Backpacking Peru: A True South American Experience

A land of ancient civilisation, vibrant colour, immersive culture and stunning landscapes, Peru is one of the world’s finest adventure travel destinations. Trekking the renowned Inca Trail to the heights of Machu Picchu should be on any explorers’ bucket list, but Peru is also home to a further 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 12 National Parks, providing ample opportunity … Read More

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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

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…

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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

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