Program Highlights

Hike to Incredible Machu Picchu!

The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it was voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”

Travel to Cusco, Peru and discover an ancient culture as you hike to majestic Machu Picchu, explore the Inca Empire, and volunteer to make a difference in the lives of families.

You’ll Unlock Your Potential On the Trail

Machu Picchu, or “Old Peak,” located only 80 kilometers from Cusco, Peru, where students traveling on GLA’s Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley program stay. It has gained worldwide recognition since its rediscovery, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it was voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” People from all across the globe travel to see this intact representation of Incan culture, and to hike the exclusive Inca Trail, which has strict limits on the number of people who may make the hike each day. GLA students, however, get to make this amazing journey, and participate on a 2-day hike through the Andes that culminates in a day spent exploring the Lost City of the Incas!

“An Indescribable Experience”

Read what GLA student ambassador and Ambassador-of-the-Year Max Bone had to say about his day at Machu Picchu:

“We arrived early and spent three hours walking around with animated and excited tour guides, who revealed secrets of the lost city of Machu Picchu. During our tour, we walked the path of the original Inca inhabitants, learned phrases of Quechua (the Inca’s original language), maneuvered through dark tunnels and learned the secrets of the Inca’s amazing architecture! It was an indescribable experience. We were also given plenty of time for independent exploration and taking photos in the lost city. Through the journey was challenging at times, we persevered to finish the trail and were rewarded with a wonderful day exploring!”