machu picchu trek

Know Before You Go: FAQS, South America Explorer

Program: South America Explorer Location: Peru, Ecuador Duration: 4, 7 or 8 weeks   Travel in South America comes with a guarantee of adventure, and part of the magic comes from encountering the unexpected sights, sounds and sources of excitement. That being said, whether you’re a first time traveller or a seasoned explorer, it can be useful to find out … Read More

Footsteps of the Inca – the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Introduction Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Inca: one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Relatively new, anyway – the fabled mountain citadel was constructed six hundred years ago as the spiritual heart of the powerful Inca Empire. It is thought to have survived the Spanish colonisation that all but destroyed the Inca civilisation, lying hidden in the … Read More

When is the best time to visit South America?

The enormous continent of South America is a well sought-after location for gap year travelers. As such, we often get asked: When the best time to join the South America Explorer program? However, in such a sizeable continent filled with a large variety of ecosystems and altitudes, this question can be a bit tricky to answer. During the first three … Read More

Making our way to Cuenca

The Aftermath of Our Machu Picchu Trek

Stay up-to-date with this summary of the third week in South America, courtesy of the legendary Klara in Cuenca. This week we spent our last couple of days in Peru in a small town called Mancora along the northern beaches, very close to the border to Ecuador. View this post on Instagram Trying not to turn into a 🍅 A post shared … Read More

We Carved Our Own Spears

After the animal sanctuary, we spend a night in Puyo and the next afternoon we headed off back into the Amazon to stay with the Shuar tribe. As it turned out tribes aren’t what they used to be.
We were actually staying with an Amazonian community. They still lived quite basic, but not as “tribal” as we had imagined. We had access to electricity; we had a kitchen of sorts which we stocked with food from a nearby town (we even had a fridge!); there was a shower, yet it was so weak we still used the river to wash in…

Adventure Gap Year in South America

Don’t Let The Zika Virus Stop You From Taking A Gap Year In South America

Anyone who has recently been considering taking a gap year in South America or travelling to any region of Central America or the Caribbean in recent months has undoubtedly been advised of the potential new health threat – The Zika virus. The Zika virus has made headlines globally due to its rapid spread. At first these headlines may indeed sound alarming, but what’s the … Read More

Squirrel Monkeys

Meet Nibbler – Our Team Mascot!

We had a great start to the week with an awesome weekend in Banos. After our first week in at the animal rescue centre we were happy to check in to a hostel with a cozy bed! As soon as we arrived we saw signs for bungee jumps, rafting and mountain biking so we knew it was going to be an adrenaline filled weekend.

Pascal. The Evil Parrot.

We arrived at the Sacha Yacu animal rescue centre Sunday night where we unpacked and ate dinner. Raul, one of the guys working at the animal rescue centre told us that it opened nine years ago, originally located in the town, before expanding and moving further into the jungle…

South America – Week 3 – Beaches

Mancora. Day one: After arriving nice and early some of us went to the beach and relaxed while others surfed. Just relaxed after traveling for a while. It was hot here and Tom decided he did not need sun cream, the sun decided differently. Here it was just nice to relax and take your time, no rush! Robin Louise and … Read More

South America April 2014

After saying our final farewells to Emily, Angali and Joe on Saturday morning, we spent the rest of the weekend chilling at the beach in Musine with some beers and coconuts, followed by an early night in preparation for the week ahead. Looking back, the majority of the week consisted of incredibly hyperactive, wired school children, two new arrivals- Lexi … Read More