Friends and Family Trip

Dates: August 3 – 17, 2011 First team meeting: Saturday April 16, 3pm at the Youthlinc office in Brickyard. Email for directions.

To Reserve your place send your application with a $250 non-refundable deposit to the office as soon as possible.

Peru is one of our most popular destinations for the Friends & Family Trips, most likely because participants can visit two outstanding wonders: the natural wonder of the Amazon Rainforest and the man-made wonder of Machu Picchu.

Along the Amazon, the team will work with the people of the tiny pueblo of Palmeras, a Youthlinc site for the past two years. The team will continue the construction, education, community health, and microenterprise projects of our Service Year group which will visit in July. Look forward to a jungle walk, piranha fishing, pink dolphin watching, and lots of interaction and exposure to the fascinating culture of the shy but welcoming River people.

We stay at the Heliconia Lodge, hosted by our in-country coordinator, Iquitos Rotarian and longtime friend Carlos Acosta. This Swiss Family Robinson style lodge now has pool in its central courtyard so the team can cool off after a day of service in the jungle heat.

This team will also travel to Cusco, ancient seat of the Inca culture, and tour one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was rediscovered covered in jungle in 1911. The site dates from the early 1400s, built by the Incas as a place for spiritual study and astronomical observation. There are terraced agricultural plots, houses, and ceremonial rooms. Few people have toured Machu Picchu and left without remarking that the ruin evokes a profound feeling of inspirational human accomplishment and spirituality.

The team will also tour Lima and visit the Indian Market for some of the world’s most amazing shopping before an idyllic dinner in Rosa Nautica restaurant, extending out into the Pacific Ocean.

Cost: $3,590, includes airfare, all tours, transportation and meals. Apply at Click APPLY, or go to PROGRAMS/Friends & Family for more information.

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