Adventure and education collide during our 80 day South American journey through the lush jungles, dizzying heights and breathtaking coastlines in Ecuador, Peru, and Patagonia.

Adventure and education collide during our journey through the lush jungles, snow-capped peaks, and enchanting sites of Ecuador, Peru, and Patagonia. Our South America gap year program takes advantage of our nearly 20-year history of exploration in the region and opens doors unimagined by the casual traveler. Navigating Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by canoe, we partner with a local politician to explore the effects that petroleum drilling and gold mining are having on the environment and indigenous communities. Treading in the footsteps of the Inca, we gain insight into an ancient culture as we explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Embarking on a multi-day rafting trip down the famed Futaleufu River, we experience some of Patagonia’s most exhilarating rapids. Settling into a homestay on a traditional estancia, we immerse ourselves in the Chilean gaucho way of life. Exploring the effects of climate change on the melting glaciers in Patagonia and researching the contentious debate surrounding proposed hydroelectric dams of the region’s waterways, we understand the complex conservation issues facing Patagonia. Embarking on a five-day trek amidst the towering peaks and glacial lakes of the famous Torres del Paine National Park, we are awed by the beauty of Patagonia’s natural landscape. The abundance of life around us underscores the rich and unforgettable experiences of this South America semester.

Program Highlights

Delve into the Spanish Language and South America Culture during a Homestay in the Ecuadorian Andes

Explore the Effects Petroleum Drilling and Gold Mining are having on the Amazon and Its People Participate in a Llama Conservation and Village Education Project in the Sacred Valley of Peru

Walk in the Footsteps of the Incas and Explore the Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu Discover the Uros Floating Islands and Experience Traditional Life During a Homestay on the Shores of Lake Titicaca

Volunteer on the Grounds of Parque Patagonia, Chile’s Newest National Park

Trek in the Shadows of the Towering Peaks and Glaciers of Torres del Paine

Learn the Gaucho Way of Life During a Homestay on a Chilean Estancia Whitewater Raft the Turquoise Waters of the World-Renowned Futaleufu River

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