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Looking for a gap year in Peru? Excellent choice! Peru´s geography offers a wide variety of activities to do, and there’s no need to stay in the capital for too long – although Lima is a hubbub of activity that enthrals every new visitor with its unique vibe. Spread your wings though and see the country – there’s more to Peru than you might think…
As an Andean country Peru has over 20 peaks where local and foreign visitors enjoy the adventures of hiking at high altitudes. On the other hand, the country also has vast plains and pastures that go from huge desert-like locations to places with lots of vegetation and wildlife. In terms of cultural wealth, Peru is not only known by its unique Andean music and ancient Incan heritage, but also by its colonial architecture, archaeological sites and local delicacies (guinea pig, anyone?)
Most people know Peru for the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, but there are hundreds of other things to see and do in this beautiful country. For nature enthusiasts, visit the Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca (on the Bolivian border) and the Ballestas Islands, where you can appreciate the flora and fauna of the country. For those who prefer an adventure take a hike on the Colca Canyon, go sandboarding in Huacachina or surf in Mancora, among some of South America’s most exquisite waters.
Working in Peru
Peru has great job opportunities for visitors. With your tourist visa you can easily go from working at any position at hostels, such as bartender, receptionist and/or travel advisor; to a part-time English teacher at a school. Volunteering is also a hugely popular choice for backpackers, with schemes ranging from wildlife conservation to working with underprivileged children in the streets of Lima.
Have some spare time after your gap year in Peru? Head north to Ecuador by plane or car/bus. There you´ll be able to find a wide diversity of landscapes that include mountains, coasts, rainforests and the Galapagos Islands. Alternatively, take a trip to Brazil, Chile or Bolivia, each with their own unique charms. There’s a reason Peru is the most visited country by backpackers in South America though, so do you really want to leave quite yet?