Cuso Challenge 2020
Trek for Good
Combine travel, adventure and philanthropy with this epic hike to Machu Picchu. During this nine-day excursion you'll take the trail less traveled, meet Andean farmers and explore the world of the Incas—all while supporting Cuso International's mission to eradicate poverty and inequality. Amaze yourself. Trek for good. Join the Cuso Challenge.
You’ll see our work in action during a day-long excursion to one of our partner organizations in the area.
Cuso International has a long history of helping local partners in the Andean Region.
By joining the Cuso Challenge, you are helping women and girls gain the skills they need for lasting employment, promoting sustainable economic development and strengthening the Andean way of life.
Have questions? We have answers!
When is the Cuso Challenge happening?
The 2020 Cuso Challenge takes place from March 27 to April 4, 2020, with five of the nine days spent hiking.
How fit do I need to be?
If you lead a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle, you should be good to go! While strength is important, endurance is key. The hike takes place at altitude (4400m) so we do recommend training to increase cardiovascular endurance.
What about age?
Your age is less of a factor than physical endurance. Participants in the 2018 Cuso Challenge ranged in age from mid-20s to mid-70s!
What does a typical hiking day look like?
An early breakfast followed by six to eight hours of walking, with many opportunities to stop and take in the remarkable scenery. Lunch and dinner provided along the route. In the evenings, we camp in two-person dome tents in the shadows of mountains.
Will I have to carry all my gear?
Nope! You don’t need to worry about carrying your gear, setting up camp or cooking. This trip is fully supported with guides, porters, and cooking staff.
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What should I do to prepare?
Walking up hills and climbing stairs can help condition your lower body. Take long hikes with a weighted backpack, up and down hills or on small mountains. Add weight as you increase your training.
What else can I expect?
You’ll have time to explore the city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. You’ll meet those involved with a local Cuso project and have time to visit with volunteers and beneficiaries. This trek will take you through remote villages and offer you real insight into how Andean peoples live. You’ll see glacial blue lakes, snowy peaks, and have time to explore the ruins at Machu Picchu.
I’m in! How much does it cost?
Travel costs are in the range of $1,650 to $2,650, depending on the payment option you choose. Fundraising commitments range between $2,500 and $4,000. Everything is included (hotels, meals, transportation, etc.) except flights, but contact us before booking and we can help you get a good deal!
Can I get help with the fundraising part?
We’re here to provide you with all the support you need to achieve your fundraising goal! Access to your own online fundraising page, one-on-one support with Cuso’s professional fundraising staff and we will help design a fundraising campaign that plays to your strengths.
Who organizes the trip?
Cuso International works with Charity Challenge, a reputable and experienced tour operator. This is Cuso’s third trip with Charity Challenge and we can attest to the level of quality, organization and professionalism shown by their guides, doctors, and country staff. They advocate for responsible tourism and work alongside partners like the Rainforest Alliance and Climate Care.