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

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. We arrived Monday morning after an 18 hour bus ride from Lima with bags full … Read More

The Challenges of the Inca Toilets

Stay up-to-date with this summary of the second week in South America for our gap year travellers. On Jan 22 2017 we began our trek through the Andes towards Machu Picchu. A faint sense of apprehension hung in the air as we neared the mouth of our trail. The challenges ahead were all that were mentioned at breakfast, particularly that of the … Read More

Gap Year in South America

Adapting to Excitement in Cusco

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…

South America Explore Gap Year

The less travelled Salkantay trail

Omar and Edwin, our guides for the trip gave us our maps which sparked the excitement for our trek ahead which started off properly with a lunch in Mollepata at 3400m. We took the less travelled Salkantay trail which after the initial incline was a flat trail along to the first campsite, Soraypampa at 3880m beneath the glacier Umantay (some of us were thankful for more than one sleeping bag!). …