Peru Stories

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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Meet Smithsonian expert Alfredo Villar: Where history meets hip

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Alfredo Villar is a Peruvian writer, art historian, and curator specializing in Amazonic and contemporary urban culture and music. He has published fiction and poetry books and also a graphic novel, “Rupay,” that was possible because of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. He is…

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Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan?

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To plan, or not to plan? That’s the smallish sorta-war that my wife and I have when we decide to go somewhere. She’s content with only a rough outline of a trip. When she was a teenager, she and her family went to Germany without…

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Traveling With Language Barriers

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Read part one of Brad’s trip to Peru – Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan? One morning we woke up in Peru with nothing planned. I offered the idea of horseback riding. It sounded so idyllic, and Shannon sort of knew how to…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Uros Island Village, Peru

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Can you imagine living on a floating island? One that you have to maintain (read: repair) by hand, to bolster the safety of your home? Welcome to the floating islands of the Uros people. Located on Lake Titicaca, in Peru, the floating islands of the…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Machu Picchu, Peru

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Download a larger image of Machu Picchu and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:    Here is a great lesson plan from National Endowment for the Humanities on the Inca Empire on “Couriers of the Empire: Getting your…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: A Condor in Peru

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The Andean Condor is the only member of the genus Vultur, is the largest flying bird in the world, and is recognized as a national symbol for many South American countries, including Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. The Andean Condor is near extinction,…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Textiles in Peru

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The Incans live in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They are famous for their incredibly colorful, detailed textiles, made from alpaca fiber and sheep wool. And, each village that makes textiles has its own patterns and traditions – some over 2000 years old. Download a…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Lake Titicaca, Peru

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Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. National Geographic defines a lakeas a body of water surrounded by land. How many different kinds of…

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