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Department of Modern & Classical Languages

Explore Peru!


SPAN 4600: To the Lost city of Machu Picchu: Following the Inca Trail (3 credits)

SPAN 3070: Peru: A Kaleidoscopic Culture (3 credits)


Students will be introduced to the literature, the culture, and the history of Peru from pre-Hispanic time to the contemporary. Throughout the trip, students will attend academic lectures, engage with local scholars, and participate in relevant cultural activities, all conducted in Spanish. While the lectures will illustrate the influences and contributions of the Peruvian Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa and his works, students will learn about critical compression of Peruvian culture with artistic impression: ceramics, textiles, religious jewelry, architecture, dances, celebrations, music, painting, clothes, and imagery. For this purpose the course includes guided tours to the museums, convents, artisan workshops, public places, art galleries, and churches in the Sacred Valley. The course will finish with the classic four-day Inca Trail trek that starts in Cusco to Aguas Calientes passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the fourth day of the trek.

          Both courses in this intensive four-week program are taught in Spanish. For the first part of the program, students will live with a Peruvian family to experience linguistic and cultural immersion, expand their cross-cultural views and deepen their Spanish language skills.


Dates: July 11 – August 8

Cost: $2,400 ((includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner, in-country transportation, tours; does not include roundtrip airfare)

Contact: Conxita Domènech (

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