Spotlight on Peru

Spotlight on Peru

A guide to custom programs in Peru

For many adventurers, the famous lost Incan city of Machu Picchu is a mecca. This mysterious and incredible citadel does not disappoint as a historical marvel, a cultural revelation, and, for some, a physical test. But Peru is more than Machu Picchu. For starters, it is a treasure trove of other pre-Columbian ruins and artifacts that tell the story of incredible early Americans. It boasts impressive biodiversity from the peaks of the Andes to the waves of the Pacific coast. It is also a modern economy on the rise, particularly in the increasingly sophisticated city of Lima where visitors are treated to a sprawling metropolis that often combines new and old. Oh, and don’t forget the food! There’s a good reason Lima is known as the gastronomic capital of South America.

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Customize Your Program

Our approach

Your program is one-of-a-kind. Your itinerary should be too. We craft each program with a thematic approach, developing a day-by-day schedule that matches your curriculum, your goals, and your needs.

How it works

You’ll work directly with your own Program Development manager to craft your itinerary from the beginning. He or she is an extension of your university team, consulting with our ground team and our curriculum specialists to give your students an experience that’s uniquely yours. Once we settle on a basic itinerary, you’ll get your own account manager who will work to make sure your program’s goals are met, year after year after year.

Wes YoungOur Expert in South America


Wes Young, Director of Operations—South America, lives and works in Latin America and helps to forge authentic connections for groups traveling in the region. His connections pave the way for a seamless travel experience, as well as new opportunities for groups to meet and learn from locals engaged in their field.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Peru, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:

Mineral Resources

Peru’s status as an emerging economy is strongly linked to its wealth of mineral resources. It is the world’s 2nd largest producer of silver, 3rd largest producer of copper, and the leading producer of gold in Latin America. Consider its recent rise in the world economy and discuss ways Peru can hedge the risk of its reliance on these exports.

Service Learning

Despite the tremendous progress Peru has made, inequality persists in this growing economy. While Lima has succeeded in reducing its poverty rate to 14.5% (2012), nearly 60% were poor in the rural areas in the Andes Mountains. Partner with local organizations to do community service as a part of your program or as the focus of your Peruvian adventure.

Incan Art & Handicraft

The Incans did not leave a written history, and therefore their art is a powerful source for understanding this pre-Columbian culture. In the museums of Peru, view relics of the Incans and interpret their meaning. Then, see how today’s artisans use the ancient craft in their pottery, textiles, jewelry, and more.


Destination Overview

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Peru Now

Peru has risen in its world standing in recent years, thanks in part to several of its most traditional occupations. It has always been rich with fish, gold, and silver, and as these commodities prices rose, Peru’s economy rose with them. It has become one of the most important and powerful countries in South America, as well as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Visitors revel in its “modern meets ancient” spirit, exploring civilizations long gone and nations just now emerging.

Meet Smithsonian Expert Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

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  The art of Peruvian weaving dates back over 2000 years. It is integral to Inca culture, and, too often, it disappears with the elderly artisans who once mastered it. When you travel on our Smithsonian University Travel Program to Peru, you’ll meet Nilda Callañaupa…

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