Discover a kaleidoscope of culture and history in this picturesque region of Peru. At around 11,000 feet, the Andean city of Cusco is located on top of what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Live with a local host family; practice your Spanish as you prepare and share meals; shop at local markets; and mingle with Cusqueño people, most of whom are bilingual in Spanish and Quechua - the local indigenous language. It’s all part of the mix, or mestizaje, of Andean and Catholic traditions, and old and new — that makes this South American experience so unique.
- OBSERVE the ancient city of Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu mountain.
- EXPERIENCE ancient Incan technology and waterworks at the Inca citadel of Ollantaytambo.
- BREATHE IN NATURE hiking through the breathtaking Sacred Valley.