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AU and University Honors | Study/Travel | Peru 2017

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On this trip, which takes place January 5-15, 2017, students will experience firsthand the complex culture of Peru that emerged from its pre-Columbian, colonial, and post-colonial history. Professor Anthony Quainton will lead the trip. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 1989 to 1992.

Guided by Ambassador Quainton, students will explore how Peru’s intersection of cultures affects politics, economic development, and the current government’s interest in promoting social inclusion. Participants will visit a variety of sites in and around Lima, Peru’s capital, and travel to the Highlands of Peru to experience the historical culture of the Incas—and the Spaniards who came after them.


The Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence in SIS and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, Ambassador Quainton has served as Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru. For more about Ambassador Quainton, click here.


Throughout the trip, you’ll meet Peruvian scholars—as well as American and Peruvian officials—who will brief you on the challenges that face Peru today. In Lima alone, you’ll …

  • Visit the Peruvian Foreign Ministry and the American Embassy for briefings on bilateral relations between Peru and the United States
  • Meet the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, led by Peruvian Economist Hernando de Soto Polar, including a briefing on work on the informal economy and how Peru can integrate it into the larger economy
  • Tour several of Lima’s magnificent museums and historical monuments

The trip includes four days in the Andes in Cuzco—the former Incan capital—as well as the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu.

Students will visit major archaeological sites, rural communities, and markets, see key Spanish colonial art and architecture, and get to know programs designed to help Lima’s street children and to promote artisanal development in highland communities.

Click here to learn more about the Study/Travel Program, including previous years’ trips.