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AU and University Honors | Study/Travel | Peru 2014

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On this trip, offered in January 2014, students experienced firsthand the complex culture of Peru that’s emerged from its pre-Columbian, colonial, and post-colonial history. Professor Anthony Quainton led the trip. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 1989 to 1992.

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

Ambassador Quainton led the trip in conjunction with the course he’s teaching this fall: “Peru: Where Two Worlds Meet.”


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…

  • Visiting the Peruvian Foreign Ministry and the American Embassy for briefings on bilateral relations between Peru and the United States
  • Touring 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
  • Touring several of Lima’s magnificent museums and historical monuments

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

Students visited major archaeological sites, rural communities, and markets, saw key Spanish colonial art and architecture, and got 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.