Peru is synonymous with ancient ruins, a rich culture of traditions, and mythical lands spanning from the deep Amazon, to the peaks of the Andes, to the Pacific Ocean. Yet Peru is so much more than its renowned Machu Picchu or lovable population of alpacas. Peru is melting pot where deep cultural tradition meets global influence that is reflected through its dynamic cuisine quickly transforming the country into a gastronomic dream destination. Peru evokes the imagination set amongst some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet bringing you closer to lost civilizations than any other country in South America.
3 places to visit in Peru
THE NAZCA LINES
Did you know?
There are over 3,000 different varieties of potato grown in Peru
Some of Cuzco’s main streets are designed to align with the stars at certain times of the years
Friends and family traditionally give each other gifts of yellow underpants on New Year’s Eve
By about 3,000 B.C., almost every weaving technique known today had been invented by the Peruvians
Peru’s tradition of surfing goes back 2,000 years
Peru has three official languages – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
Peruvian Culture and History Through Food
10-Day Faculty-Led Program in Lima and Cuzco, Peru
While Peru has always enjoyed a rich culinary history and ingredients unique to the region, Peruvian cuisine has recently burst onto the global stage with its abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highlands’ variety of potatoes, and the incredible seasonal fruits from the Amazon rainforest.
The World Tourism Organization Network recently awarded Peru the world's number one culinary destination. In 2016 Peru also won, for the fifth consecutive year, the tourism award for best food. Peru is quickly emerging as one of the world’s foodie hotspots, perfectly pairing traditional cuisine stemming from their Inca heritage with global influences from Spain, Africa, Japan, and Europe. Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents, making this country an ideal destination for gastronomic adventures in South America.
Students will learn the origins of the Peruvian influences as well as the impact Peruvian agriculture has had on the world's culinary stage. Students will visit both Lima and Cuzco where they will have the chance to sample a variety of culinary innovations.
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DAY 8: Machu Picchu
Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and tour the lost city of the Incas hidden high in the Andes surrounded by lush forest. Take in the amazing views and walk through the ruins of over 200 Inca buildings, houses, and temples.
DAY 7: Cuzco
Andean Cooking Class: Thanks to Cuzco's location at the eastern edge of the Andes, there is an abundance of locally grown avocados, potatoes, quinoa, hot chili, and more. Students will become acquainted with Andean ingredients and learn to prepare some classic Peruvian dishes with a passionate local chef.
DAY 3: Lima
See the best of what Lima has to offer on a walking food tour through the city. From beachfront cocktails at sunset, to gourmet Amazonian dishes and a secret jungle cooking lesson, see the sights and taste the flavors of Peru’s history and culture through its cuisine.
A 12-Day Faculty-Led Program in Cuzco, Peru
Tourism is at the heart of Peru’s economy, students will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at internationally controlled ecotourism along the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu and compare it to the unrestrained development of Aguas Calientes. While visiting some of Peru’s most cherished historical sites, examine the effects of tourism on the indigenous communities of Peru.
Learn about Peru’s macroeconomic policies and development projects and their impact on the environment and indigenous communities through visits to government agencies, international development agencies, and banks. Compare the economic policies of today to the unique economic system of the Incan civilization and the implications of the Conquistadors’ search for gold in Cusco.
The Destruction of Machu Picchu
Peru and the Effect of the Tourism Boom
A 14-Day Faculty-Led Program in Cuzco, Peru
The Inca, the architects of the iconic Machu Picchu and the lost city which lies in its shadow, were the largest empire in pre-Columbian America and perhaps the world. Modern-day Cuzco was the capital of the then Incan Empire. The Incan civilization's stonework, calendar conceptions, and medicine were far beyond their time, and, in many ways, particularly with stonework, rival modern-day capabilities. The official language of the empire was Quechua, which is still one of the three official languages of Peru. The Incas were and still are a powerful influence in Peru. The result is a fascinating hybrid culture.
In this program students will study both the ancient ruins from the height of the empire as well as the lasting effects the empire has today culturally and linguistically. While they may no longer have a physical empire the Inca, to this day, are an important part of Peru.
The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire
A Lasting Impression