**THIS TRIP IS NOW OPEN**
Like a continent in miniature - Peru is the one stop shop for all your adventure travel needs. From the markets of Cusco and the beaten trails on the Salkantay trek, to the magical history of Machu Picchu and the northern beaches, there is plenty to discover and explore.
Join our group travel program and follow in the footsteps of past explorers as you discover the New World and the best kept secrets of the ‘Land of the Incas’. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime combining trekking, adventure travel, cultural experiences and wildlife volunteering, this is the ultimate Peru adventure!
- Explore the markets and learn Spanish in the old Inca capital of Cusco
- Discover the New World and the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu
- Volunteer at an endangered animal sanctuary
- Relax on the white sand beaches of northern Peru
- Amble through the streets of Lima - the ‘City of Kings’ and a UNESCO world heritage site
Week 1: Cusco
Begin your journey in Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire and cultural heart of Peru. Spanish lessons, homestays with friendly local families and city exploration with your fellow travellers are the perfect way to acclimatise - both to the altitude and the laid-back South American way of life.
Week 2: Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
Step up the adventure level with an epic trek across the Andes to Machu Picchu. Follow in the footsteps of Inca roadbuilders on the remote Salkantay route over icy mountain passes and through mysterious cloud forests to the remains of a fallen civilisation. This is the way to the Lost City of the Inca for those who prefer the path less travelled.
Week 3: Endangered Animal Sanctuary
Calling all animal lovers – this is the week for you! Gain practical, hands-on experience in wildlife conservation at a private animal sanctuary. Help improve the lives of threatened species native to the Peruvian coasts and jungles whilst supporting the sanctuaries efforts to create a safe habitat for all the animals.
Week 4: Beach days & Lima
There’s no better way to end your adventure than experiencing the idyllic beaches on Peru’s Pacific coast. Soak up the atmosphere in the beach towns, enjoy the pristine blue water or just kick back and enjoy some sun! Your adventure will finish in the ancient and historical capital city of Lima, take in the colonial architecture before boarding your flight home.
- Pre-departure support
- Airport pick-up & return transfer
- Gapforce Leader
- Local support staff
- All accommodation & meals
- All internal transport
- Trips & activities as listed in brochure
- 24/7 emergency back up
- Financial failure protection
What is not included:
- Flights to/from destination
- Travel Insurance
- Visa & Vaccinations
- Spending Money
- Tipping & Gratuities
Who is this program for?
This program is for anyone looking to explore and volunteer in one of South America’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate.
Where will I be staying?
You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodation throughout your trip including local hotels and hostels, camping, volunteer guesthouses and home-stays. Most accommodation will be dorm style with shared bathrooms.
What is the food like?
You will be provided with 3 meals a day for the duration of your trip. Typical South American food includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialities will always be made available! Vegan and vegetarian diets can be catered for, please check with us regarding further dietary requirements and/or allergies.
Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your expedition we utilise the services of local support staff including project coordinators, drivers and guides.
How much spending money do I need?
We advise you to budget approximately £40-£60/week to cover items not included in the itinerary such as additional meals, drinks, snacks, and optional activities.
What type of transport will I be using?
You are responsible to getting yourself to and from the start point of the expedition. During the expedition, program transfers are included. Travel is a combination of day and overnight journeys using a range of transport including public and private buses, internal flights, boats and taxis. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.
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- Duration: 4 weeks
- Departures: January, May, October