The Incan Civilisation: One of the greatest and most mysterious that the world has ever experienced. Set in the incredible surrounds of Cusco, Peru, this unique program will give you an unrivalled opportunity to learn about and explore the world of the Ancient Incan Empire.
This program is taught by AIM Overseas’ partner University, the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola over three magnificent weeks. Students will examine Peru from its pre-Hispanic roots focusing on one of the major civilisations of the pre-Columbian world, The Incas. This course explores issues relating to Inca ideology, their economic and social organisation, their connection between the government and religion, and emphasises their cultural and material legacy. It utilises a variety of sources, including the examination of scholarly documents, a number of guided visits to archaeological places, and museums.
Utilising experts in Incan History, the program explores the Incan civilisation from the classroom as well as during field trips to world-renowned sites. This course will take you trekking up Machu Picchu, the mysterious ruins formed in the 15th century, now named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. What’s also quintessential, is the fact that you will witness the ancient temples and rituals of the Inca’s, exploring the giant walls and structures built over 500 years ago!
Through the visits to archaeological ruins, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and many other places, you will come to comprehend the remarkle lives of the Inca’s.
For anyone with an interest in ancient history, South America, Peru or civilisation in general, this program provides an exceptional opportunity to not only learn about the Incas, but to do so whilst visiting the places where they lived and walked for centuries.
‘The highlights of the program were the real and authentic nature of the learning experience. My experience extended beyond the classroom in engaging with the real world around it and the real life implications of the Inca civilisation.’
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
All excursions are designed to around the theme of both cultural and historic understanding. The excursions will include:
Mandor Waterfalls and Ecological Reserve (Day One): Day one of this two day series begins with a pleasant hike through both the Butterfly Park and waterfalls which are located within the Reserve. This is a highly sought after trip for biologists and naturalists alike. The park is located about 1 hour from Aguas Calientes and is a brimming with the many species of birds, butterflies, and wildlife that live in the high forest. This unique hike will allow students to see aspects of the park unseen by the average visitor. A box lunch and local guide are included.
Huanya Picchu and Machu Picchu (Day Two): The next day of this dual excursion begins at 6:00 AM with a guided sunrise trip to the enchanting HuanyaPicchu, and then on to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. This guided trek includes cultural and ecological insights as well as the once in a life time views and experiences that are the trademarks of this important excursion. Entrance fees, hotel accommodations, box lunch, breakfast, and tour guides are included.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: This full day trip departs at 7:30 AM in order to begin its journey at the Archeological Park of Pisac. After a pleasant 2 hour walk participants will arrive in the small artisanal market of Pisac. The journey will then continue onto Ollantaytambo, and then to Urubamba for lunch. The journey then winds its way to Moray and Chinchero, ultimately returning to the city of Cusco. The trip includes private transportation and all necessary entrance fees.
Ruta del Barroco Andino: Cuturally and artstically themed excursion which shows the influence of colonial art and syncretism. It is a full day tour and includes visits to 3 churches Andahuaylillas Canincunca and Huaro.
Puno and Lake Titicaca: Travel and visit Puno and Lake Titicaca for this epic two day trip to the southern region of the Peruvian Andes, home to the world’s highest altitude lake. For this two day trip, students will leave Cusco on Friday night at 9:00 pm and arrive in Puno on Saturday at 6:00 am. After a brief stay in Puno, students and guides will then board a boat to visit the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca. The students will stay the night with a vetted host family on the islands. The group will then would return to Puno for an evening departure to Cusco, arriving on Monday at 5:00 am.
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
In Lima, USIL has three main campuses located in residential areas where undergraduate and graduate students take different programs. USIL has more than 22 academic programs and over 8, 000 local students enrolled in 2011. The campuses have a library, a restaurant, pastry shop, WiFi throughout, academic services, sports areas, a social responsibility office, and more. USIL hosts more than 350 international students per year and local faculty and students are used to having them in class.
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