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Today, people visit historical sites like Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city, its surrounding area in the Andes mountains, the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and the lively city of Cusco to get a sense of these ancient cultures. As a volunteer in South America, you'll also experience the friendliness of the locals in Peru and find many opportunities for lovers of the outdoors - such as rafting, hiking and mountain biking.
From tiny hummingbirds to spectacled bears, monkeys, and the marine wildlife like giant tortoises and sea lions around the Galapagos Islands, a great variety of species lives in the tropical country. The reason for Ecuador's diversity in flora and fauna lies in its big range of different habitats. The cold Andes, rain forests and coastal regions attract different animals and also many travelers and nature lovers per year.
But what's also interesting to know is that Argentina is a high-income economy and the third largest one in Latin America. While there have been ups and downs in the economy and the economic growth, Argentina maintains a relatively high quality of life.
But the access to good quality medical treatment is not guaranteed everywhere. The more remote the area, the harder it gets. This is why Argentina is a great destination for medicine students who'd like to gain experience in a different work environment and help in the country's remote areas as a volunteer in health care.
But still, Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee worldwide and the Colombian coffee is often said to be some of the highest quality coffee you can find. Needless to say, coffee has been Colombia's main export crop for a long time and secures many famers' income, whether they own a big coffee farm or a small family business.