EDUCATING WITH Cachi

9-DAY TRIP WITH DEVELOPMENT
June 12th – June 20th

INCLUDES

LOCAL SCHOOL VISIT
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS
MACHU PICCHU 
SACRED VALLEY
CUSCO CITY TOUR
RAYAN COMMUNITY
AIRFARE 
HOTEL
TRANSPORTATION
MEALS

$2899 PER PERSON

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

What to Expect from Educating with Cachi

Join us on an adventure through the Andes along side some of your favorite teachers, Bethany Humphrey (@teachingandsofourth) and Valeria Henandez (@bilingualdiaries) . While traveling to places like Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco City, and more, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with local students and teachers to further your professional development. 

Growth and development is a constant opportunity for anyone in any profession. For educators, that opportunity is constantly growing. How do we bridge the gap between a multicultural and diverse country? How do we relate to others with different upbringings? How can we communicate with someone of a different language? So many questions to be answered. Educating with Cachi is looking to bridge these gaps and more.

At Cachi we’ve partnered with Bethany Humphrey and Valeria Henandez to carve out a journey that puts you on the front line of an educational experience that will last for years to come. Immerse yourself into Peruvian culture and interact with students and teachers as you explore one of the oldest public schools in Cusco. Rayan Community, a village Cachi has been partnered with for years, has personally invited us to experience a traditional Quechua meal, meet the locals, and offer school supplies as they continue to develop their educational program into the future. Once completed, we will have a round table discussion led by Valeria following a PD session providing tools and conversation on how to be a better educator in the bilingual world we live in today.

Richard Brandon says “The best way of learning about anything is by doing.” So get out there and start doing. This summer, it’s time to dive in head first and come away with more than just a trip. It’s time to make your mark, and make a difference.

 Included in 2020 Educating with Cachi Tour Package:

  • Transportation (Airfare to and from Lima to Cusco, Private Bus, Vistadome Train)
  • Hotel Accommodations in Lima and Cusco for duration of trip
  • Professional development certificate/transcript
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 4 Excursions (Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco City Tour, Rayan Community)
  • Professionally guided on tour days from sun up to sun down

 

Not included in 2020 Educating with Cachi Package

  • Airfare to Lima from US or other countries (We offer group rates from Miami) 
  • Rainbow Mountain/Zipline Tour – These are optional add-on tours on your free day
  • Personal items
  • Some Meals
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Guide tips

Our Guests

Bethany Humphrey
4th Grade Teacher | @teachingandsofourth 

Why is she going to Peru?

“Being able to get the opportunity to dive into a once in a lifetime cultural experience is a blessing. As educators, it is important to continually seek opportunities to further our knowledge and understanding of different cultures. I truly believe this journey will make me a better teacher. I can’t wait to experience this with other educators.”

Who is Bethany Humphrey?

In 2012 Bethany Humphrey, the face behind Teaching and so Fourth began her teaching career in a 6th Grade classroom in Olive Branch, Mississippi. After Mississippi, Ms. Humphrey relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico where she taught Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders in a multi-age classroom. Currently, she resides in Las Vegas, Nevada teaching 4th graders. Teaching has taken Ms. Humphrey from the Southeast to the Southwest, with one constant, her passion for using musical strategies as a means to help students learn. This passion has not only created a positive teaching and learning environment but produced definitive results in the classroom. Now, Ms. Humphrey shares her passion for breaking the traditional mold of instruction through district and regional professional development seminars. Ms. Humphrey’s mission and methodologies allow her to reach the highest point of student engagement.

 

Valeria Hernandez
“4th Grade Teacher | @bilingualdiaries 

Why is she going to Peru?

As educators, we work with a vast diversity of students whose backgrounds hugely shape their identity. What intrigues me the most about Peru, apart from their history and rich culture, is their recent educational efforts in implementing intercultural bilingual education. This type of schooling values the indigenous identity of the students and sets out to form citizens who are able to interact in their mother tongue and in Spanish. Experiencing this culture firsthand would go far beyond what a textbook could ever offer, and it would allow us to bring home a new perspective to better serve our students.”

Who is Valeria Hernandez?

Valeria Hernandez, the creator behind Bilingual Diaries, is a 4th-grade bilingual teacher in Dallas, Texas. She commits herself wholeheartedly to developing students who are proud of their bilingualism and biculturalism. This passion has enabled her to help students acquire the English language while simultaneously ensuring they do not lose their heritage language. With 7 years of experience, Valeria has taught 3rd, 4thand 6th grade. She has served on campus improvement teams, served as team lead, and presented workshops for other bilingual educators. She was also recently honored as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year.

 

EDUCATING WITH CACHI DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY 

DAY 1 (June 12th): LIMA ARRIVAL

  • Arrive in Lima
  • Book your own flight to Lima or choose the group rate departing from Miami.

