Peru

Sacred Mountains (4-Week)

A 4-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
30 Days
Description

Celebrate Peru’s unbelievable diversity: motor into the Amazon River Basin in a dugout canoe, live with Quechua families in the heart of the Andes, and visit the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28, 2017


Suggested Ages

15-17

Number of Participants

12


Availability

one space

Begins In

14 Weeks

Land Cost

$7,230


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,405

Huaraz

Chiquián

Lima

Satipo

Cusco

Puerto Maldonado

Program Overview

Peru, ancient seat of the Inca, once the greatest civilization in South America...


is a land of towering peaks and steamy jungles, of modern urban centers and hidden villages. The radical juxtapositions in landscape and culture of this majestic country are reflected in the striking socio-economic disparities that pervade society. Dragons’ Peru summer abroad program offers students the opportunity to dig into critical development issues by living with families in remote indigenous communities and exploring seldom-visited regions of the sacred Andes Mountains and lush Amazonian forests.

Our journey begins with a short flight into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. A small boat takes us up the Madre de Dios River, where we learn about forest ecology while listening to a symphony of tropical birds and jungle calls. We meet with local elders who share their hopes and fears about regional development initiatives.

Closing out our time in the Amazon, we travel overland to Cusco, the enchanting city of the Inca and capital of the Spanish empire. From Cusco we will…

is a land of towering peaks and steamy jungles, of modern urban centers and hidden villages. The radical juxtapositions in landscape and culture of this majestic country are reflected in the striking socio-economic disparities that pervade society. Dragons’ Peru summer abroad program offers students the opportunity to dig into critical development issues by living with families in remote indigenous communities and exploring seldom-visited regions of the sacred Andes Mountains and lush Amazonian forests.

Our journey begins with a short flight into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. A small boat takes us up the Madre de Dios River, where we learn about forest ecology while listening to a symphony of tropical birds and jungle calls. We meet with local elders who share their hopes and fears about regional development initiatives.

Closing out our time in the Amazon, we travel overland to Cusco, the enchanting city of the Inca and capital of the Spanish empire. From Cusco we will journey into the Vilcabamba Mountains and begin our trek to Machu Picchu. In addition to our visit to Machu Picchu we learn about the rise and fall of the Incan Empire, the ups and downs of regional tourism, and the depths of Andean cosmology. During a four-night home-stay in the Parque de la Papa we harvest potatoes, herd and milk livestock, participate in a community service project, and join our home-stay families as they prepare traditional meals.

The next leg of our journey takes us to the base of Apu Ausangante – one of the most honored mountain gods of the Incas. During an unforgettable week-long trek into the high Andes, local guides share with us their belief-systems and profound spiritual connection to the mountain landscape. Our journey then takes us farther afield, to the remote Quechua villages of Nación Q’eros, a mystical region tucked away in the folds of time. Living with local families that trace their lineage directly back to the Inca, we fall into the gentle routine of rural life in these sacred mountains, learning about threats to traditional livelihoods and celebrating the beauty and resilience of Quechua culture.

Dragons’ Peru summer abroad course is rugged and challenging. It is ideal for students who want to develop wilderness and leadership skills while engaging in hands-on service and an inspection of the critical development issues facing Latin America. Expect to live closely with remote indigenous communities and trek through awe-inspiring terrain as you discover profound new relationships with yourself and the world around you.

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Program Components

1/5
Comparative Religion

Gain insight into Andean cosmovision and indigenous worldview, and explore the syncretism between Catholic and pre-colonial belief systems.

1/5
Development Studies

Examine the ethics of ecotourism, cultural and environmental preservation, community development, indigenous rights and representation, and natural resource issues.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Explore Andean cultural history and community-based development, the coca leaf, conservation issues, traditional Andean agriculture, the rise and fall of the Incan empire, and the colonial legacy in Peru.

3/5
Home Stay

Participate in two rural homestays: one in a highland Quechua community, and another in a small Amazonian village.

1/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Delve into an independent study topic of your choice, with possibilities including Andean music and folkloric traditions, weaving and textiles, agricultural practices, indigenous politics, medicinal plants, and Peruvian cooking.

2/5
Language Study

Study Spanish with Dragons instructors and through daily cultural immersion, in addition to exposure to Quechua, the language of the Incas.

1/5
Learning Service

Engage in community-based service initiatives, likely focused on education and health in rural villages. Approximately 10 hours of service credit earned.

3/5
Rugged Travel

Travel through the Peruvian Andes and Amazon by bus, truck, canoe, and foot. Explore dramatic settings through hiking, camping, and rural village stays.

3/5
Trekking

Take on two high-altitude treks in the Peruvian Andes, including a five-day circular trek around the base of Mt. Ausangate.

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