Spanish & Inca Archaeology Project
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where? Lucre Valley, Cusco, Peru
Groups on our Spanish and Inca project in Peru will get involved in three main areas of work; archaeology, community work and expeditions, as well as taking intensive Spanish lessons. Our main area of work is near Lucre at the site of multiple unregistered structures and forms in Pikillaqta National Park. It is believed, because of their proximity to Machu Picchu, that the site will become an important area for Inca historians.
You will work alongside Peruvian archaeological experts on archaeological excavations at the newly discovered site in the Lucre Valley, helping with the various tasks including looking for "new" sites, mapping, excavating, classifying artefacts and cleaning and maintaining current sites. Preliminary investigations involved the registration of Inca and pre-Inca tombs, burial chambers, buildings, Inca trails, water channels, terrace systems, petroglyphs and access routes in the district. You will also get involved in community work in the form of painting a classroom at a local school, organising educational materials for the local teachers or arranging sports with the local children.
Alongside this work, you will take Spanish lessons which are extremely interactive and you will receive great encouragement every step of the way. Whether you want to master the basics or just to brush up or improve your Spanish the teaching will be adjusted to your level.
Peru, which is five times the size of the UK, was shaped by the Incas and the Spanish is the perfect place to immerse yourself in South American life while you're volunteering abroad. Our unique Inca project is based in Lucre, about an hour and a half from Urubamba, where Projects Abroad Peru is based. Your group will live in a community house with Projects Abroad staff where we are aiming to become self-sufficient in the future. You will be expected to help out with activities like looking after crops, harvesting tomatoes, feeding the chickens and ducks, helping to maintain the out-buildings and taking turns with the washing up after dinner or lunch!
For more information, please see our main Incan & Wari Archaeology Project page.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.