Featuring 360 Community Led Change and a Visit to Machu Picchu

May 2-11, 2024

We have a future to craft together.

In May of 2024, Legado community members will have a chance to journey to the land of Peru’s Machigenga Communal Reserve and Megantoni National Sanctuary to be part of our newest program working in partnership with the Indigenous peoples of the Asháninkas, Matsigenkas, Yine Yami, Quechua, and Kakinte, key stewards of Andes Amazon.

Join us on a journey of adventure and creation which combines working with the Indigenous communities that steward the Machigenga Communal Reserve and Megantoni National Sanctuary to create their legacies for a Thriving Future alongside mountain hiking and exploration activities in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The capstone of our time together is helping support one of Legado’s Community Legacy Workshops. Together we will create personal and community legacies centered around stronger livelihoods and healthy forests, equal access to education, gender equity in governance, and more— Thriving Futures™ for all.  We will celebrate our time together by exploring Machu Picchu as our final event. 

Journey Details

Our trip begins with a quick overnight in Lima before we fly the next morning to Cusco – the gateway to Peru’s mountains. After exploring Cusco we journey through Peru’s Sacred Valley and the Malaga Mountain Pass to arrive in the Quillabamba, the valley of the moon in Quechua.

Our time together is focused around the landscape housing the Machigenga Communal Reserve and Megantoni National Sanctuary–the heart of the Vilcabamba Mountains and the Avireri-Vraem Biosphere Reserve, one of the newest UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. It is also the site of Legado’s newest partnership in Latin America where we are working with Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas Megantoni National Sanctuary and Machiguenga Communal Reserve teams, along with the ECA Maeni (the Indigenous co-management entity of the Machiguenga Communal Reserve) to create Thriving Futures with the over 12,000 Indigenous peoples who call the reserve home.

Once we are in Quillabamba, you as a Legado “champion” will jump in and help support Legado’s signature Legacy Workshop with Indigenous community participants as they craft their Thriving Future.  Each champion contributes in different ways, from helping facilitate a women’s discussion about micro-business opportunities, to drawing flip charts in English and Spanish, to welcoming and thanking each participant every morning, and more. You are truly one of our team as we all work to create an inclusive, dynamic, fun, and fruitful Legacy program.

Our time in Peru also includes hiking and exploring around the Vilcabamba mountains and foothills. This region hosts 12 different ecosystems in three ecoregions: the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Andes, Yungas on the steep mountain slopes with cloud forests, and the high-elevation region in the Andes mountain range. We will alternate time between communities and Quillabamba and also spend time visiting artisanal chocolate farms and local handicraft cooperatives alongside our time in each community we visit. Our time together culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu which we access via gentle walk from the Hydroelectric station as our luggage arrives by train. We have a day to explore Machu Picchu before we return to Cusco, Lima, and beyond. 

We’ve been running our Legacy Expeditions since 2015— Join us!

Why Legacy?

The cumulative impact of individual actions sets the trajectory of the future. When people think of their lives as having a legacy, they are emboldened to conceive and drive their own vision for a thriving future.

Legado works to activate the power of legacy so that people and their natural environment can thrive together – now and into the future.

Our Peru 2023 Legacy Expedition offers an opportunity to join the Legado team and our community partners to mobilize legacies in Peru’s Machiguenga Communal Reserve

“My experience traveling to Mt. Namuli and working with Legado was exceptional. The participants in our 3-day workshop ranged from community members, to agricultural specialists, to Ministry Officials. This area of the planet is more beautiful than anywhere I’ve traveled and I’d be thrilled for another opportunity to walk under the open sky of Mozambique. Majka’s style of leadership includes self-discovery, autonomy, and movement. I came away from my trip to Mt Namuli a transformed person and more able to be in service of my own community.“ – Christine Bachman

Legado + You in 2024

Join us to support Indigenous communities who steward the Machiguenga Communal Reserve and Megantoni National Santuary to create their vision, determine goals, and initiate actions for a Thriving Future for their people and environment during our 2024 Peru Legacy Expedition.

Your Contribution

Each trip participant will commit to a tax-receiptable investment of $11,000 USD to cover trip costs and help expand the scope and reach of Legado’s work around the world.  A 50% deposit of $5,500 holds your spot and a final matching donation of $5,500 is due February 1st.

(Note: Legado will cover all in-country expenses directly related to your stay beginning in Cusco, Peru including food, lodging, local transportation and adventures.)

If you wish to fundraise your contribution, please connect with Leigh to create a fundraising plan. You can reach her at leigh@legadoinitiative.org.


All participants have to have up to date vaccinations, boosters, and comply with COVID testing requirements of Peru and their home countries.

We cannot legally issue refunds for any donations already received. If a trip is cancelled then any donations already received associated with the Legacy Expedition will be credited towards a future Legacy Expedition. For example, if you have contributed $7,500 already for this program, you will only need to contribute the balance for the next Legacy Expedition.

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