Peru Challenge 2020

Make your dreams of visiting Peru a reality & support YCI’s global youth livelihood solutions this March 24-29, 2020.

Register by December 15

Inquire now to get more info & we’ll be in touch soon with next steps!

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Peru Challenge 2020 at a Glance

 

Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring, ancient city that far surpasses expectations. Situated high in the Andes, Machu Picchu is a marvel of mysteries from the Inca Empire drawing in thousands of visitors from around the globe each year captivated by this archeological wonder. On this once in a lifetime journey, you’ll explore the ruins with an expert guide and spend time enjoying Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire (3,400 m). To top it off, you will hike the spectacular Rainbow Mountain, the Mountain of Colors (5,020 m), where you will learn the history of this geological wonder and the minerals and rocks of colors formed.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – March 24: Arrival in Lima 

You’ll be greeted upon arrival at Lima International Airport and transferred to your hotel where you’ll get a briefing on your itinerary, receive vouchers for the services included and discuss any additional information needed.

 

Overnight in Lima: Britania Miraflores Hotel

Meals included: none

Day 2 – March 25: Flight to Cusco 

Morning or afternoon transfer to Lima International Airport for your flight to Cusco. You’ll be greeted upon arrival upon arrival and transferred to your hotel where you can rest and adapt to the altitude.

 

Overnight in Cusco: Anden Inca Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel in Lima

Day 3 – March 26: Sacred Valley 

Morning bus excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the picturesque Pisac Market, the shopping paradise of the Andes. Dust off your negotiation skills because you can barter here! We’ll also enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical Peruvian lunch.

 

In the afternoon, passing through the towns of Calca and Urubamba, we will visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town and get a good sense of what this strategic military and agricultural centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

 

On our way back to Cusco we stop of at the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero to visit the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. We will admire a well-preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square and visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations with interesting frescoes in the portico.

 

We will return to Cusco in the late afternoon for a free evening. We suggest strolling around the Main Square to enjoy the night atmosphere and try a delicious Pisco Sour in one of the many pubs.

 

Overnight in Cusco: Anden Inca Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel in Cusco and lunch

Day 4 – March 27: Machu Picchu  

The day starts with an early morning transfer to the train station for the journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. We arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to this archeological wonder.

 

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, a local guide will share the wonders of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. Afterwards, you’ll have time to stroll around the ancient ruins at your leisure before our return to Cusco.

 

Overnight in Cusco: Anden Inca Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel in Cusco

Day 5 – March 28: Rainbow Mountain

It an early start with 4:30 am pick up at your hotel to begin the journey through the South Valley. We will stop in Quesiuno (4,326 m), approximately 3 hours later, where we will have a delicious breakfast before a brief transfer to the trailhead/camp.

 

At around 9 am, we will begin our 3-hour trek.

 

Around 11:55 am, we will arrive at Rainbow Mountain, the Mountain of Colors (5020 m), where our guide will provide the history of this geological wonder and the minerals and rocks of colors formed. If we’re lucky, and the weather cooperates, we can spend time enjoying the landscape and take pictures that will incite envy from even the most experienced travelers.

 

12:45 – pm: Begin our return to the camp

3 pm: Arrival at camp for a well-deserved buffet lunch

4pm: Return to Cusco by bus

7 pm: Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel

 

Overnight in Cusco: Anden Inca Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel in Cusco and lunch at Rainbow Mountain

Day 6 – March 29: Cusco – Lima 

At 10:30am, we will transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima International Airport to catch your flights back to Canada.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel in Cusco

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Important Dates

December 15, 2019: Registration Deadline
Register online with a $500 CAD deposit by December 15, 2019 to secure your spot.

 

February 15, 2020: Fundraising Deadline
In total, you will be required to fundraise $3500 CAD by February 15, 2020 to participate but we encourage you to fundraise as much as you can.

Costs

 

The cost to participate in YCI’s Peru Challenge 2020 is $3500 CAD. This includes the $500 CAD deposit to secure your spot.

