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Summer Abroad Peru - On Site

Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture


You will stay in a nicely refurbished but simple house, Casa Campesina, which is part of Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas—or Centro Las Casas or CBC. Rooms are simple and basic and house 2students each. It will be cold at night but extra blankets and space heaters will be available. A pay phone and a computer are available in the reception area of Casa Campesina.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the Casa Campesina is included in the program fee. Most meals will have some meat.. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you should be prepared to spend extra money to purchase vegetarian meals from a nearby vegetarian restaurant

Excursions & Activities

For a syllabus/activities schedule, please visit the Courses section for this program. Past program activities have included

  • City Tour of Cuzco and visits
  • Visit to Inca ruins in vicinity of Cuzco
  • Tour of Machu Picchu museum by local expert
  • Corpus Christi and Inti Raymi festivals
  • Three-day trip to Machu Picchu
  • Day trip to Sacred Valley of the Inca
  • Lecture and musical performance by Q’eros people
  • Soccer game with CBC staff
  • Weekend walk to Sacsahuayman fortress
  • Day trip to Maras and Moray
  • Coca tea and class discussion
  • Tour photo studio of the wonderful Martín Chambi
  • Attend professional soccer game
  • Group dinner and visit to folkloric ballet
  • Day trip to Virgen del Carman festival

The program schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Get to Know Your Destination

Lonely Planet description of Cuzco:

The high-flying Andean city of Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in the Quechua language) is the uneasy bearer of many grand titles. It was once the foremost city of the Inca Empire, and is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Few travelers to Peru will skip visiting this premier South American destination, which is also the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

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