Volunteer Work Programs
Do I need to speak Spanish to work as a volunteer?
Do you have contact details of institutions in the area?
Do you have any comments from previous volunteers?
How long do the volunteer programs last? Can I work for just one week, for example? I don’t have much time.
What are the costs involved for volunteers? Do we need to pay for these programs?
Will visitors help with daily tasks?
Do you have any comments from previous visitors?
The Train Campaign
Please can you tell me how the Patronage works, for example, are there regular meetings and definite steps to get the train running again?
Is there a guideline on how much money we should donate to help the cause?
Is there a petition we can sign?
Lima to Huancayo
Do you have prices and times of buses from Lima to Huancayo?
Where is the best place to stay between Lima and Huancayo to break up the long journey?
Tourist Information - Huancayo
What is there to do in and around Huancayo?
Can you recommend any good places to try traditional food in Huancayo?
If I get the train from Huancayo to Huancavelica, how can I get from Huancavelica to Ayacucho? I have heard there is no bus service
Courses offered in Huancayo
What are the exact prices of the Spanish courses you offer?
Do I need to book in advance for these courses?
What about the other cultural courses?
What are the prices and booking details for the tours you offer?
What are the minimum and maximum number of people required to go on these tours?
We are interested in doing a high jungle trek but don’t have much time. Do you do tours of less than 5 days into the jungle? Or can you give us information on how to get there by bus?
Volunteer Work Programs Back to top
Q: Do I need to speak Spanish to work as a volunteer?
A: This depends on what type of work you are looking for. Typical volunteer work includes work in hospitals, teaching English and work on specific projects in rural communities. Hospital work will obviously require more knowledge of Spanish than the latter two examples. It is better to know at least basic Spanish to begin with. This way, both the volunteer and the institution will benefit much more from the time and the experience.
Q: Do you have contact details of institutions in the area?
A: Most volunteer programs are organized through Incas del Peru. We have contacts with a number of institutions in different fields. Our current opportunities include positions in:
- Health and Hospitals
- Service Industry
- Office Work
- Rural and Agricultural Work
Incas del Peru will help volunteers find the placement that best meets their abilities as well as the needs of the institution, and will organize accommodation, meals and transport to and from work
Q: Do you have any comments from previous volunteers? Back to top
A: You can read some comments from past volunteers.... and also contact them!
...One of the things that drew us to Incas was the no volunteer placement fee and we would receive significant discounts on food and lodging. We had been looking around and one of our constraints was money and most organizations charge heavy fees to volunteers.
We really wanted to volunteer but weren’t sure if we could afford it. We had sent an info seeking email to Lucho and he replied promptly and after struggling to find decent priced plane tickets we arrived in Peru ... Read more
Ryan and Chelsea McClain from USA (
, Jeroen and Debby Crecou from Holland (
) for feedback and information.
Q: How long do the volunteer programs last? Can I work for just one week, for example? I don’t have much time.
A: Usually volunteers are asked to work for at least one month to leave enough time for training. Incas del Peru will organize any Spanish classes you may need, as well as board and lodging.
Q: What are the costs involved for volunteers? Do we need to pay for these programs?
A: There is a $100 booking fee. You will also need to pay for lodging and food, which we can organize with a Peruvian family, recommended hostel or apartment. The price, of course, depends on the level of luxury! Please note that all volunteers will be eligible for a 10% discount on any services offered by Incas del Peru. Click here for more details.
Homestay Programs Back to top
Q: Will visitors help with daily tasks?
A: This depends on the individual and on the family. Visitors will be more likely to help in rural homestays. You will be able to go out into the fields with the locals to see how they work and perhaps help. Incas del Peru will coordinate all extra activities.
Q: Do you have any comments from previous visitors?
A: Yes, plenty! Please refer to the TESTIMONIALS section of the website.
The Train Campaign Back to top
Q: Please can you tell me how the Patronage works, for example, are there regular meetings and definite steps to get the train running again?
A: The Patronage was started and is fully financed by Incas del Peru. We had an office in the Lima train station in 1998-99 but due to the privatization and subsequent closing down of the train service, we closed the office. We hope to reopen the office when the train gets back on the rails. For the moment, we need your written support and comments, which you can send to
Once we receive sufficient support in this way, we can present our case to the local and national authorities involved. Only then will we organize meetings for interested parties and receive donations to support the campaign.
We are simply trying to put back to work a tool for tourism for the Central Andes.
Click here for the latest Updates on the Train Status!
Q: Is there a guideline on how much money we should donate to help the cause?
A: For the moment, we are not accepting donations, as we will be accused of promoting the present campaign for profit by local political organizations. What we would really appreciate are ideas and contacts to get the Highest Train in the World declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Q: Is there a petition we can sign? Back to top
A: Yes. Please contact Incas del Peru for more information. Or send your comments to
These comments will be collated and presented to authorities involved.
Lima to Huancayo Back to top
Q: Do you have prices and times of buses from Lima to Huancayo?
