Cusco Peru October 2018

Spanish for Adventure: Peru

October 14-20, 2018

Open to the public and all levels of Spanish learners

maximum of 10 participant spots available – 9 spots left

Enrollment closes December 31, 2017


For those struggling to make consistent progress in Spanish, wanting to make new friends with similar interests, or to have epic adventures in a breathtaking setting far from home- I have a very exciting experience to share with you!
Imagine weekly Spanish learning, a private group environment to get to know other Spanish learners with similar goals, all culminating in a week spent speaking Spanish and being immersed in Peruvian culture in the stunning city of Cusco. This one of a kind opportunity combines learning, friendship, and adventure for those who want it all! The experience begins upon registration and lasts until November 2018.
Up to 10 students will have the opportunity for this one of a kind hybrid learning and adventure model. I have over ten years of Spanish teaching experience and will tailor your Spanish learning to your specific background, goals, and learning style, while pinpointing areas for improvement and focusing on building conversational skills like pronunciation, listening, and confidence speaking.  You will get weekly personalized one on one Spanish instruction and/or conversation sessions from registration through the end of October 2018 ($2000+ value). The earlier you sign up, the more opportunity there is for learning! Regardless of your level of prior Spanish knowledge, you will gain confidence and skills to speak with native speakers at the end of over a year of instruction with this program (even if you are starting from zero).
In addition to up to 16 months of Spanish instruction, you will bond with your peers and fellow adventurers prior to the group travel portion of this experience. A private facebook group for participants and monthly video chat meetups to get to know one another are among the group elements. By the time we land in Cusco, we will all know each other well!
The Spanish learning experience culminates in a capstone week of immersion in the Spanish language and Peruvian culture of Cusco. Engage your Spanish skills and encounter Peruvian culture firsthand during this active, adventure-filled week in the heart of the historic Cusco.
Stay in downtown Cusco and visit historic sites like La Catedral, Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Iglesia la Merced and more. Acclimate to the altitude by people watching in Centro Histórico and meandering the architecturally unique streets and buildings.
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Centro Histórico de Cusco

Stay in one of the top rated hostels in Cusco, where there are nightly activities to bond with other travelers. You will have your own bed and our group will all be staying together. The hostel breakfast spread includes cereal, porridges, bread and jams, avocado bread and a sweet cake. Coffee and tea (cinnamon and clove, chamomile, lemongrass, anise and coca tea) are always available, and coca tea is helpful for altitude adjustment.

Take a cooking class where we prepare traditional Peruvian dishes starting from shopping at the local market for fresh ingredients ending at the dinner table. This is a real personalized gastronomic immersion experience (as well as cultural experience). The cooking class occurs in a friendly, fun and dynamic environment where everyone can participate regardless of knowledge or previous cooking experiences. The menu includes Ceviche, native fruits, Lomo Saltado, Pisco Sour and Chilcano de Pisco, and can be modified if needed based on dietary restrictions of participants.
Enjoy an evening pisco sour (local alcoholic beverage) walking tour. The tour includes a pisco sour making lesson, and the opportunity to choose your favorite pisco flavor by trying a few drinks at a nearby bar. You’ll be able to sharpen your cocktail-mixing skills and become a pisco pro! We will also stroll by the Cusco Cathedral and La Compania church in the Plaza de Armas, walk through San Blas plaza and capture alluring city view while we admire the artistry and masonry of Incan walls, including the 12-angled stone.

Then take a full day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World- Machu Picchu!  We will depart from the hostel early and head to the train station in Ollantaytambo, then undertake a train journey of two hours. We will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station then take a bus zigzagging up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The tour of Machu Picchu includes a guided tour of the Citadel (approximately 2 hours) visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. There will be free time to roam, and then we will return to Aguas Calientes where we can enjoy the hot springs. The optional soak in the hot springs will help relax any soreness from climbing all over Machu Picchu before we take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco.

One of the other highlights of the trip (besides Machu Picchu) is our trek to Skylodge Adventure Suites. We will hike an intrepid trail with several ziplines to arrive at the capsule in the Sacred Valley in Cusco. We will spend one night in a completely transparent hanging bedroom, allowing you to appreciate the impressive view of the magic and mystical valley. Gourmet meals, wine, and other beverages will be served in the capsule. The Skylodge is composed of three capsules, each of which can hold up to 4 people, and are situated at the top of a 1200 foot mountain with a 300 degree view of the Sacred Valley.

Set aside some time for yourself to practice conversation with the locals and adventure in the beautiful South America.
Frequently on this trip, English will not be an option. Immersion is one of the best ways to learn, practice, and cultivate your Spanish knowledge.
Anyone that has been studying Spanish for any length of time and at any level is welcome to attend this trip, even if you have never studied with me. There’s no perfect moment where you unlock Spanish conversational skills- it all starts with a little bit of courage, some basic Spanish knowledge, and an opportunity to put those together.
Your Inner Adventurer will love to venture into the unknown with a small group- to experience unforgettable landscapes, make new friends, try new foods, and enjoy an abundance of fresh tropical fruits that are nothing like what you can get at the supermarket in the US. That inner adventurer will love zooming along a zipline over the Sacred Valley, wandering through the magical Machu Picchu, and drinking pisco sours.
Imagine an entire week dedicated to Spanish, adventure, nature, culture, delicious food and drinks, coming together with other adventurers and connecting through relaxing, sight seeing, and exploring Cusco. Encouraging one another to speak Spanish together and fill in the gaps of your own Spanish knowledge, forming a solid foundation of practical Spanish.
We will have numerous opportunities to observe, question, and pick up local slang, colloquialisms, dialect, and accents.
What does it mean to speak Spanish?
It means appreciating the beauty of the language, traditions, and culture of those who share their language with us.
When you are in tune with the Spanish language, able to initiate conversation with Spanish speakers, listen, interpret, and remember their responses, you unlock the joy and beauty of the language and culture.
Here are some of the experiences included in this trip:

  • Three nourishing meals a day from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast with fresh and flavorful local cuisine- 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for all meals and activities 
  • Coffee and coca tea (to help with altitude sickness) included – Note that coca tea is legal to drink in Peru but even one cup will cause you to test positive on a North American drug test upon your return
  • We will take lots of photos and videos and share them with you!
  • Shared accommodations for 5 nights with your own bed in a hostel
  • All transportation within the country- bus, taxi, and train
  • All day excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Night Pisco Sour walking tour
  • Traditional cooking class
  • One night of shared accommodations at Skylodge Adventure Suites (including the hike/zip line up and down)
  • Free time to explore Cusco, along with suggestions on things to do
  • Drinking water provided (tap water is not potable in Peru)
  • Countless opportunities to practice reading, writing and speaking Spanish
  • A fluent Spanish guide (Hannah) nearby if needed


5 Nights in Cusco at Pariwana Hostel:
– FREE Internet access and WIFI in common areas
– Breakfast served from 7am to 12pm
– FREE City Map
– FREE Peru backpacker’s travel map
– FREE Linen with 2 pillows on each bed
– FREE security lockers in your room with power outlets inside (bring your padlock or buy one at reception)
– FREE Luggage store
– FREE Satellite TV and films
– FREE Board Games
– 24 hour reception and security
– Hot showers with great water pressure
– Book exchange
– ATM
– Friendly staff
– Restaurant with international menu and daily meals
– Funky bar with Happy Hour every night
– Common areas include classic games (ping-pong, foosball and frog game)
– Central courtyard for you to chill-out
– Great daily activities: drinking games, poker nights, trivia nights, adventure activities, and much more
 
Participant Responsibilities:

  • Flight to and from Cusco Airport (CUZ)- arrive 10/14/18, depart 10/20/18 (Hannah can assist with flight booking if needed)
  • Valid passport
  • Consult with your medical provider to determine if any additional vaccinations are recommended to prepare for the trip
  • Snacks & Souvenirs- budgeting $100 should be plenty unless you plan to buy a ton of souvenirs
  • Any ATM withdrawal fees (around $4 withdrawal fee for a maximum withdrawal of around $200)
  • Travel Insurance- highly recommended, can generally be purchased for around $100 or less
  • Being relatively fit in order to hike and zipline to Skylodge Adventure Suites
  • Details on all participant responsibilities will be sent via email to interested participants

About Your Trip Leader:

Hannah Pinkerton helps adults gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to speak Spanish at home, work, or traveling!
Hannah teaches Spanish with patience and passion. As a native English speaker, she understands the difficulties faced by English speakers learning Spanish. With personalized Spanish lessons over video chat, Hannah can pinpoint areas of difficulty and tweak lessons to your learning style, background, and goals. She can help form and fine tune your Spanish abilities, regardless of your level of previous Spanish knowledge.
Hannah is a Spanish teacher and digital nomad. Visit Hannah at rompiendolasbarreras.com

Plus:

  • A private Facebook group for trip participants to connect before and after, to integrate and share insights, and to receive support.
  • Monthly video chat calls to get to know the other group members in advance. These will be recorded in case you can’t make it live.
  • A post-trip Follow Up Session with Hannah- 30 minutes to be used within 30 days to discuss Spanish vocabulary and culture from the trip, and to check in on best next steps for you on your Spanish journey.
  • A cultural guide, map, and slang guide for Peru ($30+ value)
  • Weekly Spanish lessons/ conversation sessions over video chat from your deposit payment week through the end of September 2018. Lessons can be distributed as you desire over the course of the coming months. So if you are traveling one month and want to take that month off, but double up the next month, you can! Any unused lessons remaining on November 1, 2018 will be forfeited. ($2000 + value)
  • Unlimited email support with Peru travel related questions
  • Along with a few other surprises as we go along!

Investment:

Click here to make a $305 deposit.

Once payment is received, you will receive an email from Hannah within 24 hours confirming your registration and scheduling future payments. The remaining $3660 balance will be divided into equal monthly payments starting the month after the deposit is received through August 2018. (Total cost $3965 including deposit)

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Click here to pay in full ($3895).

If you pay in full, in addition to saving $70 on the total payment plan price, you will also receive 8 instructional lessons/32 conversational sessions upon returning from Peru. These sessions can be scheduled for any time within 6 months of the return date. ($270 value for the lessons + $70 savings = $350 additional savings)

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After January 1, 2018, payments are non-refundable.
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If you have any questions at all, please email hannahrompiendolasbarreras@gmail.com or schedule a free 30-minute video chat consultation.
If you feel this trip calling to you, I want to make this trip a reality for you. If you have any hesitations, concerns, or anything at all- whether it be travel, money, or something else- please reach out and we can find a way to get you there!

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