Iconic cities, world famous beaches, ancient mystical cultures, friendly locals and a dash of red hot passion ” that´s Latin America! When we close our eyes and think of this vast land we see intriguing jungle, rainforests teaming with wildlife, the sweeping beaches (and beautiful bods!) of Rio, the mesmerizing tango of Argentina and unique sight of Machu Picchu. There is definitely something magical about Latin America, it evokes excitement, intrigue and if we´re totally honest, it gets our nerves tingling! White knuckle roads, dizzying heights of altitude, dangerous wildlife and heart-stopping activities are all in abundance, but there is also the fascinating cultural side, with unusual customs, even more unusual food and people who never stop smiling.
We have a multitude of trips available that will suit all kinds of interests, whether that is learning a new language, trekking the Inca Trail, scaring yourself silly with ´Death Road´ bike rides or marveling at the unique wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.
You can even give the bronzed and totally ripped Brazilians a run for their Reals by learning Jiu-Jitsu or boxing. If you prefer a more laid-back activity then jump on a surf board and master the waves or get up close and personal with the wildlife in Ecuador.
There really are far too many Latin American experiences to mention in a few words. We can´t do it justice. But rest assured that this continent does not disappoint. Just take a look at our Xtreme Gap itineraries and blogs to get a taste of what´s in store. The worst thing about this place is that you won´t want to go home!
Xtreme Gapper Tom Travels – South America
Spend 7 days in Rio de Janeiro with on the Rio Party week and check out what the city has to offer. Xtreme Gap Year's exciting party week in Rio de Janeiro Brazil: This marvellous city is one of the best places to visit in South America, and we will show you it in its full glory over an 7-day period
Xtreme South America ExperienceUSD 3249
Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us on the 4 week Xtreme South America. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary.
South America XplorerUSD 4549
Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America and eight glorious weeks. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. 90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.
Rio Carnival ExperienceUSD 1699
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to a party on the street with 1 million other people? Would you like to experience the biggest, craziest and most colorful event on the planet? Then you need to get yourself to Rio for the biggest, most bucket-list worthy event of the year; Carnival!
Spend two days in Rio de Janeiro with Xtreme Gap Year and check out what the city has to offer. This marvellous city is one of the best places to visit in South America, and we will show you it in its full glory over a two-day period. A favela tour and Rio de Janeiro city tour is included as well as airport pick up from two nights hostel accommodation. The perfect way to finish all start your South America trip and a great stopover in Rio de Janeiro.
Complete Peru and Bolivia Travel Pass Experience Peru and Bolivia with all the wondrous adventure travel that comes with these two epic backpacker destinations. In Peru go condor spotting in the Colca Canyon, see thousands of seabirds off the Ballestas Islands and as a contrast travel through the lush agricultural region of Sacred Valley. Trek the Inca Trail on an optional excursion. Then onto Bolivia, for Lake Titicaca and the unreal salt flats at Salar de Uyuni.
Superbly comprehensive South American backpacking itinerary starting in Quito Ecuador. From the equator to the Amazon jungle, taking on the Inca Trail and lost cities of the Incas you travel through Peru. Then onto Bolivia! Salt flats and cycling the death road (optional) before heading through the Atacama dessert, along the Pacific Ocean Road to Santiago [...]
Surfing and Spanish is a wicked combination if you are heading out on a South America Gap Year. No boring classrooms, but learning Spanish on the beach. You will be staying in Montanita, a funky beach town and the capital of surfing in Ecuador. You become a great surfer as you will be taught by worlds best competitive surfing champions. No surf experience is needed.
Lima Surf ConneXionUSD 239
A fun arrival pack in Peru with a difference, you get to hang out with our English-speaking surfer dude guides and see Perus capital city through the eyes of the local. Normal run-of-the-mill city tours this is not, this is about discovering the exciting underbelly of Lima and definitely not following the usual tourist trail. Choose two out of four day trips, take a surflessons and enjoy a friendly warm welcome with a homestay on your first night, with airport pickup included.
