Cusco, Peru

Peru is home to a wildly diverse geography, from pristine beaches on the western side to the massive Andes Mountains that separate the coast from the lush green jungle. You’ll fly into Lima, the 4th largest city in South America, with one third of all residents of Peru residing there. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, it was called “La Ciudad de los Reyes,” which means “The City of Kings.”

On this Lifetree Adventure you won’t be city-dwelling for long, as we’ll take you far off the beaten path to the historic town of Cusco, and up into the heart of the Andean highlands into the Quechua—one of the eight natural regions of Peru. With its rugged mountain terrain and lush green valleys rich in agriculture, this region is home to the Quechua Indians, direct descendants of the Incan Empire. Here we’ll join our local ministry partner, led by a fascinating indigenous Quechua woman with a passionate heart for building and growing churches in this isolated culture.

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Date Age Availability Stay Informed Register
May 12 2018 to May 20 2018 All Ages Open Keep Me Informed
Jul 07 2018 to Jul 15 2018 All Ages Open Keep Me Informed

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On our Peru Lifetree Adventure, we’ve partnered with local leaders from Assemblies of God churches who are passionate about supporting church growth in the Cusco region of Peru. Small congregations exist in many of the villages found in the Andes. Our ministry partners are local pastors, and they give their time and efforts to supporting these small churches, where the hope of Jesus is being shared through word and deed throughout the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley). You will come alongside these pastors to help with meaningful service and ministry projects. Examples might be:

  • Assisting locals with basic construction of new ministry facilities, such as a children’s ministry area on an existing church.
  • Adding bathroom facilities to existing churches.
  • Assisting with a children’s Bible program in a village.

Service and projects will be site specific and will vary as we approach the timing of the trip. Regardless of how you’ll serve, you’ll be immersed in the culture and lifestyle, making genuine relationships and making a real difference in the lives of the Quechuan people.

Day 1: Late evening arrival in Lima

Flights from the U.S. to the Jorge Chavez International airport in Lima, Peru typically arrive late in the evening. Your trip leader will meet you outside of baggage claim at the airport and guide you to your transportation to a local hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2: Welcome to Lima, Peru! Relax and Enjoy!

Lima is the 4th largest city in South America, with one-third of all residents of Peru residing there. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro, it was called “La Ciudad de los Reyes,” which means “The City of Kings.” You can explore the city of Lima at your leisure, or relax in your hotel catching up on rest from your long day of travel yesterday. In the evening we’ll gather for a welcome dinner together as a group to get to know one another and learn about what adventures are in store for us!

Day 3: Church in Lima, marketplace, and flight to Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll attend a local church in Lima with your group. After church, we’ll visit the Inca Market to shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs and enjoy some lunch. Later that afternoon we’ll head to the Lima airport for an evening flight to Cusco.

Day 4: Head to the mountains for the Quechuan region

After an early breakfast, our team will depart Cusco and travel by comfortable bus/van to Valle Sagrado, one of the most beautiful mountain regions in South America, and meet our local ministry partners in the Quechuan region. We’ll spend time getting to know each other, learning about their culture and exchanging stories, and get an orientation about the various community works they’re doing in the Quechuan region. We’ll settle into our rustic lodge retreat on the mountainside and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner together.

Days 5-7 Service Projects: Make a difference in the lives of the Quechuan people

After breakfast we’ll venture out to serve in a variety of service projects coordinated through local churches in the Quechuan communities. Projects may include assisting locals with basic construction of church facilities, helping run a VBS (Vacation Bible School) for local kids, possibly sports, education, or medical needs based on specific trip dynamics. On Thursday night we’ll travel back to Cusco by a comfortable charter bus/van, have dinner as a group at a local restaurant, and stay overnight in a Cusco hotel.

Day 7: Explore Cusco

Welcome to Cusco, the historical hub of the Inca Empire! At 11,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains, Cusco’s beauty and history are stunning. After breakfast you’ll take a guided tour of Cusco, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of this incredible city. For those concluding their Peru Lifetree Adventure on this day you’ll board a late afternoon flight back to Lima, to catch your flight back to the United States. (Flights back to the U.S. typically depart Perú after 10pm.)

Days 8-9: OPTIONAL: Machu Picchu Excursion

Contact us for pricing and details.

Price: $1699 per person
Deposit: $200 per person

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*Additional cost of the roundtrip group flight from Lima to Cusco is not included, and will be calculated closer to departure (price approx. $200). Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another individual traveler of the same gender. Three days of the lodging at the Quechuan retreat center may be rooms of up to 4-5 people.

Price includes lodging, most meals, project and materials cost, dedicated trip leader, and transportation to daily activities. Airfare for arrival and departure from Lima is not included. Optional Macchu Picchu excursion add-on is available for an additional fee.

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You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates tab for each location. Or, please call Robin Alm, our expert Lifetree Adventure Trip Advisor at 800-747-9118.

Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.

We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip.

Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.

Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.

Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $200 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.

Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.

You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.

Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.

Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.

We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.

Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.

All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.

If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.

Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:

All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.

There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.

If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.

Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out other trip types here.

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