Excursions

Select a photo below to see more information about the specific excursion. ("Chincheros, Maras, y Moray" is also a new excursion not included in this list)

Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

 

AREQUIPA

Optional for some or all sessions
The city of Arequipa is situated over 2,328 meters above sea level (about 7,638 feet) and the central part of the city is crossed by the Chili River from north to south; to the north and east of Arequipa are the Andes mountains, while to the Southwest there are minor mountain ranges associated to the Andes. Also a series of volcanic cones dominate the city skyline, such as Misti, Pikchu Pikchu and Chachani.

MACHU PICCHU

Referred to as The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. Machu Picchu (from the quechua Machu Picchu meaning Old Mountain) is the current name for an Inca llaqta (ancient Andean town) built in the mid-XV century. At an altitude of 2490 meters above sea level or 8169 feet, Machu Picchu was built on the rocky area between Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains in the central Andes of southern Peru.
 

PUERTO MALDONADO

Optional for some or all sessions
Located in the department of Madre de Dios, Puerto Maldonado is the entrance gate to the southern Amazon Forest, where several national parks and natural reserves are located. Puerto Maldonado has alternately been the Peruvian center of rubber, logging, gold and oil exploration and extraction Presently, the main economic activities taking place in this region are chestnut cultivation, eco-tourism, and mining.
 

PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA

The city of Puno is situated over 3,800 meters above sea level (about 12,500 feet) and is located at the shore of Lake Titicaca on the Collao Plateau. Students will participate in a 3-day trip to visit Puno, considered to be one of the most interesting places in Peru and the South American continent. 

Puno is considered the folklore capital of Peru because of its rich cultural heritage, reflected in its dances, music and mythical stories. The maximum expression of the Puno culture can be experienced during the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria in February.

Students will visit Lake Titicaca, which spreads between Bolivia and Peru with an area of over 8560 square km, it is 227 meters deep and is located at 3812 meters of altitude.

Following Lake Titicaca, students will journey to the Uros islands, known as an archipelago of islands made of straw and inhabited by the Uros people, descendants of one of the oldest cultures in the continent.

Students also visit the islands of Taquile and Amantani, where they will share with the local community and learn how to cook a traditional Pachamanca.

 

RESEARCH WITH THE SMITHSONIAN IN COSTA RICA

Optional for some or all sessions
Latin America semester and summer students have the amazing opportunity to observe and interact with researchers at the Smithsonian La Selva Biological Station in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica. La Selva Biological Station is the largest field station and one of the most well-known tropical research in the world!
 

SACRED VALLEY

The sacred valley of the Incas was without a doubt, a key area for the kingdom of the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile pastures created a unique and fruitful combination difficult to find in other parts of the Andes Mountains. Furthermore, it encompassed a road to the jungle that granted  the Incans access to fruits and plants of the lowland tropics. The sacred valley served as a neutral damper zone, protecting Cusco from the incursions of the Antis, a ferocious jungle tribe that frequently invaded Incan areas. Today the sacred valley continues to be an exuberant agricultural region, supplying the city of Cusco with a large part of its products such as corn, fruits, and vegetables.