A: Buses usually leave late at night (about 10 pm) or in the morning (between 6 am and midday). It is worth checking the times with the company you want to go with beforehand as they vary (phone numbers and addresses of bus companies are here .) As for prices, Cruz del Sur is the most luxurious but most expensive (S/55). Etucsa costs about S/30.
Q: Where is the best place to stay between Lima and Huancayo to break up the long journey?
A: There are various villages in between the two cities, all with hostels. Most are basic however and you may find that you are the only tourists. Chosica has a great market and several hostels but is only 2 hours from Lima. Tarma is probably the best village to stay the night in. There are various quality hotels at various prices. 4 km away is a huge limestone cave (guided tours possible) and 9 km away is the famous Santuario de El Señor de Muruhuay. Tourist information for both these is available at 2 de Mayo 775.
Tourist Information - Huancayo Back to top
Q: What is there to do in and around Huancayo?
A: There is a large and famous market in Huancayo on Jr. Huancavelica that is really worth a visit. Incas del Peru has several walking maps of the local area incorporating many of the local craft villages, famous for weaving (Hualhuas), silver filigree jewelry (San Jerónimo) and carved gourds (Cochas Chico). Ask in our office for the maps and details on bus services to these villages. Parque de la Identidad is a nearby, pretty park with statues of famous, local characters of music and folklore. All the sculptures have meanings. Locals in colorful waistcoats will give you a guided tour (Spanish only). Thursday and Friday nights in La Cabaña have live, folk music played by local bands with local instruments. If you have more time, Incas del Peru can organize classes for you to learn local skills and crafts. These include: Spanish, Quechua, weaving and panpipe playing.
Q: Can you recommend any good places to try traditional food in Huancayo?
A: La Cabaña has excellent trout ceviche and anticuchos (heart kebabs). If staying at La Casa de la Abuela, la Abuela will prepare any local food if given notice. Families involved in the homestay program will also do so. Antojitos on Av. Puno and Arequipa is also good. There are in fact, several good restaurants in Huancayo and in the Mantaro valley that prepare excellent typical dishes (including pachamanca, a way of cooking underground with hot stones). Visit Incas del Peru for a free map and advice on where to find them.
Q: If I get the train from Huancayo to Huancavelica, how can I get fromHuancavelica to Ayacucho? I have heard there is no bus service. Back to top
A: Emp. San Juan (Av. Andrés A. Caceres, s/n in the zone of Yananuco) has buses going to Ayacucho every day via Rumichaca. There is an alternative route to the main road with 2 villages on the way. You have to change buses in both places (Lircay and Julcamarca) and you can stay the night in the first one called Lircay. Bus times: Huancavelica to Lircay 2 ½ hours; Lircay to Julcamarca 3 hours; Julcamarca to Ayacucho 3 hours. Shared taxis, or colectivos, also go to Ayacucho.
Courses offered in Huancayo Back to top
Q: What are the exact prices of the Spanish courses you offer?
A: Spanish courses (see the “COURSES” section of the website for more exact info): all courses include 3-4 hours of Spanish lessons (Mon-Fri), 3 meals a day, 5-7 days accommodation either in our hostel - La Casa de la Abuela, or homestay, course materials and free pick up from the bus station. Some courses include a discount on a weekend excursion, farewell dinner and interactive Spanish practice around Huancayo. Budget course: $140; Survival course $175; Standard course $245; Interactive course; $280. A 5% discount for guests at La Casa de la Abuela. The prices are per week. Courses can be followed for up to a month.
Q: Do I need to book in advance for these courses?
A: In the busy season (April-September), we advise booking for Spanish courses as much in advance as possible. Classes start on Mondays.
Q: What about the other cultural courses? Back to top
A: We offer: Quechua; weaving; spinning and natural dye courses; cooking courses; music courses (pan flute, panpipes, charango (small guitar) and guitar courses) gourd carving and jewellery making. Prices include hire of teaching materials, study books (if applicable) and notebooks. Booking at least a week in advance is essential for all the above courses. Please contact Incas del Peru to book.
Tours Back to top
Q: What are the prices and booking details for the tours you offer?
A: You can find booking forms with terms and conditions in the TRIPS section of the website. Booking forms are applicable for the mountain trek, mountain biking and high jungle tours. For prices, please email us at
. Mountain tours can only be done when the weather permits; May to September are the best months. We would appreciate at least two weeks notice, especially for tours lasting longer than a day.
Q: What are the minimum and maximum number of people required to go on these tours?
A: Minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people. Back to top
Q: We are interested in doing a high jungle trek but don’t have much time. Do you do tours of less than 5 days into the jungle? Or can you give us information on how to get there by bus?
A: A minimum of 4 days can be organized. There is no bus service to the place where the trip starts. However, there are buses from Huancayo to La Merced (5 hours by bus) where you can change and get a bus to Satipo (6 hours by bus) in the high jungle. Please email us if you need information on where to stay; we can recommend a great place. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email; or register with our bulletin board and send your comments/questions there.
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