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Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

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.

Program Contacts

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.

What Students Are Saying

  • "You learn so much, not just from the course or the professor, but from the locals in Cuzco, and especially the amazing, diverse set of classmates you’ll have. Coming here has been one of my favorite experiences; everywhere we’ve gone has been stunning."
  • "Into the Andes was a once in a lifetime experience… Peru is a beautiful and rich country, and study abroad allowed me to explore and learn about a great country with a unique history." 
  • "Into the Andes made it easy to forget I was in school. It was a complete cultural and personal learning experience—one I will never forget. I saw myself climb mountains and tackle fears all while experiencing the beauty of the region and the people around me."

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