University Honors Program | Study/Travel | Peru 2014

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On this trip, you’ll experience firsthand the complex culture of Peru that’s emerged from its pre-Columbian, colonial, and post-colonial history. Leading the trip will be Professor Anthony Quainton, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 1989 to 1992.

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

Ambassador Quainton will lead the trip in conjunction with the course he’s teaching this fall: “Peru: Where Two Worlds Meet.” Students taking this course will have priority in registering for the trip, and when the priority registration period concludes, the trip will open to all Honors students.

The travel dates are January 2-12, 2014. Registration for the trip is now closed. For up-to-date information on our Study/Travel destination, visit the CIA World Factbook’s Peru page.


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
  • The Institute for Liberty and Democracy, led by Peruvian Economist Hernando de Soto Polar, for a briefing on work on the informal economy and how Peru can integrate it into the larger economy
  • Several of Lima’s magnificent museums and historical monuments

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

You’ll 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.


You can choose to take this trip for course credit by writing, after returning to Washington, D.C., a 10-15 page paper about the current challenges facing Peru. For more information about earning credit for the trip, email


Please don't hesitate to ask. Email us at, call us at 202-885-6194, or drop by the Honors Center on the first floor of Hughes Hall.

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