Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Cuzco, Peru
- Program Terms: Summer A-Term
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: CIEE
- Restrictions: UW applicants only
Discover a kaleidoscope of culture and history in this picturesque region of Peru. At slightly more than 11,000 feet, the Andean city of Cusco is situated on top of what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Live with a local host family; practice your Spanish as you prepare and share meals; shop at local markets; and mingle with Cusqueño people, most of whom are bilingual in Spanish and Quechua - the local indigenous language. It’s all part of the mix, or mestizaje, of Andean and Catholic traditions, and old and new — that makes this South American experience so unique.
the ancient city of Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu mountain.
ancient Incan technology and waterworks at the Inca citadel of Ollantaytambo.
hiking through the breathtaking Sacred Valley.
Cusco, known as the ombligo del mundo (the world’s belly button) by Peruvians, was the center of the Inca empire that lasted between c.1400 and 1534, and at its greatest moments, expanded from what today is known as Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. Modern day Cusco is colorful and lively, brimming with traditional Andean art and dance and live shows and street performances daily. Catering to an international audience (80% of tourists are foreign), a wide range of languages can be heard in the streets, including Quechua, the local indigenous language, which most Cusqueños speak in addition to Spanish. Walking down the street in the historic district, visitors can also appreciate the mestizaje (mixture) of the architecture, the massive foundations and gates of Inca palaces of the past, with colonial adobe walls and ceilings rising from their solid bases. It is no surprise that in 1983 the city of Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as nearby Machu Picchu, which was also named one of the seven wonders of the modern world in 2007.
Few sites elicit the wonder that Machu Picchu does. Students explore various historical interpretations and challenges faced by historians, and archeologists, to develop their own idea of the site's purpose.
Maras Salt Mines
The famous salt mines of Maras has approximately 3,000 salt pools at the base of Qaqawiñay mountain and supposedly, has been in operation since pre-Incan times.
Awanacancha Textile Market and Llama Farm
The Awanacancha Project offers students an unmatched tutorial in traditional textile weaving - from the dying of the yarn, to the intricate traditional Andean weaving techniques.
GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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