Our uber popular backpacker travel pass. This pass provides full transport starting in Lima through The best parts of Peru. Perfect if you are short on time and want to see the best the Peru has to offer. Easy to bolt on the Inca Trail as well.
Backpacking South AmericaUSD 3999
Superb South America backpacking itinerary starting in Lima. Taking on the Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia before heading north to Ecuador. All transport and plenty of activities included on this flexible adventure. Epic scenery, culture and adventure on one of the worlds most sort after backpacker routes.
Cycle the infamous death road, explore the worlds highest city La Paz and check out the surreal, mirror like salt flats of Salar de Uyuni by jeep. Check out geysers, hot pools and vast desert landscapes. Bolivia is the Xtreme Teams favourite country in South America, you do not want to miss out. The time to visit is now because the vast majority of the world's lithium reserves have been discovered under the lakes. They won't be there for long.
Visit cloud forests, coastal mountains, mangroves and beaches. Help protect the Amazon rainforests with reforestation projects and interact with the local Indian communities. It is all about getting back to nature with exposure to a huge range of Flora, reptiles, birds and mammals on four different diverse nature reserves. If you want the ultimate biological conservation project and want to spend your gap year giving plenty back to mother nature then this trip is for you!
Buenos Aires to Rio Travel Pass All you need to travel between two of South America's most exciting cities: Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and covering a lot of exciting locations between. It's a fair distance, and if you speak little Spanish or Portuguese it takes a lot of the hassle out of finding your way on this ultra-popular South America backpacking route.
Ecuador to Peru Travel PassUSD 1069
Ecuador to Peru Travel Pass All you need to travel between two of South America's most popular counties, Travel from Quito in Ecuador to Lima in Peru stopping off at lots of exciting places on the way. Why not extend this trip by adding on one or more of our other exciting South America programmes. Choose from Spanish and Surf in Ecuador, Trek the Inca Trail or one of the other choices and make your gap year experience one to remember.
Ultimate Fighter, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training in Rio Living in Rio De Janeiro and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate martial arts experience. Rio is famous for delivering the best instruction delivered by world class athletes. The training can be tough, eye opening and seriously rewarding with some incredible down time on some of the worlds best beaches.
Ecuador Adrenaline OverloadUSD 919
Get ready to hit Ecuador with a vengeance. White water raft along a thundering river in the Andes, explore the Avenue of the Volcanoes on horse back and get a dose of culture in the historic Quito. Action, adventure and an impressive start to any South American trip. Seven days of adrenaline!
Our Learn Spanish Programme takes you to South America and the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. This is not the kind of holiday where you return to a lonely bedroom after class and a solitary meal in the hotel dining room. Xtreme Gap students benefit from cultural integration by either living with a local family or sharing student accommodation. Work hard and play hard is a good rule, but donâ€™t miss your class the next day!
Trek The Inca TrailUSD 1299
Trek the Inca Trail Trekking the Inca Trail is the ultimate backpacking rite of passage. An unreal journey that takes you 4 days to complete, trekking high up in the Andes in search of the lost city of Machu Picchu. Not for the faint hearted, this trail leads you through steep mountain passes, with dramatic scenery culminating in a magnificent view of the Incan Citadel, through the infamous Sun Gate.
This is the perfect pass if you want to travel through Peru seeing some of the major highlights of South America, including stopping off in Cuzco, the Gateway to the Inca Trail. The pass then ends in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia and the world's highest city. Plenty of inclusions like the Colca Canyon, for condor spotting, the Ballestas Islands and the Sacred Valley. High Andean peaks, ruined Incan citadels and a well trodden backpacker trail. South America at its best.
The ultimate conservation experience in the worlds most diverse and naturally rich islands. The Galapagos. Spend up to a month here volunteering on a research project. This program offers a broad and balanced introduction to the forestry conservation projects currently underway on the Galapagos, and will put volunteers right in the thick of it, with hands-on responsibilities, at a central location on San Cristobal.