Gap Years and Backpacking in Peru

Countries  »  Peru

Backpacker Tours
Trek the Inca Trail and other sites with these tours
Conservation Projects
Work on these projects to protect Peru's wildlife
Local Community Work
Help out in poor rural communities on these projects
Teach on Your Year Abroad
Whatever you teach, English or other skills it will all help!
A Guide to Peru
Read up on what to do, where to go and getting off the beaten track
Travel in Peru

Gap Years in Peru

Peru is a classic South American gap year getaway. It's big, bright and colourful, and stretches from the lush, steamy rainforests in the east to the bare, arid deserts of the west.

The country is most famous for Machu Picchu and the Incas. Immersing yourself in Inca ruins and history is very cool, but Peru also has the iconic Nazca Lines and floating islands of Lake Titicaca to seek out and enjoy. Away from historical fun, Peru's capital Lima is great for partying, and Cusco and Arequipa have great traditional delights to offer as well.

Peruvians tend to be quiet and reserved, but friendly. The population is split between those of Spanish descent, and those descending from the indigenous Andes culture who speak Aymara and Quechua as a first language.

Backpacking in Peru

Peru is a fascinating and beautiful country to travel, and a brilliant place to volunteer.  When it comes to taking a gap year in South America, it should be at the very top of your places to consider.

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

Complete Gap Years

Complete Gap Years

Multi-Country Trips

Multi-Country Trips

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Volunteering

On these projects you can help out on a wide range of issues. From teaching children to gaining medical work experience to working in a children's shelter. However you want to spend you gap year, these projects are sure to help you have an amazing time and make some memories that you wouldn' ever get on your average gap year. Make a difference and help out local communities with these projects.

Volunteering in Peru

Care Work & Childcare

Care Work & Childcare

Community Projects

Community Projects

Conservation Projects

Conservation Projects

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice

Peru has an enormous amount to offer anyone on a gap year - trekking the Inca Trail, visiting the Colca Canyon and the less well known, but just as spectacular, ruins of Ollantaytambo. That's all to say nothing of the huge variety of volunteering projects and the unbelievably barren Atacama Desert. These are just some of highlights of this real South American gem.

Advice for Peru

A Complete Guide to Peru

A Complete Guide to Peru

Walking the Inca Trail

Walking the Inca Trail

Beyond the Beaten Track

Beyond the Beaten Track

Conservation Work in Peru

Conservation Work in Peru

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Map of Peru

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Machu Picchu and Inca Trail

Country Expert

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Warrick Howard

Warrick is our country expert for Peru. He's been there, he's seen it and he's done it...

Warrick has travelled extensively through South America and his two favourite countries are Bolivia and Peru, which is why he's written an amazing guide about them. He's also written a guide on walking the Inca Trail - make sure you give them a read...

So if you've got any questions about South America then give Warrick a buzz.... he may give you a sarcy comment or two but his advice is usually spot on!