If you choose to travel alone, you must arrive at the hotel in Lima on the night of June 12th.
This will be a long travel day so plan on grabbing snacks and eat when you can. Once we arrive in Lima, we will have transportation to a local bar/restaurant for those who want to join.

Included:
Hotel
Transportation included (if you booked group flight)

DAY 2 (June 13th): LIMA TO CUSCO/CUSCO CITY TOUR

  • AM departure from Lima to Cusco
  • Check into Cusco hotel

Guided tour around Cusco City
Situated in the Andean Highland region of Peru, the Cusco City tour starts in Koricancha, also known as the Sun Temple. After Koricancha, we will move onto the four Inca ruin sites in the northeast of the city. First on the list is Tambomachay (Temple of the Water), which was used for the worship of water. Next, we travel to the military control center complex known as Puca Pucara. We will then visit a religious center dedicated to the Earth, Q’enko (the Labyrinth). Afterward, we will wrap up the day at Sacsayhuaman.

Included:
Hotel
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Transportation (Airport/Tour)

 

DAY 3 (June 14th): CUSCO CITY SCHOOL TOUR

  • AM visit to the oldest primary school in Cusco City
  • Students in the Cusco City schools are in vast need for books. Teachers traveling are encouraged to bring either Spanish or English books to donate.
  • Free Afternoon
    Explore Cusco or the surrounding area
  • Additional documentation on taxi do’s and don’ts will be sent closer to the trip.

 

Included:
Hotel
Transportation (Tour)
Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 4 (June 15th): RAYAN COMMUNITY

  • Day trip to Rayan Community
  • Traveling to the Rayan community, located in the Sacred Valley, not only allows travelers to fully embrace the Quechua community, but also aids in the development of the area. To continue developing relationships, school supplies and a majority of proceeds are given directly to the community for allowing you to visit their homes, eat a delicious cooked meal, and experience their ways of life. As we continue to grow, so does Rayan.

 

Included:
Hotel
Transportation (Tour)
Breakfast & Lunch – Rayan will make an authentic Quechua meal. Not everyone will take kindly to the way it is prepared, so we will have an alternative lunch available on this trip.

 

DAY 5 (June 16th): PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SACRED VALLEY TOUR

  • Half-Day Professional Development with Valeria Hernandez, @bilingualdiaries.
    Journey to Sacred Valley
  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas is centered as the agricultural, political, and spiritual center of the Incan Empire in Peru. We will visit the agricultural terracing of Chinchero, the birthplace of the rainbow and stare in amazement at the Incan marketplace of Pisac where each terrace level provided a surplus of food for the people of the Incan Empire. Our Sacred Valley journey will end at a fortress that guarded the northern entrance to the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo.
    End day in Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Town, as we prepare for Machu Picchu tomorrow!

 

Included:
Hotel
Transportation (Tour)
Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 6 (June 17th): MACHU PICCHU TOUR

  • Sunrise Machu Picchu Tour
  • Today we rise with Pachamama. We will wake up bright and early to see the sunrise on Machu Picchu! We will start with a two-hour guided tour, with extra time after to roam the ruins.
  • Machu Picchu is a South America UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Wonders of the World! It is also known as the “Lost City of the Incas.” The ruins of Machu Picchu will take you back into 15/16th-century archaeological construction.
  • With your free time, you could hike to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate for a nice view of Machu Picchu. For an additional fee ($80 per person), you can add-on a Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes. These are 2-3 hour hikes that give an amazing vantage point over Machu Picchu.
    Return to Cusco

Included:
Hotel
Transportation (Tour)

DAY 7 (June 18th): FREE DAY/RAINBOW MOUNTAIN/ZIP-LINING OPTIONS

  • Explore Cusco
  • Optional Add- On Tours
  • Rainbow Mountain: For an additional fee of $150 per person, we will spend the day going to the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. This was discovered in 2015 and has quickly become the second most popular tourist site in Peru. The day will start at a gorgeous little village with herds of llamas and alpacas nearby. As we get closer to the top, vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain will come into view capping out the climb at just over 17,000 feet. A horse will be provided for you to walk along or ride as it is a very steep trek.
  • Zip-lining in the Sacred Valley: For an additional fee of $150 per person spend the day zip-lining! The tour takes approximately 2 hours. There will be a total of 2500 meters of cables divided into 7 zip-line sections. The tour includes all equipment (harness, helmet, and gloves), guide and supervision.
  • Cachi Dinner

Included:
Hotel stay
Transportation (Tour)
Breakfast (Rainbow Mountain) & Dinner

 

DAY 8 (June 19th): TRAVEL AND FREEDAY IN LIMA

  • AM Return to Lima
    Explore Lima on your own
  • Included:

  • Hotel stay
    Transportation (Airfare/Airport)

 

DAY 9 (June 20th): HOME/CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

  • Return home
  • For those choosing to return home, we will have transportation back to the Lima International Airport at a designated time. Otherwise, feel free to continue your Peru or South America adventure. Just know at this point we will say “Adiós no es para siempre.”