Whats included:

  • Domestic airfare: Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • 4 nights accommodations in Cusco at Anden Inca Hotel (or similar), and 1 night accommodations in Lima at Britania Miraflores Hotel (or similar)
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Meals where indicated in the itinerary
  • Transportation and entrance to all visitor sites as indicated in the itinerary, including Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco via Expedition Train
  • Local certified bilingual guides

 

What’s not included:

  • International air travel to and from Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima
  • Any meals and drinks not listed, including all alcoholic beverages
  • Any personal purchases made while in Peru
  • Personal items, required medical preparations/insurance and travel insurance
  • Gratuities – please see tipping guide in FAQs

Step-by-step process

  • If you have any questions, fill out an inquiry form and a member of our team will be in contact shortly to schedule a call to answer any questions, concerns, etc.
  • Register and pay $500 CAD deposit to secure your spot (deadline: December 15, 2019).
  • When you register, you will also be asked to create a username and password for you’re personal crowdfunding campaign page. You can then login to your page and customize it how you’d like!
  • In total, you will be required to fundraise $3500 CAD (including the $500 CAD deposit) by February 15, 2020 but we encourage you to fundraise as much as you can.
  • Purchase emergency medical/evacuation insurance and book your flight and send YCI your details
  • Contact us at any point if you have any questions or concerns – Alison Roadburg: aroadburg@yci.org or info@yci.org
  • See you in Lima!

Crowdfunding is leveraging the power of your networks to fundraise easily online. By setting up your personal crowdfunding campaign, your networks will be able to donate directly to your climb fees via VISA or MasterCard and we’ll handle the rest! All donations over $20 (CAD) will automatically receive a Canadian tax receipt. Unfortunately, international donations are not eligible for tax receipts.

 

Tips to Amplify Your Campaign:

  • Start your campaign off with a small donation to get the ball rolling.
  • Upload a personal photo or video to your profile page (Or add up to 5)!
  • Write a message on your profile page to provide a personal touch to your campaign.
  • Leverage social networks, sharing your campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Send an email with a personal note and a link to your campaign to your personal and professional networks.
  • You can provide a ‘perk’ for your campaign (i.e. a postcard from Peru if someone donates over a certain amount).
Already Registered?

 

Click below to go to the Peru Challenge 2020 Campaign, where you can access fundraising, FAQs, and more info!

Peru Challenge 2020
Frequently asked questions
Is my deposit refundable? 

No, the deposits are not refundable. We are working with an excellent company in Tanzania to design and develop the best trip possible for our group. We have put the deposit schedule in place to help us better understand our group numbers so our local partners can secure transportation, hotel bookings, climb logistics and crew.

If I decide not to go, are the funds I raised refundable?

No, any funds that are raised are not refundable, as these go towards supporting YCI’s global youth livelihood solutions.

What programs will my money support? 

Your money will help support the development of new and existing programs for Youth Challenge International (YCI). YCI is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Building on over 30 years of experience, YCI’s creative, market-ready solutions help catapult youth around the world to succeed and prosper.

I’ve paid my deposit, now what?

Once you have paid your deposit, you will receive an email with a participant information form and welcome package. This will provide you with an array of resources to help you fundraise and prepare for your challenge!
 

The fundraising balance is due February 15, 2020, at which point we will ask that you read and sign the terms and conditions and submit your flight and insurance details to us as soon as possible. About 2 weeks before departure, you will receive an email from us with the final trip details and airport pick up information.

How do I/we fundraise?  

This is 100% up to you! Once your deposit is paid, we will provide you a toolkit with ideas and tips to get started. We encourage you to be creative and are here to help and support you along the way. All fundraising will be done via Raisin – a secure online platform to easily collect funds.

 

All donations over $20 CAD are eligible for a tax receipt, with the exception of donations made by parents of the participant. Under CRA regulations, Youth Challenge International cannot issue an official donation receipt if a donor is contributing towards a program in which their child is participating.

Is Peru safe? 

As in most countries, there are areas that are recommended to avoid. Peru can be safe if you take precautions and necessary advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely. At all times, be aware of your surroundings as you would in any large city. Criminals tend to work in groups and use different ruses to distract travelers. Though there is no need to be overly concerned with these risks – most tourists visit Peru without any harm and are absolutely thrilled to discover this wondrous country. Make sure you always have an ID on you, such as a photocopy of your passport or other identification, just in case.

