Adapting to Excitement in Cusco

Gap Year in South America

Stay up-to-date with this summary of the first week in South America for our gap year travellers.

Everybody arrived in Cusco after a long journey. Although we all felt really tired we still were super excited to be here. 18 Gapforcers from 5 different countries ready to explore South America. We all were bonding right away since we share similar interests and are here for the same reason: Having fun and enjoying it fully!

Our guides Frank and Stefan seemed to be the perfect guides, super nice and full of travel experience!

The first two days were just about adapting to the high altitude and time difference. We explored Cusco by walking to the San Pedro Market, were we tried the freshest ‘jugos’ of all time.

Adapting to altitude on a gap year in peruOn Monday, we started the Spanish classes which were level adapted, in small groups and with funny teachers. In the afternoon our host families picked us up at the school to take us to their homes. The families tried their best and made us feel comfortable. It was a great way to practice a bit more spanish outside of our classes.

Different activities were planned every day to get the mot out of the time in Cusco.

Hiking to Cristo Blanco on a gap year

We hiked to different view points like the Cristo Blanco (White Crist), the Temple of the Moon and the Devil’s Balcony. The hikes were challenging but always worth it. The views and the atmospheres were stunning. We got the chance to eat guinea pig and other traditional food. The chocolate museum was another great activity. We learned about the chocolate and got to try all kinds. We also had a good amount of free time to do anything we wanted like visit other churches and museums as well as doing some shopping and going out.


Are you thinking about a gap year traveling in South America? We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions on your mind.

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