Peru Cultural Immersion College Credit Program - by arrangement through your University and Mountain Spirit

Join us on a unique adventure that combines discovery with learning, to provide an unforgettable travel experience!

Mountain Spirit Institute offers this program for those interested in an out-of-the-ordinary traveling excursion... one that impels you to think differently about the world around you. One that provides the chance to experience - and directly participate in - the places you visit.

We believe that in order to travel well, it’s important to shift your perspective to see how others live and think in their world. Our mission is to facilitate this process through intercultural experiences, reconnecting to the earth, each other and self, by encouraging patience, tolerance and compassion.

This 20-day expedition will provide a unique insight into the wonders, people and culture of Peru. You'll learn from the experience of intercultural immersion, sharing your time and yourself with the Peruvians of Cusco, the Sacred Urubamba Valley and Lima. Individual opportunities with locally based organizations will enable you to get to know the town of Ollantaytambo, and directly participate in a variety of ways. Through these experiences, you'll discover new ways of interacting within foreign cultures, enhance your foreign language skills, and foster new types of learning.

Participants will be based at in the town of Ollantaytambo, which will serve as the center of operations for this program. The historic town is located in the Sacred Valley on the Urubamba River and is on the railway line to Machu Picchu, It’s the jumping off point, (the road actually ends here), for the famed ruins as well as the Inca Trail.

Our program includes six components:

  • Daily activities
  • Service Projects
  • Group Expeditions
  • Solo Experiences
  • Treks along portions of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You'll choose how - and how much - you'd like to become involved. Whether it be a smile, putting yourself "out there" to learn some of the basics of Spanish or Quechua, or lending a helping hand on a service project.

Our Peru expedition is open to twelve participants, and perfect for those who are:

  • Enthusiastic about visiting unfamiliar cultural surroundings and learning from these experiences.
  • Informed of the program's expectations, philosophy and itinerary.
  • Healthy and fit enough to endure the hiking/camping portions of our program.
  • Motivated to participate in the service projects portion of our program.
  • Willing to learn some Spanish (or Quechua) prior to your arrival, and continuing this learning for the duration of our program.

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