Sacred Valley Conservation Volunteer Program – ECOAN
Duration: 7 Days
ECOAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve species of plants and animals in danger of extinction in threatened ecosystems in Ollantaytambo district of the Sacred Valley. Your role as a volunteer is to plant native trees and revegetate the native forest which is the only habitat for a diversity of native flora and fauna, including various species of birds in danger of extinction. Through your contribution each day, you will be helping to preserve and conserve this pristine environment for many years to come, whilst empowering and educating local communities
Arrive in Lima and experience the colonial grandeur and excellent museums of the capitol.
With its ancient archaeological sites, fascinating museums and unique Andean atmosphere, Cusco’s sights and sounds never fail to inspire all those who travel there.
Spend 3 days in Sacred Valley volunteering in the ECOAN project, by planting native trees in a conservation area who’s aim is to protect and conserve native and endangered local flora and fauna.
Take a guided tour of the lost city of the Incas, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Lima arrival transfer
Day 2: Lima to Cusco then transfer to Sacred Valley
Day 3: Spend the day tree planting
Day 4: Spend the day tree planting
Day 5: Spend the day tree planting
Day 6: Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu for your guided tour
Day 7: Cusco to Lima
Tailor Made Suggestions
Add in a 3 or 4 day trip to an Amazon lodge or even to a luxury Amazon cruise
Extend your stay in Lima or add in a tour of Pre Colombian Art Museum
Extend your stay in Cusco at the end of your trip to add a city tour or Inca ruins tour
Stay longer in the Sacred Valley and spend more days planting trees at the ECOAN project or combine it with another volunteer project such as speaking English with students at the Sol y Luna Community college.
Spend another night in Machu Picchu and visit the ruins a second time in the morning
Explore the Sacred Valley by visiting local markets or surrounding ruins on a guided tour
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Lima! 'The city of the Kings'.
Upon arrival you will be met by a local representative at the airport and be privately escorted to your hotel in Lima.
Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival into Cusco aiport you will be met by a local representative to be privately escorted to your hotel in Sacred Valley
Optional: Half day Maras and Moray
Start off by visiting the salt mines of Maras that have an intense white shimmer, which appears on a sunny day - an impressive sight for any visitor. Salt was extracted from these mines during Inca times and the same method has still been used ever since. You then head to Moray that has circular terraces hidden among the hills, which are similar to a Greek amphitheater. Surrounded by an impressive backdrop of snow-covered mountains, Moray was used as an open-air agricultural lab for adapting crops to different environmental conditions.
Days 3,4 & 5: Sacred Valley
After breakfast at 8:30am you will be transfered to the ECOAN tree planting project in Abra Málaga.
A Box lunch is included. Your day finishes at 2pm, when you will be transferred back to your hotel to have the afternoon for personal leisure.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Day 6: Sacred Valley - Cusco - Machu Picchu
Transfer to Ollantaytambo rail station with the driver.
The Vistadome train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards until recently in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.
Buffet lunch will be served in the restaurant Tinkuy of ‘Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge’ (the only hotel located right next to the Machu Picchu Inca citadel). Depending on the time of arrival in Machu Picchu the restaurant’s location allows re-entrance into the citadel without paying a second entrance fee. Return by Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy.
Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo or Poroy rail station you will transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Day 7: Cusco - Lima
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.
Upon arrival in Lima you will be met by a local representative and then be transferred to La Rosa Nautica restaurant to enjoy the farewell lunch.
Enjoy a menu lunch at La Rosa Nautica. This unique restaurant in Victorian-style is set on the water with views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the cliffs and provides the scenic location to drink a toast to a memorable trip in Peru. The restaurant's four dining areas, and its cozy bar 'El Espigón', rising from the midst of the ocean, allow the visitor to enjoy a magical experience, which can only be possible in a place of fantasy, capriciously constructed in the middle of the sea. The menu features both Peruvian and international cuisine. Still, it is its refined seafood cuisine this restaurant is famous for. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Departs - Daily
Casa Andina Select
Double Tree El Pardo
Agustos Valle Sagrado
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Sol y Luna
Maytaq Wasin Boutique
Return internal flights from Lima to Cusco
All Private Transfers and ground transport
Accommodation based on the selected hotel category
Train ticket Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo (or Poroy) in Vistadome Class (Superior Class).
Conservation project contribution fee
Meals as noted
What's not included
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Travel Protection Plan
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Hotel rates are based on lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events such as Carnival, New Years Eve & World Cup.
Internal airfare prices are based on your arrival into South America being with LAN Airlines. Supplements may apply if you arrive with another airline.
All rates are subject to change due to availability