 

Some safety tips:

  • Crowded places such as bus terminals, train stations, markets and fiestas are the haunts of pickpockets; wear your day pack in front of you or carry a bag that fits snugly under your arm.
  • Thieves look for easy targets, such as a bulging wallet in a back pocket or a camera held out in the open; keep spending money in your front pocket and your camera stowed when it’s not in use.
  • Carry a copy of your identification documents. Keep the originals and the rest of valuable personal effects in the safety deposit box of your hotel.
  • Wear valuable items discretely; don’t carry large sums of cash and watch your bags and luggage.
  • Refrain from exchanging currency on the street.
  • It is advisable to use taxi companies for transportation (they can be requested by phone) or cabs authorized by the municipal authorities
  • It is forbidden to take photographs of airports, military bases, police stations and areas surrounding high voltage towers.
  • Walk purposefully wherever you are going, even if you are lost; if you need to examine your map, duck into a shop or restaurant.
  • Always take an official taxi at night and from the airport or bus terminals. If threatened, it’s better just to give up your goods than face harm.

Moreover, please refer to the Government of Canada website which has additional resources on travel:

 

Canadian Passports

Travel Advice and Advisories

Assistance abroad

Ask travel

Travel abroad

Do I/we need a visa or vaccines to visit Peru?

Please refer to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website, or visit a Passport Health professional in Canada, for details of what is required and recommended here.

 

Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Peru for tourism stays under ninety (90) days. Canadians tourists are given an Andean Immigration Card and an entry stamp in their passports upon arrival. This is the same for most American and Western European countries, but we recommend that if you are from outside of Canada to confirm your entry requirements with your embassy.

Do you provide trip insurance? 

No, we will not be providing group travel insurance and you are required to purchase emergency medical and medical evacuation to participate. Please check the fine print of your policy to make sure it covers higher elevations. You will be asked to provide evidence of cover before travel. Trip cancellation insurance is also recommended.

Is altitude illness a risk? 

Altitude sickness can catch many travellers off guard. Not everyone gets sick at high altitudes and it is difficult to predict who is likely affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a mild headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time (1-2 days).

 

It is recommended to acclimatize to the altitude before partaking in more strenuous activities and the trip itinerary has been developed with this in mind. Our second day in Cusco offers time for everyone to rest and acclimatize.

 

However, it is recommended that you visit your doctor, or a travel doctor, as there are medications that can help with potential altitude sickness. Though you may not experience it, it may be helpful to have just in case.

What should we take for possible altitude sickness?

It is highly recommended that you speak with a travel doctor before your trip to advise on the best medication for altitude acclimatisation. Diamox (Acetazolamide) is probably the most popular option, but in case you are taking any other medication or have an allergy, please seek guidance from a doctor to ensure it (or something similar) is a suitable and viable option for you.

 

Diamox (Acetazolamide) is a prescription drug in the USA, Canada, Europe and most western countries. This will not be available to purchase once you are in Tanzania, so you are responsible to bring your own.

What should I pack? 

A full packing list will be provided closer to your departure, but for now think layers, sporty, versatile, and practical. Here are some suggestions:

 

  • Hiking boots and thick socks
  • Warm layers of clothing – jacket, sweater
  • Comfortable clothing for excursions and walking around the city
  • Rain coat
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Small backpack or daypack for excursions
  • Water bottle
What fitness level does this trip require?

You do not need to be a marathon runner to attend this trip. It has been designed to attract all fitness levels. That said, there will be a significant amount of walking, so we highly recommend that you have the ability and interest to be on the move! Moreover, if you have a heart condition, we will need to know as soon as possible as some excursions may have restrictions. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about ability or accessibility.

What if I have an allergy?

We would recommend if you suffer from any allergy or medical condition to please notify us so that we can make sure the trip is 100% safe for you. In addition, we recommend you bring enough of your regular medication for the duration of the trip as we may not always be near a medical facility.

What is the time zone in Peru?

Peru has one time zone -5h GMT

What are the guidelines for tipping in Peru?

Here is an excellent resource to help guide you as to the proper tipping etiquette in Peru.