sample Itinerary

Depart Sydney at 11:10am, arrives in Santiago at 2:25pm. The connecting flight departs Santiago at 4:06pm and arrives in Lima at 5:55pm. CBHS make own arrangements from here. LA 800X 12APR SYDSCL 1110 1425 LA 632X 12APR SCLLIM 1606 1755 (flights subject to change)

Meals:  Nil

CBHS make own arrangements

Meals:  Nil

This morning you board a flight from Lima at 9.53am, arriving in Cusco at 11.20am. You will be met at the airport by your World Youth Adventures representative and transferred to our hotel located in the historic centre. You will be taken to lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by an hour of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. At some stage today we will attend Church in Cusco to celebrate Easter Sunday. This afternoon we take a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro’s men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as ‘the bath of the Inca’. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the evening you will meet with your guide at 6pm at your hotel for a trip briefing, followed by a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza LA2075M 20APR LIMCUZ 0953 1120 (flights subject to change)

Meals:  L,D

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. We visit the salt mines of Maras, which have been in operation since pre-Inca times. This village is a salt-producing center with over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side. We discover Moray's mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. We enjoy lunch in the Sacred Valley where we can savour dishes made with locally grown produce. We descend into the valley to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo. This village is famous for its monolithic granite blocks that had been hauled 500 years ago from the quarries more than 8 km away to become part of an unfinished temple high above the village. The monumental ruins site you’ll visit here is definitely the most impressive in the valley. Dinner is taken at the hotel this evening. Overnight: Hotel Hacienda Del Valle.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we drive 30 minutes to the village of Huilloc. Huilloc is located in a remote corner of the Sacred Valley, in a district known for its customary traditions of back strap weaving. The community is home to 200 families. The households rely on wood to burn in their rudimentary open fire cook stoves. The cook stoves produce a thick smoke that hangs in the air, trapped within the confines of the small kitchens. Mostly it’s the women and children who inhale the smoke during meal preparation, spending up to eight hours a day in the kitchen. According to the World Health Organization the inhalation of indoor smoke has been linked to pneumonia in children, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight babies and lung cancer. Alongside a program put in place by Caritas, you will work alongside the Huilloc community to install three healthy cook stoves. The materials and equipment will be onsite when we arrive and the old cook stoves demolished. The group will be divided into groups of two-three people to work on each cook stove. There will be a local expert on hand to oversee the installations. The community will welcome Christian Brothers High School Lewisham students warmly, providing them with insights into their community and treating them to a local lunch. After a full day of work and immersion, we return to Ollantaytambo, to catch the evening train to Aguas Calientes. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

An early start ensures we can thoroughly explore the remarkable and truly enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary which lasts 2 hours and at the end, you will have another few hours in the company of the guide to explore this fascinating site. We then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. We board the train back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning is free to relax, explore Cusco and do some last minute shopping. After lunch we transfer to the airport for a 2:35pm flight, arriving in Lima at 4:07pm. We depart Lima at 5:47pm arriving in Santiago at 11:30pm. We board the flight to Sydney at 1:35am. LA2122Y 24APR CUZLIM 1435 1607 LA 643Y 24APR LIMSCL 1747 2330 ( flights subject to change )

Meals:  B,L

We board the 1:35am flight from Santiago arriving in Sydney tomorrow morning. LA 801Y 25APR SCLSYD 0135 0915 26APR ( flights subject to change )

Meals:  Nil

The flight arrives into Sydney at 9:15am, where your trip comes to an end. LA 801Y 25APR SCLSYD 0135 0915 26APR ( flights subject to change )

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • From Cusco Day 09 to Cusco Day 13 transfers airport / hotel / airport on private basis with assistance of a local English speaking representative
  • Expert bilingual guide from Cusco Day 09 to Cusco Day 13, with medical kit
  • Twin Share Accommodation at mentioned hotels or similar ones according to availability
  • Sightseeing in Sacred Valley and Cusco with English speaking local guide
  • Full Day Machu Picchu package, services on private basis: o Transfer hotel / train station / hotel o Round trip train ticket Ollanta/Aguas Calientes/Ollanta onboard the Expedition train o Round trip bus ticket Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu o Entrance fee to Machu Picchu o Private tour with local guide
  • LATAM Chile international flights and taxes plus internal flights between Lima and Cusco
  • Donation used to purchase the materials required to install healthy cook stoves into 3 homes in Huilloc

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Tips and gratuities

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:15 Days
Countries:Peru
Starting Point:From Sydney
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning Project
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5480