June 7-17th: Denver Catholic Biblical & Catechetical School Mission to Lima and Machu Picchu

Info Sessions

All info sessions are at the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization, 1300 South Steele Street, Denver, Colorado.

Our kickoff info session is Saturday, December 9th from 10-11am. It will be in room 123.

The second info session is Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30-730pm, also in room 123.

The third info session is Saturday, February 10th from 10-11am, in room 107.

Please RSVP to [email protected] to let us know you’re coming to an info session.

Cost

$3,295

Includes

air and ground transportation from Denver, all lodging, 3 meals/day, guided tours of Machu Picchu and Lima, group activity and admission fees, project costs, trip leaders, taxes and tips

Excludes

trip insurance, passport fees

Be DOERS of The Word...

Put your Gospel knowledge into action as you share the love of God with residents of Lima’s shanty towns. We’ll engage in work projects, catechesis, and other activitites with families. Fluent Spanish speakers will be along to help with translation, as you bring Christ’s love and light to the world.

Previous Missionaries

“The mission experience was one of the greatest and most influential times of my life. I had never had the opportunity to live in a place of great poverty for a short time, nor had I ever been able to work with people who lived in these conditions. The joy within these kids’ hearts was something rarely, if ever, seen among the children in the United States. Although they possessed very little materially, the love and joy of Christ was so present in them, which speaks very clearly about what is really essential in this life.”
– Craig | St. Mary’s University

“My experience in Peru would not have been the same if it weren’t for the leaders who facilitated this trip. Each one of them was extremely committed to their role and set great examples for the rest of the group. It’s difficult for me to express in words how God truly does work in mysterious ways, a fact which was manifested through this trip. Never before have I experienced with such intensity the feeling and awareness of God’s presence that everything else becomes unimportant.”
– Janae | UPenn

The Need

Participants will have the option to participate in the faith formation and solidarity aspects of this trip, including house visits, catechesis with kids, and care for the poor. Physical work activities may be included depending on the desire and ability of the group. Get in touch with us or attend one of our info sessions for more details.

Locations

Lima

Lima is the capital city of Peru and the the 23rd most populated in the world with over 8.6 million inhabitants (New York City comes in at 24th).  Lima metro numbers nearly 30 million.

Although Peru has made been making economic progress, there are still significant areas of severe poverty on the fringes of Lima.  This is where Creatio serves, whether through work projects like building staircases so people who live up the hillside can get home safely or spreading the hopeful message of the Gospel to people who are keen to hear it.

Machu Picchu

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu’s mysterious history and it’s majestic scenery makes it a must-see on any visit to Peru. Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region (from history.com).

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own travel insurance.  Please send a copy of your policy to Creatio if you choose to purchase it.

Medical Insurance

In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you.

Lodging

Creatio partners with local communities, families and hotels to host the missionaries and ensure all accommodations are satisfactory throughout the trip. Because this is a mission trip, conditions may not be comparable to the Ritz. However, basic needs for missionaries will always be met.

Itinerary

(subject to change)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Lima
  • Day 2: Holiness tour of Lima, including sites of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima; introduction to the mission
  • Days 3-7: Mission during the day, evenings include discussion, tourism, and free time
  • Day 8: Depart via plane for Cusco, travel to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cusco
  • Day 10: Travel by air from Cusco to Lima, and Lima to Denver

Spirituality

Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

 

Creatio is a Catholic organization. Missionaries are not required to be Catholic; however, Peru is strongly Catholic in culture. Tours will include churches and religious places that have contributed largely in forming of the culture of Peru.

Getting to Peru

Denver Catholic Biblical School and Creatio have contracted with High Point Travel, a group travel company with nearly 30 years in the business.

To Peru

Your American Airlines flight leaves Denver (DIA) at 10:30AM on June 7th, and you’ll land in Lima that evening after about an hour connection in Miami.

Cusco

Your 90 minute round-trip flight between Lima and Cusco is included.  We depart Lima at 6am on June 14th and depart from Cusco at 5pm on June 16th.  We will stay in the airport in Lima, because a few hours later we’ll be heading …

…back home to Denver!

