Study Abroad in Peru
Arid plains, snow-capped mountains, and tropical rainforests all make their home within the borders of Peru.
The country’s remarkable biodiversity attracts as many visitors as does its ancient heritage and stunning architectural ruins.
Nestled deep within the Peruvian Andes, more than 11,000 feet above sea level, lies Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and current UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year millions make Cusco their base as they explore the areas mystical past and majestic architecture including the 15th century citadel, Machu Picchu. Cusco is a fascinating mix of ancient Andean culture and Spanish influence left by the conquistadors who settled there in the 16th century. Incan ruins and Spanish grandeur co-exist in Cusco’s main square, the Plaza de Armas, where history collides at the heart of a modern and vibrant city. See if you can find the 12-angled stone, an important piece of Peruvian national heritage and part of an 8th century Inca palace, which still amazes visitors today.
Travel north through the Andes to the Pacific Coast, and discover cosmopolitan Lima, the capital of Peru, and home to gorgeous beaches, modern buildings, and can’t-miss, world-class restaurants. Lima is also a goldmine of firsthand lessons in world history with museums featuring pre-Inca ruins and Baroque cathedrals ready for exploration.
Studying abroad in Peru offers students an incredible opportunity to experience the natural beauty, ancient history, and cultural riches of this South American jewel.