Gap Year in Peru
The lost city of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca Lines, the colors of Rainbow Mountains, the dense Amazon forests and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca - Peru undoubtedly is one of the greatest adventure travel destinations of the world, welcoming people from all across the world. Being a developing country, Peru is an extremely affordable destination for solo travelers, backpackers and gap year students. Travel to this South American country with the aim of giving something back to the society, apart from just exploring the lanes of history.
Go Discover Abroad is here to offer you a unique platform where you can collaborate with other like-minded people from different parts of the world and do something meaningful for the Peruvian communities. Along with that, delve into the pool of adventure that's there in store for you. Witness the magnificent city while hiking on the Inca trail and explore the other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Brush up your Spanish language skills, navigate through the Amazon basin, feel the chills of the Andes and gorge on some delicious ceviche while in Peru!
Gap Year in Peru
When it comes to exploring South America, a Peruvian odyssey is definitely in order. And what better time than your gap year to embark on an extensive adventure through amazing nation. Peru is all things ancient what with its heavily popular Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the inexplicable geoglyphs of Nazca or even the dusted remnants of Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian ruins in all of Americas. A gap year trip in Peru means whole lotta history and uncovering ancient mysteries. The exciting Inca Trail leading all the way up to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu makes it one of the most famous backpacking destinations in the world. That added with some off the beaten path adventures and whole lotta Pisco Sour and Ceviche ought to make your gap year journey extraordinary.
Volunteering in Peru
Getting involved in a volunteering project while traveling is the best way you can give back to the country that you’re traveling in. Imagine, just a few hours of volunteering in a week or two can bring smiles and positive impact in the lives of a few underprivileged kids. How’s that for an experience in Peru to remember? Join a volunteering teaching program and help bring a positive change in the lives of underprivileged kids or volunteer at a local daycare centre and make your day all about the wellness and smiles of a few little bundles of joy! And no matter if you’re taking up volunteering in Peru on your gap year or on a short spring break trip, it’s sure to give your resume a strong boost!
Tours in Peru
From exploring indigenous cultures to tracing history all the way back to 5000 years, traveling in Peru means a perfect combination of history, mystery, chills, thrills and of course boatload of amazing delicacies! Do you have a time crunch or are you traveling on a budget? If so, exploring all of Peru might seem like an impossible feat, but not if we can do something about it. Our tours are all about bringing the best of Peru to you on a shoestring budget with flexible itineraries and all the must experience highlights of the country. Walk the Nazca lines, hover on air in the floating islands of Uros, explore the oasis town of Ica or cross the border into Bolivia through Lake Titicaca-- your journey in Peru is certainly going to be one for the books!
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.