Hot Springs, Llamas, and Ruins: Adventures in the Land of the Inca

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Be amazed by the natural and cultural beauty of this region as you participate in cross-cultural exchange, trek over high mountain passes, and visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

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About the Trip

The highlands of Peru are an ideal landscape to experience the majesty of the Inca Empire and to challenge yourself as a leader and a hiker! Engage in meaningful cross-cultural exchange in the magical city of Cusco and the breathtaking Sacred Valley. Participate in hikes, soak in hot springs, and experience an overnight camp out in the remote Andes. The cherry on top of this adventure is the final stop: the famous citadel of Machu Picchu.

This program will focus on globally responsible leadership, female empowerment, and learning to live a No Barriers Life. This 11-day expedition begins in Houston, TX, where you will meet your fellow travelers. From there, you will fly to Lima, Peru, and spend some time sightseeing before continuing on to the city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. You spend two days getting familiar with the region and acclimating to the altitude by visiting a traditional weaving school, handicraft markets, Inca ruins and participating in a service project. Then your hiking days begin, exploring beautiful vistas and greeting wild llamas and alpacas on your journey. You will hike into the UNESCO World Heritage Site and New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

You will learn, laugh, lead and live life fully… returning home ready to take action and better your community. To complete your experience, you’ll design a follow-up leadership project that takes your trip to a whole new level!

Where You Go

Cusco, Peru

What to Know

  • Must be in good physical condition (must provide doctor’s signature on physical) and prepared to hike and camp at high altitudes
  • Committed to an academic experience and have a passion for leadership
  • Possess good teamwork, communication, and leadership skills
  • Open-minded, flexible, and ready to experience another culture and ecosystem
  • Must be open to learning about natural world and responsible global citizenship
  • Able to participate in planning session conference calls leading up to the trip after acceptance into the program

The Dates

July 2019 (Exact dates TBD)

Must be 14–18 years old at the time of the program, and must have completed your freshman year of high school.

What to Bring

A comprehensive packing list will be provided upon acceptance.

All participants must have a valid passport, expiring no sooner than January 30, 2020

The Cost

Program Fee: $4,000

Program Fee includes round-trip international airfare from Houston, TX. Participants will have to arrange their own airfare or other transportation to and from Houston.

Program Fee includes accommodations, ground transportation, all meals, guides, and activities. Fee does not include passport/visa fees, baggage fees, personal spending money, or food and snacks beyond the three meals per day provided.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance.

Download Application Forms
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Contact Information

Stefanie Argus, Senior Director of Girl Experience, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, T: 484.626.2215
Valerie Pierpont, Girl Scouts of the USA National Volunteer,