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June 6-17, 2020: SVdP Youth Group Peru Adventure Mission

Mission Fee

$3200 – $3600 – all-inclusive

Creatio does not charge any administration fees or costs on flights

Fundraising Tips

Includes

  • International Round-Trip Airfare from Denver, CO to Lima, Peru
  • Lodging
  • All Meals
  • Travel Insurance with a Major Provider
  • All Ground Transportation in Peru
  • Airfare to Cusco en route to Machu Picchu
  • Guided Tours of Machu Picchu and Lima
  • Group Activity and Admission Fees on Tourist outings
  • Mission Project Materials (cement, building materials, skilled-laborer hire)
  • Creatio Guides

Excludes

  • Passport Fees
  • Meals while traveling

Dates

July 6 - 17, 2020* *dates +/- 1day

July 6 – 17, 2020*
*dates +/- 1day

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

Creatio purchases travel insurance for all participants on their international trips. Travel Insurance protects and covers not only the insurer during the trip, but also protects the money paid by the insured before the trip if the person has to cancel for unforeseen medical emergencies. Creatio does not refund trip payments and so the insurance policy is the main way in which your money can be protected. After the initial deposit has been Creatio purchases a policy for each individual participant.

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
  • Day 3: Mass in the Shanty town; visit to Limeño cultural district of Barranco; talk on evangelization of Peru
  • Days 4-8: Mission during the day, evenings include discussion, tourism, and free time
  • Day 9: Depart via plane for Cusco, travel to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu
  • Day 10: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cusco
  • Day 11-12: Travel by air from Cusco to Lima, and Lima to California

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 takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting Holy sites, but nobody will be forced to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.

Getting to Peru

Creatio have contracted with High Point Travel, a group travel company with nearly 30 years in the business.

To Peru

TBD.

Cusco

Your 90 minute round-trip flight between Lima and Cusco is included.

…back home to Colorado!

TBD

Health & Safety Information

Zika

Peru as a whole is currently rated by the CDC at “Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions”, meaning that travelers need to practice  normal or usual precautions when traveling.

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.

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 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Peru.html or the U.S. Embassy in Lima at pe.usembassy.gov/

Required Documents

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ

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. If these conditions are not met, it is likely that you will not be allowed to enter the country of Peru.
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 $3200 – $3600 (TBD) due by April 15, 2020.
Non-refundable deposit is $300 due immediately upon application to the trip.
An invoice will be sent to your registration email.

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.

We encourage you to fundraise your way on this trip. All costs related to the mission and airfare can be fundraised through Tax-free Donations.
For some helpful tips, click here.