On Top of the World: Perú



(Thursday, April 11- Saturday April 20, 2019)

This Spring Break, you can follow the crowds to beaches, bars and binges. Or, you could travel a different path, and walk beside the ruins of the realm of the Incas. Go to the dizzying heights of Machu Picchu and learn of the power of the Sun god Inti Raymi and the creator, Viracocha. In Cusco, see the capital city of Tawantisuyu (tah-whan-teen-SOO-yoo), the empire of the Inca kings that stretched from modern Colombia to Chile. Touch the bricks carved with tight-fitting precision and without a single drop of mortar between them that still support tons of towering stone. Visit Cajamarca, where Francisco Pizarro and his tiny band faced the Inca Atahualpa (Ah-tah-WAHL-pah) and his mighty empire. Feel the rushing wind. Taste the dry air. You are there.

The trip ends with a return to the capital of Lima, where you will explore the Spanish colonial world interspersed in the dynamic bustle of the here-and-now. Enjoy the music, art, and architecture as well as diverse and renowned Peruvian cuisine. Top it off with shopping. From traditional artisanal wares to the latest fashions of Paris and Milan, as a major commercial center of the Pacific Rim, Lima has it all.

Go to see, go to feel, and go to know. With our living classroom at the top of the world, you will walk in the footsteps of Pizarro and Atahualpa, you will see the house where the Inca Garcilaso grew up, you will learn how the natives have adapted, resisted, negotiated and survived from the colonial era until now. Imagine all of that learning, but with no assigned readings, no essays, and no outside work. Dr. Ezekiel Stear’s field is the colonial period in Spanish America. As a professor, he shares his knowledge with participants, yet without classwork and exams, just unbridled, live learning. What’s more, he provides you with a packet of lecture notes with highlights of scholarly findings and lists for further reading. Forgotten Lives of Latin America combines the best of the university classroom with the unparalleled experience of being there! Take your learning to the next level and make friendships to last a lifetime. Come to the top of the world!

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On Top of the World Peru Description and Itinerary

Top of the World: Perú, Cost: $2899

Non-refundable deposit: $800, due 1 Dec., 2018

Early-bird discount: 10% off if paid-in-full by 1 Dec., 2018

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Deposit for Peru Trip

The non-refundable deposit of $800, due by Dec. 1, 2018, reserves your place for the trip to Peru. You can also pay through Venmo on your phone. Please contact Dr. Ezekiel Stear for details on Venmo payments.