EDUCATING WITH Cachi 2022

5-DAY TRIP WITH DEVELOPMENT
June 13th – June 18th, 2022

INCLUDES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS
MACHU PICCHU 
RAYAN COMMUNITY 
HOTEL
TRANSPORTATION

$1499 PER PERSON

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

What to Expect from Educating with Cachi

Join us on an adventure through the Andes alongside some of your favorite teacher Camilo Martinez @the_bilingual_life. While traveling to places like Machu Picchu, Rayan Community, Cusco City, and more, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with local students and teachers to further your professional development. 

Growth and development are 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 Camilo Martinez 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 a treasured local community. 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 Camilo 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 headfirst and come away with more than just a trip. It’s time to make your mark and make a difference.

 Included in 2022 Educating with Cachi Tour Package:

  • Transportation (Private Bus, Vistadome Train)
  • Hotel Accommodations in Cusco/Aguas Calientes for the duration of the trip
  • Professional development discussion
  • 2 Excursions (Machu Picchu, Rayan Community)
  • Professionally guided on tour days from sun up to sundown

 

Not included in 2022 Educating with Cachi Package

  • Airfare to Lima and Cusco from the US or other countries
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain – $75
    • Optional add-on hike day 4
  • Rainbow Mountain – $100
  • Humantay Lake – $100
  • Sacred Valley – $100
    • Optional add-on tours on day 5
  • Personal items
  • Meals
  • Guide tips

EDUCATING WITH CACHI DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY 

DAY 1 (6/13/2022): CUSCO ARRIVAL

  • Arrive in Cusco
  • Book your own flights to Cusco

On this day you will arrive in Cusco. A bus will be waiting for you and take you to the hotel where we’ll be staying. This evening we’ll have a very unique experience where a shaman joins us to give an offering to Pachamama, this is a great way to start off our journey in Cusco.

We will then join some family friends who own a textile shop. We will enjoy coca tea as they show us how they turn Alpaca fiber into clothes. You will be able to purchase family goods if you’d like.

You’ll need to be in Peru before this day.

Included:
Hotel
Transportation

DAY 2 (6/14/2022): RAYAN COMMUNITY CAMP

Rayan Community. One of the most beautiful places in Peru, in our opinion. Here you will get up close and personal with the local Quechua. You have the option of taking the hike up passing waterfalls, fields of mint, amazing views, or take a vehicle to the local village. Rayan Community has so graciously allowed us to spend the night in their village where we will camp out the night. The next morning will be a big day as we head to Aguas Calientes.

We understand that this adventure isn’t for everyone. Camping out in the Andes might not be on the top of your list. As such we will be offering a shuttle and hotel room back in Cusco for an additional cost. If this is an issue please let us know in advance so we can coordinate.

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.

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.

Included:
Rayan Community Tour
Tent
Transportation
Lunch

 

DAY 3 (6/15/2022): AGUAS CALIENTES FREE DAY

If you returned to Cusco after yesterday we will pick you up early and pick up the rest of the crew that camped at Rayan on the way to Aguas Calientes.

Today is a free day in Aguas Calientes to recover from camping and hiking, to relax at the hot springs in the area, or check out the various boutique restaurants.

 

Included:
Hotel
Transportation

 

DAY 4 (6/16/2022): MACHU PICCHU TOUR 

Today is the day you will see the magical Machu Picchu. We will wake up at about 4:30 am to catch the first light of Machu Picchu. After the morning of Machu Picchu, we will take the train back to Cusco in the evening.

For an additional $75 you can add on Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain day hikes after your Machu Picchu tour in the morning. These book up very quickly and are permitted so if you plan these optional add-ons this day you will need to book at least 6 months in advance and are non-refundable.

 

Included:
Machu Picchu Tour
Hotel
Transportation

 

DAY 5 (6/17/2022): CUSCO FREE DAY/OPTIONAL TOUR

Today is a free day in Cusco. We recommend seeing something like:

  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Humantay Lake
  • Sacred Valley.

We’re offering these tours at a reduced rate of $100 per person, a minimum of 3 people.

 

Included:
Hotel

DAY 6 (6/18/2022): CHECK OUT

We will check out in the morning and you are welcome to continue to discover Peru or return home. If you would like us to help arrange any other things to see or do in Peru, please let us know and we will help accommodate you.

We look forward to seeing you again to travel with Cachi Life.

 

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.

  • $750 Paid by December 31st, 2020 (includes deposit) 50% 50%
  • $1125 Paid by March 1st, 2022 (includes deposit) 75% 75%
  • $1499 Paid by April 12th, 2022 (includes deposit) 100% 100%

EDUCATING WITH CACHI FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's included and not included?

Included:
Machu Picchu Tour
Rayan Community Experience
Hotel stay.
Ground transportation during the trip.

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

Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain hikes 

Humantay Lake/Rainbow Mountain/Sacred Valley Tours

 

 

 

 

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 Cusco?

We require that you arrive at the hotel at the time by noon on June 13. 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?

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 of hikes prior to the trip so you are prepared. The other option will be to take a bus to the community if you do not want or cannot hike. 

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?

Recommend flying to Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. In Cusco, the airport is 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 by noon on the first day.

We are happy to arrange tours before and after for a 15% discount.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds can be provided within 60 days of the trip. 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 canceled once booked. Any cancellation 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 the time of booking. Payment of $750 is due on December 31 and $2100 is due on March 1, 2020. The full payment, including optional tours, is due 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 $1499 per person with additional tour options including Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley, and Humantay Lake. 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.

There is a $100 late fee which is added at each due date if payment is late.

There are no refunds at each payment point if you are unable to attend. Your payments are used to secure permits by the government, which the government does not refund.

 

Is there a payment plan?

Yes, there is. We require a $300 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 the time of booking. Payment of $750 is due on December 31 and $1125 is due on March 1, 2020. The full payment, including optional tours, is due 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.

There is a $100 late fee which is added at each due date if payment is late.

Optional add-on excursions cannot be canceled once booked.

There are no refunds at each payment point if you are unable to attend. Your payments are used to secure permits by the government, which the government does not refund.

 

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, and if you are joining us on the optional Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, or Sacred Valley tours. 

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, touring Sacred Valley, or hiking to Humantay Lake. We are providing these tours at a discounted rate of $100. We require a minimum of three people booked for the tour to commence. Otherwise, you are free to spend the day doing anything else you are interested in doing!

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