school of environmental studies

Perú Field Study

In the Footsteps of the Incas: Amazon to Andes


Quick Summary:

Students will have the opportunity to explore a small portion of Perú, an incredibly diverse country with a complex history. Students will travel in the footsteps of the Incas, spending time in both the Andes mountains and the Amazon River Basin. This field study occurs near the end of our first trimester.


Field Study Description:

This field study is an exploration of the major archaeological sites of the Incan Empire in Perú, culminating in two days exploring in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. It takes place during Trimester 1 Intensive Theme, in the middle of November. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the rise and fall of the Incan Empire from local guides and their own research. Most of our studies will take place in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, exploring some of the Incan temples, fortresses and communities that have been uncovered by archaeologists. We will also explore Cusco, the city considered by the Incas to be the “navel of the world. We also spend a few days and nights in the rainforest of the Amazon River, studying the culture and ecology of this amazing place. This field study provides great opportunities for SES students studying Spanish, but it is not necessary to know Spanish because we travel with a bilingual guide and many of the Peruvians we will meet speak English.


Learning Objectives:



Students who wish to participate in this field study should:


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