Arequipa, Cusco, & Lima
DATES : May 27 – June 24, 2015
Total Program Fee: $4,700
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Students interested in this program may qualify for the federally funded Gilman Program. Click here for details.
Peru, located in western South America, is a geographically and ethnically diverse country full of history and culture. Spanish is the official language of Peru, along with the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara. During this four week program, students will first experience the colonial beauty of Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru. There we will be greeted by several majestic volcanoes with white snowy peaks and the western Andes. Both provide a stunning back drop to a city full of mansions, museums and monasteries - most of which are made of white volcanic stone which glistens under the sunny and brilliantly blue sky of southern Peru.
Following our visit to the south, we will travel higher into the Andes Mountains to visit the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and the monumental site of the ruins at Machu Picchu. Known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the sacred "City of the Incas" will be even more impressive than you can imagine. Our final stop will be to experience the complex diversity of metropolitan Lima, the culinary capital of South America. During the program, students will have opportunities to interact with the local people, experience Peruvian hospitality and see a way of life very different from that in the US.
Students who study abroad in the TnCIS Peru program will have the opportunity to study English composition, human geography, statistics, physics or be immersed in Spanish language courses. All courses will include Peruvian topics related to their academic field. Life in the city, sierra, valleys and beaches of Peru will be an eye-opening experience for all participants.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least two to three miles each day. The Arequipa and Cusco portions of the program will be in high altitude (at times 12,000 feet above sea level). Students will need to be prepared for altitude acclimatization and take necessary steps to hydrate and rest properly during this portion of the trip. As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, students will also need to be prepared for winter temperatures that may be near freezing, especially in high altitude locations at night. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.
Excursions may include: The program will take advantage of opportunities to visit museums, historic homes and rural villages in and around Arequipa. In Cusco, we may visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Qoricancha, and the city center which is often bustling with parades and religious festivals during the month of June. An overnight excursion may take us to Aguascalientes, the tourist town at the foot of Machu Picchu. This excursion begins with a fantastic backpacker journey by train, which is a surprising highlight of the tour, and offers with picturesque vistas seen through large panoramic windows on the roof of our train car.
The final week will be spent in Lima, in the Miraflores district. Known as the trendy, modern tourist area of Lima, we will be within walking distance of the Larcomar entertainment complex built into the cliffs near the ocean. Multiple shops, restaurants, parks and public transportation are readily accessible in the vicinity. We may also take a group tour of the "Centro de Lima" to visit the National Palace, Cathedral and multiple plazas to explore in the historic city center.
Classes: Classrooms will be provided within the student accommodations and onsite during excursions. Schedules will be arranged by individual instructors.
Accommodations: Housing will be in tourist quality hotels in Arequipa, Cusco, and Lima with 2 - 4 students in a shared room by gender. Breakfast and either lunch or dinner will be provided daily.
Dietary Note: Given the structure of the program and the resources available in some locations, the program may not be able to accommodate students with specific dietary preferences. If you have dietary concerns, please contact TnCIS.