CUSCO, PERU

CUSCO, PERU

QUICK FACTS

DATES + DETAILS

  • Two weeks: August 11 – 25, 2024
  • Four weeks: September 1 – 29, 2024
  • Standard Package: four days per week, 9:30 – 3:00
  • Participants must be aged 7-16 when hub launches
  • Spanish tutoring may be added on
  • Field Trips to significant cutural sites may be added on

FEES

  • $1,585: Standard Package per participant, four weeks
  • $785: Standard Package per participant, two weeks
  • 10% discount for child three or more
  • $28/hour: Optional one-on-one Spanish tutoring (4, 6, or 8 hours weekly)
  • Optional full-day Friday Field Trips, varies based on location

ABOUT CUSCO

Standing at more than 11,000 feet (3,400 meters) in elevation, Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, exudes history. At every turn, you may find a 500-year-old Inca wall or a park in which Inca kings fought Spanish conquistadors, stone battle axes facing off against swords and lances. Modern-day Cusco exudes a different kind of history, one that celebrates Spanish-inspired architecture and cuisine. And at the intersection, Quechua people, descendants of the Incas, wander the cobblestone streets of Cusco with alpaca in tow, displaying colorful, traditional textiles and headdresses. In the countryside, flanked by 20,000 foot snowy peaks, Inca terraces continue the story of a gold-plated empire and its complicated end.

DETAILED ACTIVITIES

During their first neighborhood walk, Deliberate Detour participants notice the intersection between ancient Inca traditions and Spanish influence right away as they pass 500-year-old Inca walls supporting Spanish churches. Participants come to understand how Inca influence persists as they learn about Inca cosmology at the planetarium, make their own purple corn drink in one of many culinary workshops, hear about the cultural significance of alpaca and llama, and so much more.

During optional Friday Field Trips, families travel farther afield, to a village in the Sacred Valley renowned for its indigenous market, to a hummingbird sanctuary, or beyond to famed Machu Picchu, if they choose.

As in all our worldschooling hubs, we combine immersive outings with quieter days at the hub space where participants play teambuilding games, relax in the reading nook, engage in a history talk with a local expert, and circle up to reflect on the day’s activities.

While participants learn, grow, and form connections, their parents are free to work in one of Cusco’s lovely cafes or co-working spaces. Or perhaps they embark on a guided architectural walk or a pisco sour workshop, organized by Deliberate Detour, making connections and memories all their own.

We’ve released version one of our schedule for our two and four-week programs in 2024. Read more by clicking below!

CHOOSE FROM TWO OPTIONS!

 August 11 – 25, 2024 or September 1 – 29, 2024

We accept only 16 participants per program, who must be aged 7 to 16 on the first day. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

SCHEDULE

Monday through Thursday

9:30 to 10:00 am

Drop off. Daily fresh fruit snack. Coffee and connection for parents.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Circle with intention-setting, the plan for the day, or more

Morning activity

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Vegetarian lunch. Meals reflect culture and cuisine while being kid-friendly.

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Afternoon activity

3:00 pm

Pick up.

3:00- 5:00 pm

One-to-one Spanish tutoring for those who opt-in.

FRIDAY FIELD TRIPS

Every Friday, our participants and their family members of any age can embark on full-day expeditions in community. These experiences are completely optional. All Field Trips include transportation to and from a central meeting point, English-speaking guides or hosts, all tips, and all entrance and activity costs. Cusco’s Field Trips may include the following, though final experiences may differ from below. Details and costs will be released soon.

Hummingbird Sanctury

We drive into the Sacred Valley to visit one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the region, Enisfera Camp, where we’ll have a guided tour to learn about the dozens of species of hummingbird who make their home there. Prior to that, we’ll visit the sprawling traditional market in Urubamba, perhaps to pick up a snack for the road.

Maras, Moray, Chinchero

Our group takes a journey into the Sacred Valley to visit three significant Inca sites on this Field Trip. We explore the ancient salt mines of Maras (still used today), the circular farming terraces of Moray, and the ruins of an Inca village at Chinchero, learning with a guide as we go. Participants have time to wander and explore in the fresh, thin Andean air.

Inkariy Museum & Ollantaytambo

Back to the Sacred Valley we go to visit the magnificent ruins at Ollaytaytambo which served as one Inca king’s estate and another king’s hideout. Manco Inca, the last king to oppose Spanish conquistadors retreated here. We’ll learn about the history as we wander the ruins and take in views down the valley. Later, we’ll stop at a museum that brings indigenous history to life through life-sized scenes.

Andean Village Immersion

We ascend to 12,300 feet | 3,750 meters to the small Andean villages of Cruzpata and Ocutuan, on the banks of Puray Lake. There we’ll learn about village life, wandering the farms, visiting with local children, helping prepare our lunch, and watching traditional textile craftspeople who are part of a weaving cooperative.

MACHU PICCHU SIDE TRIP

A trip to Cusco is not complete without a visit to the magnificent ruins at Machu Picchu. We have a journey planned with a reputable tour operator to make the experience seamless. This trip can be added on for an additional fee, and the whole family is welcomed to join. The package includes:

  • Transfer to the train station
  • Train to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu’s site
  • One night in a hotel
  • All meals
  • Shuttle bus to Machu Picchu’s entry
  • Entrance fee
  • Tour with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide

EDUCATION STYLE

What Are We Not? We are not a school. Our hubs do not replace traditional school. We do not incorporate reading, writing, or math, nor do we provide formal lessons in academic content. We are not able to support homeschooling needs (like helping a child log on to an online class) during hub time.

What Are We?

  • We provide opportunities to learn through experience, to make real what might only be available in books. We focus on history and culture in all of its forms: art, craft, textile, cuisine, social structures, and indigenous beliefs. We use all five senses to learn.
  • We behave like summer camp. We play, explore, create, and laugh together, and sometimes, an expert teaches us something fascinating. Our explorations focus on Cusco, its people, history, and culture.
  • We support personal growth by challenging children to notice and embrace difference, collaborate, develop grit, communicate and listen attentively, practice patience, and build global perspectives that include curiosity, creativity, and respect.
  • We offer some structure and some space for play. We believe that freedom to play and explore should be a part of every child’s day, and we also believe that adult-curated activities can have meaning and impact.

ENROLLING FOR CUSCO!

Join Deliberate Detour and a dozen other families for a life-changing experience in Cusco. Our enrollment portal is open, so begin your journey today.