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Peru by Backpack

Peru by Backpack

Become a savvy, adventurous backpacker on this life-changing trek through Peru’s many natural wonders. This is a unique Rustic experience designed for experienced travelers that puts the journey in your hands. Living out of your pack, manage your budget, negotiate with locals, and learn to travel like a pro. Camp under the stars in the magnificent Andes, trek to stunning turquoise lagoons and glaciated peaks, and explore one of the greatest archaeological landmarks on the globe—Machu Picchu. After an intense yet rewarding three weeks, return home knowing how to find hidden spots off the tourist track, meet fascinating people, and truly interact with local culture.

This is an Alumni-Only program for students between the ages of 16-18 who have successfully completed a previous Rustic Pathways program.

Students love hiking the stunningly beautiful Lares Trek.

Students love our programs in Peru!
Departure Dates
  1. June 15 - July 06, 2021

  2. July 06 - July 27, 2021

Program Profile
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide for this program.

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A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • 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
  • Travel Documentation
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal, don’t go bigger!


  • Socks (10-12)
  • Underwear (10-12)
  • Thermal base layer (1 set)
  • Pants/capris/leggings (2)
  • Athletic shorts (1-2)
  • Jeans (1)
  • T-shirt (3-5)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (5-7)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Micro puff jacket
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Quick dry towel


(travel sized in ziplock bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • 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


  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Sleeping bag (15 degree)