CN PeruEighty-seven students, twenty chaperones, six flights, six groups, five topics, one incredible adventure!

The trip began at the international terminal of the San Francisco airport at 4:45 am in our neon blue Peru G-Adventures t-shirts. Tired but excited students and chaperones started on the re-imagined Peru class trip, nearly eleven months in the making. In August of last year, a team of dedicated staff and faculty visited Peru to build connections and create a tailored, immersive experience for our “Mighty Ninety.”

Unlike past years, students were divided into smaller groups that focused on five topics: agriculture, architecture, antiquities, arts, and anthropology. All 112 of us left San Francisco and arrived in Peru together, but after that students and chaperones spent the next eight days in their smaller focus groups. The groups’ experiences and activities were deliberately selected to allow students to go deeper and to truly interact with Peruvian culture and history.

Some of the activities that the groups participated in were:


  • Hiking the Incan trail. This was more than six hours of hiking with an ascent of over 2,000 ft, and it gave an appreciation for the ancient Incan development of trails and paths.
  • Visiting Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Moray, Pisac, and other archeological sites. This was truly an outdoor-classroom experience, where students could wonder at and appreciate the engineering marvels of the ancient Inca and collect scientific data on the terraces to uncover the agricultural benefits. 
  • Rehabilitate 500-year-old terraces. A local farmer invited our students to help restore some ancient terraces on his family’s land and to replant the surfaces. This experience gave our students a chance to see the internal structure and function of the terraces.
  • Visiting a local planetarium. Students learned about the Incan light and dark constellations, astrological knowledge, and mythology.
  • Local women’s weaving collective. Guided by local Peruvian women, our students collected local plants and learned how to make multicolored dyes for wool.
  • Metalwork. Peru is one of the world’s leading producers of silver, and students were able to cut, solder, and polish their own chakana cross with a swirl to represent pachamama, mother earth, all the while learning about the symbolism and meaning of these two.
  • Cooking class. Students learned the roots of ceviche, Peru’s national dish, and how to make it.
  • School visits. Students visited three schools: one traditional, one farm, and one that resembled Nueva on steroids.
  • Chocolate museum.  The history of chocolate in Peru is best understood by making it and eating it!


It was truly an incredible trip that was very thoughtfully planned. Students and chaperones alike learned so much about Peruvian culture, Inca history, and ourselves as world travelers and global citizens. 


 June 9, 2017



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