Included:
Transportation to airport

Spots Filling Up Fast!

Once you save your spot, you will be sent a link to your own portal to make payments as you desire. You can make payments at any given point, however your account must have the required amount at each corresponding date below.

  • $1,500 Paid by December 31st, 2019 (includes deposit) 51% 51%
  • $2,100 Paid by March 1st, 2020 (includes deposit) 72% 72%
  • $2,899 Paid by April 12th, 2020 (includes deposit) 100% 100%

EDUCATING WITH CACHI FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's included and not included?

Included:

Hotel stay.
Ground transportation during the trip and round-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco.
Meals as outlined in the itinerary – Days 4, 5, 6
Commencement dinner with the Cachi family

Not included:
Flights to and from your start and end destination are not included.
Travel insurance and Visas are not included.

Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain hikes (Day 6)

Rainbow Mountain/Zipline tour (Day 7)

 

 

 

 

Should I host a book drive prior to my trip?

Yes! We will be delivering books and supplies to some of the schools in the Cusco area. Therefore, we ask that you conduct a book drive with your school or class to donate. These supplies will help some of the underserved in the area. English or Spanish books are ok to donate. We encourage every teacher to aim to bring 5 books to bring on the trip for donation.

When should I be in Lima?

We will have the options of a group rate flying out of Miami heading to Lima. This information will be sent to you via email as we get closer to the date. If you don’t plan to fly with us, we require that you arrive to the hotel at the time by 9 pm on June 12. More details will come as we get closer to your date. 

When's orientation?

Orientation will take place at the hotel in Lima once we arrive. Set times will be provided as we get closer to our trip date. We know everyone’s travel plans are different therefore we try and accommodate. 

Can I use this experience for my professional development (PD) credits?

Yes. We will provide all participants and transcript if needed and a certificate with the hours of professional development credits earned on the Educating with Cachi trip. You are responsible for determining if the credits are covered by your school district prior to booking. 

How fit do I need to be to participate in the Educating with Cachi teacher professional development experience?

You will require a moderate level of fitness. During our time with the Rayan Community, we will be undertaking a 2+ hike over 1000 feet of elevation gain. We recommend at minimum doing a couple hikes prior to the trip so you are prepared. 

What if I'm not physically prepared to hike to Rayan Community?

That’s ok. You will have the option to come to the trailhead with the group to drop the books off. There will then be transportation back to Cusco and the rest of the day will be yours. However, to fully experience the local community, we recommend that you are physically fit to go to the community. This is a demanding trek. Please be prepared with good hiking boots/shoes. We want to prevent injuries and rolled ankles. 

 

What airports will be used?

We will fly to Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. In Cusco, we will use Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ).

What should I pack?

We recommend you bring clothes that you will be comfortable hiking in. We recommend good supportive hiking shoes. Some recommend ankle support if you have weak ankles. Additionally, we will provide a recommended packing list as we get closer to the trip. 

However, things you will NEED:

Passport with an expiration date longer than 6 months

 

What about medical conditions?

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Inca Trail. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to deny a trek booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our or other clients at risk on the hike. People with medical conditions must bring a medical note from their doctor stating that they are fit to undertake the tour. They will also be required to be accompanied by a partner on the trek at all times who will trek at their sides and be familiar with any medicine required in case of an emergency. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to cancel the booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other hikers. No refund will be given.

Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities on parts of the excursions, Cachi Life, Inc will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the trek.

We require travel insurance for each of our travelers per the terms and conditions. 

 

How's the weather?

You should prepare for any type of weather. We run rain or shine.

What is the rooming situation while on my trip?

You will be paired two to a room. We like to create community and friendships, therefore each night we will pair up. If you bring a friend you will be able to stay with your friend. 

Can I go early or stay later ?

Yes! The only requirement is that you are at the hotel in the evening on the first day. 

If you plan to stay in Cusco longer than our return date, then the return flight to Lima will have to be arranged yourself. 

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds can be provided within 60 days of departure. The payment is used to purchase your permits, reserve transportation, and reserve space within the group. After purchasing the permits we cannot change the date of departure or change the name or passport number on the trek permit. If you decide to cancel we cannot transfer your permits to another client. Government regulations prevent us from filling your canceled space with another traveler and the government won’t refund or credit us the cost of the permit. Optional add-on excursions cannot be cancelled once booked. Any cancellation before 60 days is subject to forfeiture of required payments per date as outlined in the terms and conditions.

