12 Great Free Time Activities Around the World

The ruins of Machu Picchu can be visited on a day trip if you do not have the energy for trekking

12 Great Free Time Activities Around the World!

Your volunteering project for the week is all wrapped up – now it’s time for some R and R! Getting out and about is a great way to learn about your new home country so to get you started, we’ve done a round up of our favourite free time activities!


Machu Picchu, Peru 

No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to the mysterious Incan city in the clouds! Situated 7,000 feet above sea level on a small hilltop near The Andes, the 15th century dry-stone walls were first discovered in 1911. Archaeologists think that it was a community for around 1200 people. Machu Picchu also is featured prominently in the 2004 film, The Motorcycle Diaries, a biopic based on the 1952 youthful travel memoir of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Speak to your co-ordinator for more details on how to book a trek after arrival. Cost £180 – £250 if booked locally by your volunteer coordinator!

But here’s something not everyone knows….you do not need to trek to the ruins to visit them. Most visitors will take an overnight trip to Aguas Calientes, the little town at the foot of the peak then visit the next day, taking the tourist shuttle bus to the entrance.


Nearly every volunteer visits Chichen Itza at some point during their stay in Merida.

Nearly every volunteer visits Chichen Itza at some point during their stay in Merida.

Chichen Itza, Merida Mexico

Merida is well-known for its archaeological sites and Chichen Itza is the most popular!  Easily reached on a day’s visit, you’ll get the chance to climb the Chichen Itza ruins, built by the Maya civilization. Open 365 days of the year between 9am and 5pm, Chichen Itza is easily reached from Merida by public bus for around 70 Pesos one way (£3) plus 111 Pesos to enter the site (approx £5). If you’d like to arrange an escorted tour, allow £25 – £30 for the day.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Situated in the north-east tip of Argentina, on the border with Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are among the world’s most spectacular waterfalls! The name comes from two local words meaning “big” and “water” and the site consists of 275 separate falls along 1.7 miles of river. Pay a visit and follow the board-walks, walkways and nature trails offering breathtaking views of the falls! Iguazu Falls are easily reached by  coach from Buenos Aires, for around £60 return.


The Iguassu Falls, a hidden gem in the heart of South America


Safari, Kenya

As a volunteer with the Masai, you’re already staying in one of the most stunning areas for wildlife in the world! Visit the Masai Mara National Park to experience dramatic river crossings during the wildebeest migration and see lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and gazelles in their natural habitat! A 3 day safari trip costs around £250 and at least 8 out of 10 of our volunteers take this once in a lifetime trip!



Desert camel ride in Morocco

Camel Rides are probably the number one excursion for our volunteers in Morocco! You’ll enjoy a leisurely guided afternoon camel ride over the shifting sands of the Sahara and spend the night in a traditional Bedouin tent amongst the dunes! This is a wonderful way to introduce you to a more traditional Morocco as camels were used to carry people far and wide throughout North Africa before the car was invented! Allow around £70 for your overnight trip from Marrakesh – ask our coordinator on arrival how to book and the meeting point.

Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

Some of our volunteers are lucky enough to take a trek through the Ugandan forests to witness the famous gorillas in the mist. It’s truly an amazing and unforgettable experience!  Having the chance to get so close to such beautiful creatures is a rare and exceptional opportunity.  You will need to arrange and pay for a permit in advance of your trip so allow £500 – £600 for this with two sharing. Contact us when you book your volunteer place for more information. Too much? There are a few other animals to track in Uganda not to worry. Get in touch with us to find out more.

Kakum Canopy Walk, Ghana

Kakum National Park is located on the coast of Ghana, covering an area of around 375 square kilometres (145 square miles) with tropical rainforest. It’s home to endangered species of Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant.  In the Kakum Canopy Walkway, 1,000 feet of swinging bridge and six tree-trunk-perched platforms provide an amazing tour of the forest canopy!

The Beaches, Mombasa

Kenya is a stunning country on the east coast of Africa, attracting tourists from all over the world. For any volunteer, the beaches will be the most popular (and cheap) activities!  Enjoy a dip in the beautiful Indian Ocean and you can also try snorkelling at one of the reefs for just £30! The best beaches to the north of Mombasa are Nyali and Bamburi and also Diani to the south.


Kilimanjaro lies on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania

The highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m! Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty plains and huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit. Reach the top and reward yourself with breathtaking and unrivalled views! Let us know before travel  to Kenya or Tanzania so your coordinator can help organise this trip of a lifetime for you – allow £800 – £1000 per person.


Elephant ride in Chitwan National Park, Nepal

An organised tour into Chitwan National Park is an essential excursion for anyone visiting Nepal.
Situated in the southernmost region of Nepal, in a subtropical zone bordering India, it boasts 544 species of birds and 68 species of mammals. It is especially renowned for its rhinos, Bengal tigers and crocodiles. A 3-day programme is available which includes elephant ride, canoe trip, Tharu tribe dance, jungle walk and elephant baby centre. Speak to your coordinator on arrival about organising a group visit – expect to pay £100 per person.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia (featured in Tomb Raider!)

Angkor Wat is probably the most famous temple complex in Asia! First Hindu, then Buddhist, the temple an example of the high classical style of Khymer architecture. Built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it’s become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag and is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.  Speak to your volunteer coordinator a day before you go and allow a long weekend. Buses leave the project base at 6am and cost around $10 US Dollars.

Phi Phi Islands – Thailand

The most popular tourist destinations in Thailand are the beaches – and the Phi Phi Islands are no exception! Located between the large island of Phuket and the western Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland, Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh are the largest and most popular islands for visitors.  If you’ve seen the film ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, you’re sure to recognise the stunning island of Ko Phi Phi Leh!  Why not enjoy your free time diving, snorkelling or kayaking? Travel to the islands by boat from Phuket for around 600 baht (£12) one-way/1,000 baht (£20) round trip  Ask your co-ordinator for details!

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