Peru: Andes to Amazon

Peru: Andes to Amazon

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2024 Travel Dates

July 2 – July 16, 2024 Very Limited Start Here

Traverse southern Peru from the high Andes mountains to the depths of the Amazon rain forest on this extraordinary service adventure. Get to know your group through community service, mountain treks, and an unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu. Say goodbye to the mountains as you travel deep into the Amazon rainforest and truly experience nature. See wildlife up close and journey to an ecolodge and work alongside the jungle community on conservation projects to help protect this treasure. The perfect trip for adventurers looking to experience parts of Peru on—and off—the map.

Service projects support UN Sustainable Development Goals: Life on land (SDG 15)

Students love visiting secluded Peruvian villages and spending time in the jungle!

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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks
Main Luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.


It is winter in the southern hemisphere and we’ll be spending significant time at high altitude and camping. Come prepared for cold winter nights. Think of how you can pack for wearing layers to allow you flexibility depending on how warm or cold it is.

  • Socks (14) Including a couple longer pairs.
  • Underwear (14)
  • Shorts (1-3)
  • Loose pants/capris (2-3)
  • Jeans (1)
  • T-shirt (5-7)
  • Long sleeve shirt (5-7)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Micro puff jacket (evenings can be very cold at these altitudes)
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers/Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat for sun
  • Winter hat
  • Winter gloves/mittens
  • Quick dry towel
  • Headlamp/flashlight


(travel sized in ziplock bags)

  • Shampoo (biodegradable)
  • Conditioner (biodegradable)
  • Body wash (biodegradable)
  • Face wash (biodegradable)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
Important Reminders
  • *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and shorts with a 3” or more inseam.
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.
  • Students will need to use a face shield in many indoor locations, including airports.

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