You’ll fly on American Airlines again to get home, leaving Lima at 10:10PM, connecting in Miami, and landing back in Denver at 9:33AM Sunday, June 17th.

Health & Safety Information

Zika

The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at altitudes above 6,500 feet because of environmental conditions. Although there is a risk of Zika in Peru, our itinerary is limited to areas above this altitude so we are at minimal risk of getting Zika from a mosquito.

Peru as a whole is currently rated by the CDC at “Alert-level: 2”, meaning that travelers need to practice enhanced precautions.

Health Information

We recommend you undergoing a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the mission trip.

Cusco and Ayaviri are at a high altitudes in the Andes (11,000+ feet). Even healthy and fit people often feel symptoms of hypoxia (lack of oxygen, headaches, nausea, increased respiration and heart rate, gastric upsets) and need time to adjust to the altitude. If you are able some workout prior to departure to be better disposed for hard work in high altitudes, we would recommend it.

Food safety is an important issue when traveling internationally. Local tap water in Peru is not potable. Only bottled or treated (disinfected) water should be used for drinking. Do not use ice, avoid getting tap water in your mouth when showering and brushing teeth, and do not use tap water to wash fruits and vegetables. Meats and fish should be thoroughly cooked. Avoid cheap restaurants or food sold in the streets. If you don’t follow these instructions, you will probably go through an episode of diarrhea that can make traveling in the Andes a rather uncomfortable (and memorable) experience, to say the least.

Medical Care

Cusco: Medical care in Cusco is generally good. There are three relatively new, medium sized hospitals and other private clinics within a short drive from our residence. All of these hospitals can treat serious medical conditions or acute illnesses.

For more country-specific health and safety information, visit www.travel.state.gov for details.

Creatio trip leaders have years of experience leading trips to Peru. The local guides have all lived in Peru for more than two years, are fluent in Spanish and English, and are knowledgeable about Peruvian geography, history, culture, and safe travel procedures.

During our trip, we will not visit areas that either the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Lima has categorized as dangerous. In Peru, the U.S. Government is able to assist American citizens through their Embassy in Lima. Click here for access to the Embassy website containing the contact information of the Embassy and Consular Agent.

Peru is a developing country that may go through periods of political and economic instability. Labor-related strikes occur with certain frequency in urban or rural areas, and generally cause serious disruptions to road, air, and rail transportation. Demonstrations are often announced, yet not always. We may have to make some modifications to our schedule due to marches or strikes. Participants must be open to unexpected changes.

Like many large cities around the world, Lima suffers from crime. They require care while traveling, but are generally safe places. In these cities we will visit museums, historic places, and other tourist areas that attract large crowds.  As you know, thieves operate in places that gather large crowds and therefore you should be especially careful. You are advised to keep your credit cards, cash, and identification in your front pocket or a secure money holder. You should not carry your original passport unless you are traveling by train, bus or plane. If the police request identification, a copy of the passport is acceptable. You don’t want to waste time replacing your driver license, passport, or other identification during your trip. You should limit your cash in hand (just carry what you will need for the day) and unnecessary credit cards. It is better to avoid handbags or objects that hang freely, because those are easy targets for pickpockets.

We urge you to be watchful of your belongings, because if you leave them behind in a tourist area or other location, you will probably not see them again (even if you notice a few minutes later). The idea of a place for “lost and found” objects is unfamiliar in rural areas or shanty towns. During overnight bus or train rides, stay close to your belongings. If you leave the bus during scheduled stops, take your valuable objects with you.

In many cities, you will see plenty of moneychangers in the streets. Even though they may give you a higher rate than the one offered by banks and money exchange agencies, you are advised to avoid them because some of them are a conduit for counterfeit currency.

