Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Peru and Bolivia

Faculty: Paul Chamberlain and Jiroo Kuroda
Meeting time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

This Junior’s Abroad trip is built around the natural and cultural diversity of Peru and Bolivia.  The spectacular biodiversity of these countries encompasses the alpine forests of the Andes, the Amazonian rainforest, Lake Titicaca (the worlds highest fresh water lake), and the Slar de Uyuni (“salt desert”) of Bolivia. 

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 take us from the modern cities of Lima, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia to the remote, 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 today. Along the way we’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local people.

We will begin our trip in the modern city of Lima, Peru.  From there we will fly (there are no roads) to Iquitos, on the Amazon River.  Here 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 see 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 head to Cusco (almost 12000 ft), the capital of the Incan empire.  After a day touring Cusco and the surrounding Inca ruins, 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 before departing for Lake Titicaca and Bolivia. We will spend a day touring the area around Lake Titicaca before moving on to La Paz, Bolivia.

From La Paz we will travel south to Uyuni and the southern Altiplano. Our journey here will take us to the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. We will spend three days experiencing the high peaks, hot springs, volcanoes, and rock gardens of southern Bolivia. Our return trip to La Paz will take us through Potosi, which was the center of Spanish mining during the colonial period. In Potosi we will visit the silver mines that enriched Spain during colonization. We’ll also tour the Casa de la Monda, which was an important South American mint for Spain during colonial times. 


Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1 - Flight Portland to Lima

Day 2 – Lima – A day tour of the modern and colonial city of Lima.

Day 3, 4 & 5 Iquitos and the Amazon River. Canoe ride, hiking and flora and fauna viewing.

 Day 6  Morning flight to Arequipa- Visit Arequipa, and view the Misti volcano

 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 – We visit "Cruz del Cóndor", a viewpoint from where you can appreciate the depth of the canyon and the arrogant flight of the condors.

 Day 9 – Travel to Cusco, the capital of ancient Incan culture.

 Day 10 – Tour of Cusco an UNESCO world heritage site and the surrounding Inca ruins, including Saqsaywaman, Rodadero, and Puka Pukara.

 Day 11 – Early morning train to Aquas Caliente and day tour of Machu Picchu.

 Day 12 –.  We return to Cusco via train and bus.  Free evening to explore Cusco

 Day 13 – Transfer by bus to Copacabana

 Day 14 – Copacabana, Lake Titicaca and tour of Isla del Sol

 Day 15- Bus transfer to La Paz with a stop at Tiwanaku along the way

 Day 16 – La Paz, Morning tour of La Paz to include the historic center with its Plaza Murillo. Afternoon and evening bus trip To Uyuni

 Day 17 –  Salar d Uyuni - Arrival at Uyuni with visit the beautiful and majestic Salt Desert.

 Day 18 – Travel to Los Lipez with visits to Salar de Chiguana, Volcán Ollagüe, Laguna Cañapa, Laguna Colorada, where you can see the beautiful pink flamingos

 Day 19 - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve- Visit to Laguna Verde, an emerald lake one of Bolivia’s most striking sights. 

 Day 20 - Bus transfer to Potosi where we will have a city tour and visit to Casa Nacional de la Moneda.

 Day 21  - Potosi - Visit to the mine in the morning and then afternoon and evening bus transfer to La Paz

 Day 22 –  La Paz and return to Portland.