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  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Arequipa, Peru; Cabanaconde, Peru; Copacabana, Bolivia; Cusco, Peru; Ica, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; Lima, Peru; Nazca, Peru; Potosi, Bolivia; Puno, Peru; Sucre, Bolivia; Taquile, Peru; Urubamba, Peru
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Cost Sheets: Fall Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Lima Cathedral
Lima Cathedral

Cuzco, Peru


A five-week overland odyssey from the Pacific coast of South America to awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Nazca, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku, La Paz, Potosi, and Sucre, this cultural and geographical adventure in Peru and Bolivia is a unique opportunity to study the challenges and triumphs of diverse populations, civic and cultural leaders, and historic organizations in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Students will gain experience with the complex economic and social settings of the developing world through visits to historic cities, remote indigenous villages, and cultural and natural wonders of the world.

Quick Facts

  • August 20 - September 26, 2020 (5.5 weeks of adventure in Fall 2020)

  • Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku, and more!

  • Overnight stays in historic Lima, La Paz, Arequipa, Ica, and the mystical islands of Lake Titicaca

  • Travel overland, hike, and camp in the Andes Mountains

  • Home stays and service in Cuzco

  • Organizational Leadership in Peru and Bolivia

  • Earn 6 or 9 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Government District of Lima
Government District in Lima, Peru

Nazca Lines
Nazca Lines, Peru
Photo Credit: Kaya Responsible Travel

Peru - Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon, Peru
Photo Credit: Kaya Responsible Travel

Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca, Peru

Valle de la Luna
Valle de la Luna, La Paz, Bolivia
Attribution: Guttorm Flatabø

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Photo Credit: Kaya Responsible Travel

Location Details

The seat of the national government, the “City of Kings,” is a sprawling coastal metropolis several times larger than any other city in the country. Our tour will cover the founding of Lima in 1535, the government quarter, the catacombs, various historic squares, unusual markets such as “the book-seller’s street,” and a lookout point. We will also visit Lima’s port of Callao, the affluent Miraflores district, and the massive pre-Incan adobe pyramid called Huaca Pucllana.

This prehistoric and colonial center was claimed by conquistadores in 1563. Today it is a jumping-off point for the Paracas National Reserve, known for its tropical desert and wildlife in the oldest marine reserve in Peru. Nearby are also the artistic and archaeological remains of the Paracas culture, including the mysterious Paracas Candelabra geoglyph.

The Nazca Lines are gigantic geoglyphs (iconic art lying on the Earth’s surface), some of which are 1,200 feet long. They predate the Inca empire and are shrouded in mystery. Many of the Lines are visible from nearby hills and observation towers, and we will have the option (for an extra cost of about $120) of taking a Cessna flight for unfortgettable views above the geoglyphs.

A center of culture and economic power in southern Peru, the once compact but now sprawling “White City” occupies a high Andean valley overlooked by the cone-shaped Misti Volcano as well as the neighboring peaks of Pichu Pichu (Pikchu Pikchu – which we will visit) and Chachani. Arequipa’s white walls of volcanic stone carry royal seals and signs of regional pride. We will partake of the region’s famous cuisine and “Criollo” music, tour its historic buildings, and visit archaeological museums where Inca sacrifices are displayed, including “Juanita, the ice maiden” whose body was preserved frozen on Mount Ampato after being sacrificed in the 1400s.    

The awe-inspiring views of the Colca Canyon and of surrounding mountains will provide experiences that will remain with us for our lifetimes. In and around the canyon there is an abundance of guanaco, llamas, vicuna, sheep, and vegetation. Near the Cruz del Condor we will watch for the flights of local majestic Andean condors. We will hike through Sangalle and other villages along the way to a site where we will camp in a national park.

The historic capital of the Inca empire, Cuzco is now one of Peru’s thriving urban centers despite its 3,326 meters of altitude (two miles above sea level). In the Cuzco area students will experience homestays with local families, as well as service-learning opportunities. We will take day tours of the amazing Sacred Valley of the Incas including Saksaywaman (Sacsayhuaman), Q’enqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. Cuzco will also be our jumping-off point for hiking and camping in the Pumahuanca Valley, the Quena Forest, Parachocha Lake, the Sirihuani Glacier, and Cuncani Mountain.

Often called “The Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu lay largely buried in undergrowth from the 1500s until 1911. We will reach the site via a train ride from Cuzco, and then join a guided tour followed by a relaxing evening nearby in the Aguas Calientes hotel. The following morning we will climb the steep stone steps of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu), to see the ruins from an unusual vantage. We’ll have the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu’s hundreds of stone ruins, terraces, and steps at our own pace before taking the afternoon train back to Cuzco.

Puno is a “melting pot of Aymara and Quetchua” life and a commercial center once famous as a smuggler’s cove. Known as “the folkloric capital of Peru” Puno celebrates as many as 300 traditional dances and fiestas each year. Among the traditional Andean instruments tied to these celebrations are tinyas (wooden hand drums), larger drums called wankaras, alternately eerie and lovely sounding quenas (Andean flutes), charrangos (armadillo-shell guitars dating from Spanish times) played with a rapidly strumming, almost shivering, style, and an array of zampoñas (panpipes). In the rolling hills around Puno stand the round chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, the last remnants of the ancient Colla people.

