Faculty: Paul Chamberlain and Jiroo Kuroda
Class meeting time: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Trip Dates: May 1st through May 22nd, 2022

The view of the 2 people in front of a rock


This Junior’s Abroad trip is built around the natural and cultural diversity of Peru. This spectacular diversity encompasses the alpine forests of the Andes, the Amazonian rainforest, Lake Titicaca (the world’s highest fresh water lake), and the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

Students will also learn about and experience the cultural diversity of this region, a diversity that encompasses both the past and the present. Our journey will put us in touch with the Pre-Columbian Incan cultures as well as the modern, indigenous groups and dominant Spanish culture. Our interactions with the various cultures will include the highland villages of the Andes as well as the villages along the Amazon River. While visiting Cusco, we will experience Machu Picchu, one of the Wonders of the World. Along the way we will have the opportunity to interact with the local people.

We begin our trip in Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon and jungle lodges. Here we will take a
boat up the Amazon to a remote lodge where we will take a canoe ride and hike through the
jungle, hopefully spotting monkeys, caimans, turtles, herons, pink river dolphins, snakes, and
many other species of flora/fauna along the riverbank. If conditions permit, we will swim with
the dolphins. After our time in the Amazon, we will fly to Arequipa, the colonial era capital of the
Arequipa region. Here we will experience the magnificent views, including volcanos and the
Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, and hopefully spot the flight of the
amazing Condor.

We then travel to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Here we will visit Amantani Island, spending the
night with the indigenous Quechua community and participating in a possible high altitude
soccer game with the locals. From here we go to Cusco, at almost 12000 feet, the capital of the
Incan empire. Activities will include a visit to Sacred Valley and the pre-Incan ruins. After a
short hike we will spend the night in Ollantaytambo, the only remaining village laid out according
to the Incan plan. We then will travel to various sites around this area, including a Quehuan
weaving demonstration.

We will board a train to Aquas Caliente, a small village at the foot of Machu Picchu. From
Aquas Caliente we will travel up to and spend the day at Machu Picchu, the lost mountain city of
the Incas, and one of the Wonders of the World. From Machu Picchu we will return to Cusco
where we will explore more ancient Inca ruins and enjoy two incredible day hikes, one to
Laguna Humantay and one to Rainbow Mountain. Both of these hikes are over 13000 feet, with
spectacular views of the Andes. We will end our time with a tour of Cusco and a free day to
enjoy the city.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 Fly from Portland to Lima and travel to Iquitos. Visit Monkey Island, dolphin watching session and nocturnal nature hike.
Day 2-4 Maniti Eco Lodge Adventures - Sunrise over the Amazon River, animal observation excurision (via boat), fishing, hiking, and visit a local Indigenous tribe to learn about history and culture.
Day 5 Travel to Arequipa
Day 6 Visit Arequipa, and the Monastery of Santa Catalina.
Day 7 We will visit one of the deepest canyons on the planet, the Colca Canyon. Along the way we will pass through Pampa Cañahuas (near the Salinas-Aguada Blanca National Reserve), the Tocra Bofedales and the "viewpoint'' of the volcanoes.
Day 8 Visit "Cruz del Cóndor, a viewpoint from where you can appreciate the depth of the canyon and the arrogant flight of the condors. Travel to Puno.
Day 9 Lake Titicaca tour, head to Amantani Island where we will spend the night with the locals.
Day 10 Travel to Taquile Island and hike to the highest point on the island. Visit an isolated village and head back to Puno.
Day 11 Take early-morning train to Cusco stopping along the way to visit Puka Pukara, La Raya pass, the Inca ruin of Raqchi, and tour the colonial church of Andahuaylillas.
Day 12 Journey into the Sacred Valley
Day 13 Inca Traditions - Rumira Sondormayo, Ollantaytambo, and Pumamarca. Spend the night in Ollantaytambo.
Day 14 Free morning and then catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 15 Day trip to Machu Picchu - hiking and tour of ruins.
Day 16 Travel to Cusco visiting the salt flats along the way.
Day 17 Day trip to Sacsayhuaman Ruins and Cusco city tour.
Day 18 Day trip to Humantay Lake.
Day 19 Day trip to Rainbow Mountain - hiking to Vinicunca Pass.
Day 20 Free day in Cusco.
Day 21 Flight from Cusco to Lima to Portland