Photo Gallery from the 2011 Peru trip
Travel with DFW to Peru — Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, 2014
— Past DFW traveler
Join us on an extraordinary journey to visit INMED and observe first-hand the life-changing effects of our DFW dollars in remote regions of Peru. This trip will also give you the chance to cross Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca off your bucket list!
During our four days with INMED, we’ll travel by boat to an Amazonian river village where INMED is working to improve maternal health, throw a baby shower for their expectant mothers, and take part in an educational session at an INMED clinic. A service component is also being planned to help villagers improve their facilities.
On Oct. 24, we’ll fly back to Lima to prepare for the second half of our journey. The next day we’ll take a flight to Puno, on the shore of beautiful Lake Titicaca. We’ll take a memorable boat trip to visit the Uros floating Islands, then continue to Taquile Island where we will spend the night in homestays with local families. (Note: no hot water, outdoor toilets!).
On Oct. 28, we’ll drive to Cusco (elevation 11,000-ft.), the historic capital of the Incan Empire, going through the picturesque Sacred Valley with plenty of stops along the way to see the sights. The next day we’ll take the train to the foot of Machu Picchu, staying overnight in Aguas Calientes to be up in time to see the sun rise over this world heritage site. Spending the day touring these incredible ruins, we’ll have a English-speaking Peruvian guide to help us understand what Incan life was like when this important temple was inhabited.
A free day in Cusco on the Oct. 31 will be followed by a farewell dinner, before flying back to Lima on Nov. 1. From there we’ll depart for home with new friends, life-long memories, and a deepened understanding of DFW’s impact on the world.
— Melanie Gavin (Abington, PA chapter), 2011 Peru traveler
About the trip leader
Taryn Walker has been guiding trips for DFW since 2011, taking groups to Peru, El Salvador and India. With her background in working with high-risk youth and families in therapeutic and educational programs, Taryn has also led cross-cultural trips for college students and at-risk youth both abroad and around the United States. Leading trips for DFW has allowed Taryn to combine her passion for travel with women and children’s empowerment. A past chapter leader in East Berlin, PA, Taryn currently lives in Portland, ME.