The May 2017 study abroad trip to Peru is a unique opportunity to combine cultural immersion with service. The trip begins with tours of the Peruvian capitol, Lima. We will take a walking tour of Lima, see the Government Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. Our day in Lima will finish at the Larco Herrera Museum, which has an extensive archaeological collection of pre-Columbian artifacts and art and is one of the few museums around the world that allows visitors to tour their storerooms. Next, we fly to Cuzco, the ancient capitol of the Incan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will tour the old city of Cuzco and take in the Pisac Indian Market and a pottery demonstration at the Seminario Studio. Our base in Cuzco allows us to easily tour various nearby Incan sites, including Ollantyambo and Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Our trip would be incomplete without a visit to Machu Picchu! We will take a train to Machu Picchu for a day’s guided excursion and hiking.
From Cuzco, we travel to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is one of the deepest, navigable lakes at a high altitude in the world. Its shores are still home to peoples whose heritage predates the Incan Empire! We will take a boat ride to the Uros Floating Islands and go on a kayaking expedition.
While on the shores of Lake Titicaca, we will participate in a community development service project. The service opportunity is a result of a longstanding partnership between the local community and our tour provider. The details of the service project will be determined closer to our travel dates but will be focused on sustainable community development. In the evenings, we will have discussions about the work being done and how it ties in to global issues. At the end of our trip, we head back to Lima for our flight home. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to explore modern Peru, see Incan remnants, and contribute to the community around Lake Titicaca!
Travel Dates: May 18-30, 2017
For more information or to sign up for the trip, visit the tour website.
—Rita Sirrieh, Ph. D.
The Honors College