We will visit the indigenous inhabitants of the famous floating (lake reed-based) islands of the lake, such as Urus Island with its uniquely springy surface. Then we will proceed to rocky Amantani or Tequile Island where we will stay the night under a brilliant, crisp-cold Altiplano sky (nights on the Altiplano make it easy to understand why the pre-Columbian civilizations of the region tended to worship Inti, the Sun God, above all other deities). 

A short distance from the mythically significant Islands of the Sun and the Moon, this Altiplano city has been a Christian pilgrimage since the 16th century. From Copacabana we will begin the journey to Tiwanaku and La Paz.

A pre-Columbian (and pre-Incan) site believed to be inhabited around 1500 BCE, visitors can see symbolic art such as the famous Gateway of the Sun (La Puerta del Sol) on which are engraved representations of Viracocha (the Sun God) and Viracocha-like “angels” arrayed in what may have been a sacred calendar format. Nearby are sunken pits and carved faces, as well as the Puma Punku temple. The site of Tiwanaku is believed to have been the moral and cosmological center for the Tiwanaku civilization, which influenced a vast area of the Andes Mountains either via cultural or economic means.

One of Bolivia’s two national capitals, La Paz is a massive “city in a bowl”--resting in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. While staying in La Paz we will hike through the Valley of the Moons, which is a beautiful maze of canyons, as well as the lookout known as the Devil’s Point. Nearby sites include Illimani Mountain and the Valle de las Animas, the Uni lagoon, and Palca Canyon.

The historic mining city supported since pre-Inca times and more infamously during Spanish colonial times by massive silver mines, also has connections to Bolivia’s boom-and-bust tin mining generations. As such, this city and its environs provide a powerful lens with which to examine the conflicts and contrasts inherent in Latin America’s colonial, modern, and contemporary history and geography. 

Bolivia’s “other” constitutional capital city, Sucre, is the home of the nation’s supreme court and of a wealth of historical and political perspectives of its own, offering a great contrast to the booming city of La Paz. Such recent demographic shifts have also set Bolivia apart from Peru, as the efforts of Peru to colonize its vast Amazonian lands (its selva which even the Incas had failed to conquer) stagnated, yet in contrast, in Bolivia, a boom in both soybean farming and natural gas production has brought many people out to its eastern cities, plains, and wetlands since the late 20th century.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Open to all majors


Undergraduates will enroll in at least two of the following four courses for a total of 6 to 12 credit hours during the Fall registration period:
  • OGL 350: Diversity in Organizations (3)*

  • OGL 365: Peruvian Organizational Contexts (3)*

  • OGL 343: Social Processes in Organizations (3)*

  • LST 470: Syncretic South America (3)*

*Please note that these courses count towards your Fall semester load.  If registering for these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override. 

Course Format

These Fall Session A 2020 courses will be taught as hybrid (online and on-ground) courses. Each will begin online more than a week prior to our arrival in Peru, and each course will conclude with an online module in the week following our return from Peru and Bolivia. Orientation sessions (in-person where possible) will also be required.

Trujillo - Freedom Monument
Freedom Monument, Trujillo, Peru
Attribution: Bernard Gagnon


Faculty Director

Stephen P. Davis, PhD
Lecturer, Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: U.S.E. Room 239, Tempe campus
Phone: 602-496-1274

Patience Akpan, PhD
Associate Professor, Social Science
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: Santa Catalina 252 J , Polytechnic campus
Phone: 480-727-1489

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Photo Credit: Kaya Responsible Travel


Photo Credit: Kaya Responsible Travel

Program Housing

Housing will occur in shared rooms at a combination of hotels, hostels, homestays, and tents (tents for camping activities only).  Your program fee includes camping gear for the multi-day treks.  Travel between cities will be by private coach.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Bolivia, public transportation and most public as well as private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair. In Peru, students with mobility challenges will find the streets and sidewalks in Peru quite difficult to traverse. Despite recent efforts to improve accessibility, little infrastructure exists to accommodate those with disabilities, and few places make any accommodation for those with physical disabilities.

Several days of hiking over rough terrain and camping will occur within the Andes Mountains, on trails that are not wheelchair accessible. Rough, uneven surfaces are typical even in Peru and Bolivia’s major cities, and especially at each of the major cultural sites where narrow, uneven rock and dirt trails are not accessible. The boats to islands on Lake Titicaca are also not generally wheelchair accessible, and most of the islands themselves contain steep stone steps or marshy surfaces without any accessibility options. Few hotels, restaurants, museums, and other cultural sites in Peru and Bolivia have accessible bathrooms or even accessible main entrances: stone steps are the norm, with few ramps. Overland travel will often be bumpy and sometimes uncomfortable, with highways marked by mountain switchbacks, potholes, and rapid rises in elevation. The buses and trains in Peru and Bolivia will not generally have wheelchair accessibility options.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Bolivia, attitudes continue to be unaccepting of homosexuality and the LGBTQIA movement is subject to discrimination. In Peru, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. LGBTQIA travelers will find some gay-friendly establishments in the larger cities; however, in smaller towns and rural areas options will be sparse or non-existent.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Bolivia and Peru, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Fall 2020 is $7,330.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, camping gear for overnight treks, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU tuition and fees, round-trip airfare to and from Peru, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.