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South America Explorer

Adventure travel in Peru and Ecuador

South America Explorer
From £2500 - 3950
Duration 28 - 49 Days
From £2500 - 3950
Duration 28 - 49 Days
Explore vibrant cities; ancient ruins; wild jungle; and the world-renowned Galapagos Islands in this 4-7 week adventure, the perfect introduction to incredible South America.


Discover the lost lands of the Incas! Whether the awe-inspiring spectacle of Machu Picchu; the sensation of waking up to the sounds and sights of the rainforest; or intimate encounters with incredible animals, you are sure to encounter something to astound you at every turn of this journey across Peru and Ecuador. Volunteering opportunities in wildlife conservation and social care mean you can leave your mark and give something back as you travel this vibrant, surprising corner of South America.


PERU —————————————————————————————–

Week 1: Cusco

City exploration  Spanish lessons  homestays

Week 2: Trek to Machu Picchu

5 day Salkantay Trail route

Week 3: Lima & Mancora

City exploration  beach time • surfing 

ECUADOR ——————————————————————————-

Week 4: Cuenca & animal rescue centre volunteering

City exploration  national park hiking  animal rescue centre work

Week 5: animal rescue centre volunteering & Baños break

Animal rescue centre work • hot springs • Casa del Arbol • optional ziplining, paragliding, canopy tour

Week 6: Amazonas

Kichwa indigenous community stay

Week 7: Galapagos Islands & Quito

Flamingo Bay by sunset  Sierra Negra Volcano hike  marine safari snorkelling  Charles Darwin research station  Tortuga Bay  Quito city exploration


“I had the most amazing time on my trip to South America in October! At first I was worried as there were only 3 other people in the group however as soon as we met the worries disappeared. Our guide Alfie was very enthusiastic and ensured we had an itinerary filled with fun activities and experiences. There was enough flexibility in the program that we were able to decide where to eat and what we wanted to see. The Spanish lessons in Cusco along with the homestay for the first week were a great way to start the trip. My favourite part of the trip was the hike to Machu Picchu. We were in an awesome group of people and saw breathtaking views. The Galápagos Islands were absolutely incredible and the activities were great especially the day trip on a boat out to snorkel! The best thing about this tour is the variety it entails. It involves adventure activities, volunteering and cultural experiences which combinded to make an unforgettable trip. Would highly recommend this program!”
Gillian, 2019
“Absolutely loved travelling in a group and this program definitely let me do that. Sara our guide was always there supporting us no matter what time of the day/night. There were some tricky situations in the group that were handled very quickly and professionally. What an amazing trip. Highlights: Cusco, spanish classes were great, Machu Picchu was very hard but rewarding, Mancora beach town absolute blast, Baños (white water rafting was amazing but try not to drink the river water or you will get sick), Yanacocha is amazing especially for all animal lovers, Tamandua shuar community was a great way to wind down and in the middle of the jungle, incredible, Quito, slightly more dangerous as it’s a big city but a great night life and cultural experiences all around. Galapagos. Wow, definitely if you have the chance get your ass there right now, what a time to be alive. If you want to see turtles as big as you this is where to go.”
Maeve, 2019

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • 24 hr staff support
Experience Tours
Region South America
Country Peru


At Gapforce, we are proud to offer unrivaled experience in structured gap year programs, volunteer projects and extreme expeditions. Founded in 1989, the Gapforce family takes great pride in organizing unique, exciting gap year and overseas volunteer projects that enable young people to become global citizens and make a real impact on the world.
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