Take a look at the evidence and it's easy to see why South America has captivated so many over the years - idyllic beaches, snow-drenched mountains and steamy rainforests, the lost majesty of Machu Picchu and the riddle of the Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert. There's just one catch: it's too-much massive with not enough time. If you're keen to go but don't know where to start, fear not. For we have the answer.
The Incas believed in three things: don't lie, don't steal, and don't be lazy. So prepare to cradle newborn baby turtles in the morning and white water raft down the Napo River in the afternoon. Bike to waterfalls, scale the Chimbazo volcano and come home to one of the last indigenous Tsa'chila tribes in the jungle.
If you're looking for a tour de force off the backpacker trail, then one of our excellent and varied gap year programs in South America is just the ticket.