Over the summer, Dr Dixon and Miss Charles took twenty-two of our Year 11 and 12 students (now Year 12 and 13) on an inspirational and exciting trip to Peru and Bolivia. 

The group travelled with Outlook Expeditions and spent twenty-eight days in the Andes trekking, volunteering in an orphanage, and visiting sites like Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Plains. They began in Peru in the city of Cusco, high in the Andes. It took a few days for them to get used to the altitude and get prepared for the rest of our expedition.

The Year 11 students then completed the four-day Salcantay Trek. This is one of the hardest of the Inca trails with a pass of nearly 5000m above sea level. The trek finished at Machu Picchu (the ‘lost’ city of the Incas). The group arrived at this amazing place to see the sunrise and the clouds lift. Whilst the Year 11s were trekking, the Year 12 students spent four days volunteering in an orphanage near Cusco. Here we built a retaining wall for a new study centre, which involved moving several truckloads of rocks and mixing a lot of cement! We donated four old school laptops to the new study centre and several bags of sport’s kit. These will make a real difference to the orphans. After these four days the groups swapped, and after this, they made their way to Bolivia as one big group.


After an overnight bus ride from Peru, they arrived at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The group completed an amazing four-day tour through the region where we saw stunning views of volcanoes, deep blue, yellow and green lakes, snow-covered peaks, geysers and amazing rock formations. The final stop was a giant blood-red lake made this colour by the billions of plankton that flamingos were feeding on. The last night was spent in a homestay nearly five thousand metres high, with a brilliant view of the Milky Way. Our students did phenomenally well throughout the trip, exceeding expectations from the very first day. Very well done to them all.

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To see Dr Dixon's fantastic write-up from the entire trip please visit the PDF below.

Peru and Bolivia 2017