Lima Street Art & Graffiti
Explore the streets of Callao, Lima's fishing port just north of the city, where art expositions, films, and photo shoots all converge into one colorful explosion in this hip and up-and-coming district. Learn about the history and meaning of the street art that meets you at every turn, and leave your mark on Lima through a graffiti tour and class.
Take Spanish Lessons
Our Spanish lessons will help you communicate with ease during your volunteer experience, and out in the community while you're exploring. Courses are held twice a week at the CCS Home-Base, and are tailored for beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers. Whether you want the know-how to find "el baño" at a restaurant, or are hoping to put your Peruvian slang to the test, your CCS language instructor will help you get there.
Tour Plaza de Armas & Catacombs
Join us downtown, the colonial district of Lima where vestiges of Spain’s colonial empire still linger. Make your way through the palm tree lined Plaza de Armas to catacombs of the Convento de San Francisco to see the catacombs, which served as a burial place until 1808.
Miraflores Artisan Market
At the traditional Inca market in Miraflores, you can purchase alpaca socks (or alpaca anything, really), along with artisan goods from all over the country. Have fun practicing your Spanish skills while bargaining for a better price (don’t be shy; it’s expected!)
Visit the "Earth Maker" at Pachacamac
Named for the pre-Incan god Pacha Kamaq, or "Earth Maker", the ruins of Pachacamac will transport you back in time to the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon to learn about the religious beliefs and cultural systems of one of Peru's earliest civilizations.
Make Peruvian Chocolate
While the origins of chocolate are still under debate, many experts agree that the cocoa bean originated from the Andes foothills in the Amazon rainforest. Create your own "food of the Gods" at a chocolate-making class in Peru, and get a taste of what is becoming known more and more as one of the best chocolates in the world.
Try Your Hand at Peruvian Fonts
Located in a small artist studio in the heart of Barranco, attend a workshop focused on teaching us about the famous Lima font that can be seen on the sides of taxis, buses, and trucks. This font dates back to the 1950’s and has become a contemporary aspect of street art in Lima. In this workshop, you will learn how to make this font, and will create a piece of art you can take home with you.