Trip Region: South America
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2025
Airfare Estimate: $1000
Nightlife: 8 • Activity: 6
Have you ever wanted to surf the sea and sand? Do you want to visit one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World? Would you like to fill your Instagram with pictures of a rainbow mountain and other beautiful sights? Well then alpaca your bags and come join us in the land of the Inca for an incredible trip that will leave you with friends and memories to last a lifetime! Karaoke, pisco sours, and late nights on the dance floor will supplement the fun adventures and beautiful sights so don’t miss out on your chance to join us in Peru!
Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 15
Buh bye A2! Leave the Business + Impact challenge and orientation stress behind as we head down to the Land of the Inca.
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 16
Bienvenidos a Lima, Peru! What better way to fend off your jet lag and kick off the trip than by riding some waves. Today we’ll take surf lessons at Los Yuyos Beach and get to embarrass ourselves in front of our new best friends. Don’t worry, you can make up for your poor surf skills at the bar. We’ll have an official welcome dinner tonight and will be sure to keep the party going.
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 17
Today we’re going to kick the adrenaline rush up a notch. We’ll head down the Pacific Coast to take on sand boarding and dune buggies. Get your cameras ready because we promise the view from the top of the dunes will not disappoint. Santiago might even bring his gopro, capture all the memories, and then never show you the epic videos ever again...we’re not bitter or anything. After we take on the dunes we’ll head back to the local watering hole to recover.
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 18
Vamos a Cusco! Finally realizing that you’re not 21 anymore, and need extra time to recover? We gotchu. Once we land in Cusco, we’ll have a day of leisure. Feel free to explore the beautiful city or just hole up at the local microbrewery and rest up for tomorrow.
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 19
Sacred Valley time! Today is all about exploring the countryside. We’ll take a private bus tour through the Sacred Valley and have lunch with local villagers in Ollantaytambo. Get ready to say “Ollantaytambo” five times fast before exiting the bus. We’ll then board our next form of transportation and take an epic train ride to get our fill of NATURE. Don’t let this train ride fool you, we’ll be riding in style and will be getting one step closer to the much-anticipated Machu Picchu (heart eyes).
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 20
The day you’ve all been waiting for - a visit to one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu! Thanks to Shakira, we’ll keep the hiking to a minimum. The train will help us begin the trek and we’ll have a full day tour to take in all the glorious views of Machu Picchu. Your Insta will be blowing up with likes after capturing this great #content. After training back down, we’ll most likely end the night with Miguel getting low on the dance floor.
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 21
Making some delicious Peruvian food + visiting a World Heritage Site by UNESCO all in a day's work. We’ll start the day exploring the markets in Cusco and take a cooking class. Sharpen your knives and watch your fingers because we’re about to make some grub! We’ll then hit the streets to walk through the Imperial City and attempt to work off all that bomb food we just made. We’ll take in all the sites before getting ready for an early morning tomorrow.
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 22
Woooow it’s a double rainbow. We’re heading to RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Colors everywhere. We were able to convince Shakira this slight increase in her step count for the day will be extremely worth it. So get ready, anti-hikers, it’s going to be a journey you will love to hate but be really glad you came. If nothing else, do it for the gram.
Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 23
Free day - it’s your day to shine. Treat yo’ self. Buy that Andean hat you’ve had your eye on. Go pet those llamas. Soak in all the time you can with your new favorite squad. Prepare for a wild night that’ll be the ultimate send off before heading back to reality.
Departure Day — Monday, Aug 24
Sadly, our time together in this beautiful place has come to an end. I’m not crying, you’re crying. Head back to A2 with your new MTrek family. See you amigos at Skeeps!
Michael “Miguel” DeJaegher
This overly competitive knockerball player is the only reason this trip is happening. A future golf pro and finance bro, he comes in a neat package. He’s the “responsible” one of the group, but don’t be surprised when Michael transitions to Miguel once the vodka lemonades start flowing. With how close his butt gets to the dance floor, you’d never guess he’s a germaphobe. A true Domer at heart, Michael is still grappling with the idea of cheering for the block M, but he’s secretly turned into a Wolverine. This summer he will be taking on that consultant life in the windy city, and be able to #humblebrag about all those miles he racked up.
Kristen “Soledad” Chetrick
A wolf in sheep’s clothing, Kristen will have A LOT of questions for you. She needs answers, people!! A New Yorker recently transplanted to Denver to spice up Danone’s marketing, she’s exploring her crunchier side and will have a steady flow of lavender oil to protect you from mosquitos. This unofficial Girl Scout is prepared for any situation, and is ready to catch some gnarly waves bruh. Don’t be fooled by her quiet demeanor, this queen of tequila shots will baptize you into the MTrek family with a beer in hand and will make sure you fully embrace your Peruvian identity.
Avani “Shakira” Sharma
The epitome of “Big Things Come in Small Packages” this pint-sized lady packs a real punch. Always the life of the party, her hips won’t lie as she tears up the dance floor. If you want to see what it’s like for someone to truly kill the karaoke game – get ready for her to rap up on stage. When she’s not entertaining us with her razor-sharp wit or balancing bottles of alcohol on her head, you can find her making the world a better place with her work in social impact. She claimed she wouldn’t be friends with any of us after last year’s MTrek …but look at us now!! Another epic time awaits with Avani leading the charge.
Ariana “Rosita” Paul
Dionysus might be the official Greek god of partying, but our very own Greek goddess is out to give him a run for his money. When the resident Sporty Spice isn’t breaking you down on the basketball court with her sweet jump shot, you can find her at all the Ross parties AND the afterparties which is where she really shines. This Energizer Bunny is a founding member of #TeamNoSleep and will keep the party going even if she has an 8AM flight the next day. All those afterparties will be fueled by 90s music, which if it was a drug, would make Ariana the Keith Richards of our time. When she’s not out until the wee hours, the techie of the group will be drowning in data at SC Johnson this summer. A girl with a big heart and bigger laugh (even for our bad jokes), Ariana is here to guarantee you have a great MTrek and bring out your inner night owl in Peru!
Shivanshu “Santiago” Madan
When Shivanshu showed up to Ross last August with frosted tips that he actually pulled off, we knew he was a keeper. Although recruiting made him say Bye Bye Bye to his late 90s pop star look, he now makes up for the lack of frosted tips with the movement in his hips. You can find him on stage at every Ross dance event entertaining all of his adoring fans. However, if there’s anything he loves more than the bright lights of the stage, it’s being the subject of a photograph. Our resident camera whore is here to guarantee you get the perfect shot for your Insta to make all your friends jealous that you were on the best MTrek of all time. Bring on the photoshoots!