When is payment due for the Educating with Cachi teacher trip?

A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due at time of booking. Payment of $1500 is due on December 31 and $2100 is due on March 1, 2020. The full payment, including optional tours, is due at 60 days prior to tour departure. If booking within 60 days of the tour, full payment of the tour is required. This guided tour is $2899 per person with additional tour options including Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, and ziplining. This provides payment for your conference reservation, transportation, permit tour guide, food, tour guide payment, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, etc.

If you are adding on one of the mountain hikes during Machu Picchu, please book far in advance. These are very popular and sell out. 

 

Is there a payment plan?

Yes there is. We require a $500 non-refundable booking deposit to reserve your spot. After that you will receive a portal to make payments. You can pay as much as you want, whenever you want before the respective due dates. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due at time of booking. Payment of $1500 is due on December 31 and $2100 is due on March 1, 2020. The full payment, including optional tours, is due at 60 days prior to tour departure. If payment is not received it will be considered a cancellation by the traveler with no refund of the made payments.

 

Optional add-on excursions cannot be cancelled once booked. 

 

Do I need a passport?

A passport is required to book. The passport number must match the number that was used to book. You will not be allowed to book if your passport expires within the next 6 months. You are required to bring your passport with you.

The government will not allow you inside Machu Picchu.  If this happens, this will be considered a cancellation by the trekker and no refund will be given. Peru will not let anyone in that has a passport expiring within 6 months the date of entrance.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. We require travel insurance to participate. This could be via a dedicated travel insurance company, credit card, or anything else that covers you. The terms and requirments are listed in the terms and conditions. 

If requested we can help you to obtain travel insurance and make recommendations. 

 

Can I come with my friends/family (non-teachers)?

Yes, and we encourage it! We recommend everyone in your groups books your trek at the same time. Additionally, as they are not going to be participating in the professional development conference, they will have to plan activities on their own at that time. 

What sort of meals do you offer?

You will be responsible for most of your meals. However, there are certain days which we will provide food. We will provide breakfast and lunch when we go to Rayan Community on day 4, breakfast at the Professional Development conference on day 5, and if you are joining us on the optional Rainbow Mountain tour. Finally, we will provide a commencement dinner on day 7. 

We offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Please let us know your meal preference when booking your tour. We do not offer vegan meals. Please note that all meals are made using the same pots. We will do our best to wash dinnerware and cookware, but there may be contamination.

Meal options:
Standard (no dietary requirements, eats everything),
Vegetarian
No red meat
No fish
Lactose-free
Gluten-free

What if I have food allergies?

Please give us details of your allergy at time of booking. Please indicate the severity of the reaction and what type of medicine you have to take in case of emergency. If your allergy is severe, you must be accompanied by a trekking partner on the trek who is aware of your allergy and the location of any required medicines. We do not accept clients with life-threatening allergies. Due to the nature of the remote geographical and lack of suitable nearby medical facilities, Cachi Life, Inc will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special medical/dietary requirements. Check with your physician prior to booking.

Will there be drinkable water?

At meal times we will give you teas, coffees, etc to drink. We will have some boiled water for the group each day that we are traveling to remote locations such as Rayan Community.

Will you help coordinate and plan the trip before arriving?

Yes. We have created a private Facebook group to help you plan your trip and meet/get to know and interact with other teachers prior to the commencement of the trip. 

Can I climb Huayna Picchu?

Yes! During our day at Machu Picchu, if you choose you will be able to add-on Huayna Picchu access tickets for an additional $80 (subject to permit availability). This ideally needs to be determined at the time of booking as these tickets sell out fast. You will be able to do the hike during your free-time that will be allotted for you during the day. 
Huayna Picchu is the large mountain situated in front of Machu Picchu. There is a narrow and steep trail right to the top of the mountain and there are also some interesting Inca ruins at the top. The view of Machu Picchu from the summit is breathtaking. The government charges an additional fee for climbing Huayna Picchu.  Check out the complete guide here.

Can I climb Machu Picchu Mountain?

Yes! During our day at Machu Picchu, if you choose you will be able to add-on Machu Picchu Mountain access tickets for an additional $80 (subject to permit availability). This ideally needs to be determined at the time of booking as these tickets sell out fast. You will be able to do the hike during your free time that will be allotted for you during the day. 

 

Machu Picchu Mountain is the large mountain just behind Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain rises higher than Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain tends to have fewer people on the trail compared to Huayna Picchu but the view is equally as amazing. The government charges an additional fee for climbing Machu Picchu Mountain.  Check out the complete guide here.

Are there optional tours for my free day?

Yes! You will have the option of hiking Rainbow Mountain ($250) or going zip-lining in the Sacred Valley ($100) for additional costs. Otherwise you are free to spend the day doing anything else you are interested in doing!

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