Pirated goods are widely available. Do not buy them. You will be breaking the law. Additionally, if you bring them back to the US, you could face severe fines (e.g. $ 250,000). Certain drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Peru are illegal in the US. Please be sure you check before attempting to bring them back into the US. For instance, coca-leaf tea is a popular beverage and folk remedy for altitude sickness in Peru and is sold in most Peruvian supermarkets. However, possession of these tea leaves is illegal in the US so do not attempt to bring any back with you.

For additional security information about Peru, you can go to the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website athttp://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/peru.html or the U.S. Embassy in Lima at http://lima.usembassy.gov/.

Required Documents

US Citizens:
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Non US Citizens or those traveling from outside of the US:
  • Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
  • Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.

What To Bring

Carry-On Luggage (Recommend a backpack/day pack):

  • Passport
  • Travelers insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Emergency Contact Information (we will give it to you before you depart)
  • Cash in US dollars
    • Bringing money – We recommend bringing $200-$300. You can choose to exchange US dollars for Peruvian soles either before you depart or in Lima. Wells Fargo has a good exchange rate if you are a member. We recommend that you bring at least some cash from the US for anything you might want at the airport.
  • Personal debit and credit cards – There are ATMs in Lima, but not many in Huaraz. Be aware of international fees.
    1. Call your debit card company at least one week in advance to inform them of where you are traveling and the dates (phone number on card).
    2. Know your PIN. You can’t use your debit card in Peru without it.
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications – in original containers. Bring any special or over-the-counter medications you need with you from the US.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) – All liquids must be in 3 oz containers or less and all placed in one quart-sized Ziploc bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spiritual materials – Bible, journal, Rosary, spiritual reading, etc.
  • Water bottle – empty to go through security

Checked Luggage (50 lb max):

  • Copy of your ID, Passport, traveler insurance card, and medical insurance card
  • Jeans/pants, t-shirts, sweatshirt for work (you will get dirty). Please bring only modest clothes – no tank tops (always have shoulders covered) and shorts knee length or longer.
  • Comfortable, casual outfits for touring, sightseeing, and walking
  • Nicer clothes for mass, restaurants (decent clothes without holes – “dressy” clothes like skirts and dressy pants aren’t necessary, but you may bring them if you would like)
  • Shorts (remember length)
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing suit
  • Work gloves
  • Two warm sweaters
  • Coat for nights (it will get cold in the mountains)
  • Lightweight winter hat and gloves
  • Poncho/rain jacket
  • Sandals/Flip flops – for shower
  • Walking shoes
  • Old tennis shoes or work boots
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Small roll of toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Sleeping Bag (30 degree °F rating or lower)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Lip balm and lotion
  • Secure money/Passport carrying case
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Prescription glasses – If you wear contacts, please be sure to bring your glasses as well. You will be asked not to wear your contacts certain work days since dust will likely get underneath them.

Optional:

  • Camera/batteries/charger
  • Leatherman or knife
  • Debit card and PIN
  • Earplugs
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Granola bars, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade powder packets, etc.
  • Cards or small games for down time
  • Spanish translation book
  • Mass parts and Rosary in Spanish
  • Electrical converter – voltage in Peru is 220V compared to 110V in the US. Check any electrical item you want to bring. If it is not able to use 220V, you will need to bring an electrical converter.

Second Checked Bag (50 lb max) – optional:

Some airlines allow two free checked bags. Check with yours to confirm luggage costs. If you would like to bring a second checked suitcase with items to leave, the following are good items the people in Peru need (We recommend using an old suitcase you don’t mind leaving behind.):

  • Warm clothes/jackets/blankets
  • Rosaries or other religious items (holy cards, “How to Pray the Rosary” booklets, bibles, etc.)
  • Work gloves
  • School supplies (crayons, scissors, pencils, etc.)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste (dental hygiene isn’t good there)
  • Soccer balls or volleyballs (deflated for travel)

Paying For Your Experience

Full amount ($3,295) due by April 7th.

$1,600 deposit due by February 15th to reserve air travel.

(Deposit is refundable until February 15th.)

After you apply you will receive an invoice for the full amount of the Adventure Mission.  You can make a full or partial payment towards the total (without interest or penalty) so long as these deadlines are met.