Gap Years in Peru
Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in South America. Home to the mesmerizing Inca ruins, an intriguing culture of colour and festivals, as well as the incredible landscapes of the Nazca lines and Floating Reed Islands, there are so many reasons why Peru should be on every gapper’s to-go list.
A trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without a hike to the UNESCO World heritage site, Machu Picchu. Backpackers can pack their bare essentials and take on the four to five day hike over the 43km Inca trail, where they’ll be rewarded with the amazing site of the 15th century ancient village. You can always take a train or minibus but seeing this incredible sight makes it all that more special when you’ve worked harder to get there.
Cusco is the historical city that you’ll pass through on your way to Machu Picchu. Once the site of the Inca Empire, this city has been named the Historical Capital of Peru, and is the place to see the original Inca temples; Qorikanca and the Temple of the Sun. There are many other Inca buildings and foundations here as well as Spanish Colonial buildings, such as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.
It’s not all sightseeing and history absorbing here though, there’s plenty of space for adrenaline activities as well. You can go White water rafting and canoeing down the Urubamba River in Cusco, mountain bike along the trails of the beautiful mountains in the Huaraz National Park, and finish off surfing on the waves of the Chicama and Punta Rocas beaches.
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.