Gap Year in Peru

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Thinking of spending your gap year in Peru, exploring the lost trails of the Incas? Well, what can be better than backpacking across this Latin American country, soaking in the authentic cultural vibes, hiking along Machu Picchu, exploring the mysterious Nazca Lines, gazing at the colors of Rainbow Mountains, walking through the dense Amazon forests and more! You can also collaborate with other like-minded people from different parts of the world and volunteer for something meaningful for the Peruvian communities. Go Discover Abroad will ensure that you can experience a fun-filled and adventurous tour in Peru and turn your gap year journey into one of the most memorable chapters of your life.

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General Questions

If you are traveling to Peru, you need to apply for a Visa at the nearest Peruvian High Commission in your city. Along with the Visa application, you need to attach the required supporting documents. We shall provide you the necessary documents if required. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
 

Peru attracts travelers from different parts of the world and is generally safe. You'll find several solo travelers, roaming around the city of Cusco or hiking up in Machu Picchu. We shall provide you accommodation in safe areas so you need not worry about it. We'll also have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. 
 

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Peru, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Diarrhoea, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
 

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $70 - $80 per week.
 

The Peruvian winter (May - September) is the best time to travel and explore this country. Don't forget to pack your warm clothes. if you have plans to go for trekking, you need to carry a jacket to save yourself from the Andean winds. The summer (December – March) is the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers. So make sure you have your raincoat in case you are traveling during this time.  It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Peru.
 

The official language of Peru is Spanish, but a huge population also speaks in native language Quechua and Aymara. Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given a basic Spanish lesson during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!
 

Peru is a multicultural country and thus has many festivals that keeps taking place throughout the year, in some part of the country or the other. The main festivals are Fiesta de la Cruz, Inti Raymi (Cusco), Virgen de la Candelaria (Puno). Easter and Christmas are also celebrated uniquely in Peru. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.