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Active - JAN 174: The Land and the Life of Peru
Arequipa, Peru; Chiclayo, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Lake Titicaca, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Nazca, Peru; Paracas, Peru; Puerto Inca, Peru; Puerto Maldonado, Peru; Sacred Valley, Peru; Trujillo, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 12/01/2017 12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:The Land and the Life of PeruCourse ID:JAN 174Instructors:Margaret Field and Douglas LongContact Email:mfield@stmarys-ca.eduCourse Description:

No other country in the New World has such a rich and diverse land and history as Peru.  This trip takes us through the Andes, the world's longest mountain chain, the rich seas of the Pacific coast, the steamy cloud forests, the canopy of the dense Amazon rainforest, the stark deserts, the fertile Sacred Valley, the high plains of Lake Titicaca, and the deepest valleys and highest volcanoes in the world.  We will explore the interface between human cultures, the land, and the biological realm, and how each shapes the other.  We will travel the length of Peru, where we will explore the history of human cultures and see the incredible archaeological sites. Native animals and plants abound in this land such as llamas and condors, and we will study the tropical biology and wildlife of the Amazon, the unique high altitude cloud forests, the ancient deserts, and even the marine mammals and seabirds of the coastal islands of the Ballestras, often called the 'Galapagos of Peru'. We will discuss how humans have irrevocably changed the natural world.  In the cities we will visit the museums, monasteries, cathedrals and ruins that tell the human story of Peru, from both the Peruvian viewpoint and that of the conquistadors. This will also be a very active trip with many long days exploring the interrelated aspects of history, archaeology, culture, biology, and geology.  In total, we will be traveling by jet, propeller plane, train, bus, catamaran, outboard and jungle boat. 

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

Majors Biology OR Environmental Science OR Archeology OR Cultural Anthropology dealing with South America or an anthropology course dealing with the method of study of ancient cultures AND signature of the instructor


Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of the following meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact instructor if you have conflicts):

Tuesday 9/6, 7:00-8:00pm, Brousseau 114

Wednesday 9/14, 7:00-8:00pm, Brousseau 114

Sunday 9/18, 7:00-8:00pm, Brousseau 114

Reading List:


Insight Guide Peru- Pam Barrett (ISBN: 1585732966) 

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru- Nigel Davies (ISBN: 0140233814)

Peru: an Eco-traveler's Wildlife Guide -David Pearson et al. (ISBN:1566565456)  

Additional reading from:

The Conquest of the Incas- John Hemming (ISBN: 0156028263);

The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru-Michael Moseley (ISBN:0500282773)

The Cities of the Ancient Andes-Adriana Von Hagen & Craig Morris (ISBN: 0500050864)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru-James Clements & Noam Shany (ISBN: 0934797188)

Basis for Final Grade:

Pre-travel quiz on required reading and pre-travel lecture, weekly quizzes in Peru, 10-page paper due on departure, final exam, daily journal with directed writings, quality of participation.  This subjective portion includes enthusiastic and active participation in required activities, participation in question and answer sessions, consideration for the group (e.g., timeliness and respect for others), consideration for the country, its citizens, and culture.

Course Fee Per Student:$4,800Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

Costs include all airfares (international and domestic) and all forms of transportation, lodging, entrance fees, daily substantial breakfast, many lunches and dinners, entrance fees and all required activities, guides, and tips for covered activities.

Schedule:We will likely leave on Dec 31 and return Jan 25 (this is outside of the normal Jan Term Dates)Spaces reserved for freshmen:no