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Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

Cuzco, Peru

Arrive Date:  June 21, 2020    End Date:  July 19, 2020

Program Overview

Based in Cuzco, Peru, this interdisciplinary program explores the environmental history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complemented by frequent field trips, including overnight visits to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Housing with a local NGO, immersive cultural experiences, and lectures by leading specialists will shed light on the changing relationship between people and nature in the Andes. How did the Inca harness the Andean environment to rule the greatest empire in the world by 1492? How did the Atlantic exchange of peoples, plants, animals, and disease unleashed by the Spanish conquest alter life in the Andes? What can Andean societies teach us about global climate change today? Optional Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program CoordinatorErin Schlemmer


History (HIS) 162History of the Andean Region (4 units)


History (HIS) 103Topics in Historical Research (4 units). Available only for students who have already taken HIS 162.


History (HIS) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights

  • Explore the historic region of Cuzco on one of the most affordable summer abroad programs.
  • Embark by train for a three-day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the “seven wonders of the world.” 
  • Visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

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