UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Open

Info Session: 1/29/18, 12-1pm 
International Center 3119
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Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

On Location


You will stay in a nicely refurbished but simple house, Casa Campesina, which is part of Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas - or Centro Las Casas or CBC. Rooms are simple and basic and house 2-3 students each. It will be cold at night but extra blankets and space heaters will be available. A pay phone and a computer are available in the reception area of Casa Campesina.

The CBC is a large non-governmental organization dedicated to regional development and research. The house is very secure because it only has one entrance, which is locked for most of the day. Students quickly become friends with the doormen and women, which will give students an opportunity to practice Spanish and perhaps Quechua.

The Casa Campesina is located about four blocks from the main plaza and one block from the CBC's library. Casa Campesina offers legal and medical aid as well as other services to indigenous people, many of whom will be fascinated to speak with students interested in the Andes. Laundry service can be found very close to Casa Campesina and is inexpensive.

The following video was produced by Hovig Sarkissian one of the participants in the 2013 program in Peru.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the Casa Campesina. Most meals will have some meat in them. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you should be prepared to spend extra money to purchase vegetarian meals from a nearby vegetarian restaurant. 

Excursions and Day Trips

Week 1

  • City Tour of Cuzco and visits
  • Visit to Inca ruins in vicinity of Cuzco
  • Tour of Machu Picchu museum by local expert
  • Corpus Christi and Inti Raymi festivals
  • Three-day trip to Machu Picchu
  • Free time to explore Cuzco

Week 2

  • Three-day trip to Lake Titicaca; homestay on an island 
  • Day trip to Sacred Valley of the Inca
  • Lecture and musical performance by Q’eros people
  • Group lunch: traditional Andean cuisine
  • Soccer game with CBC staff
  • Weekend walk to Sacsahuayman fortress

Week 3

  • Day trip to Maras and Moray
  • Coca tea and class discussion
  • Tour photo studio of the wonderful Martín Chambi
  • Attend professional soccer game
  • Group dinner and visit to folkloric ballet

Week 4

  • Day trip to Virgen del Carman festival
  • Lecture and book signing by local expert
  • Film screening: State of Fear
  • Shop for gifts in textile and craft markets
  • Farewell dinner

Activities are subject to change.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Peru

Lonely Planet description of Cuzco,

The high-flying Andean city of Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in the Quechua language) is the uneasy bearer of many grand titles. It was once the foremost city of the Inca Empire, and is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Few travelers to Peru will skip visiting this premier South American destination, which is also the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Currency: Sol (PEN)

Language Spoken: Spanish and Quechua

Weather and Climate

It will be winter in Peru, with sunny days and cold mornings and evenings. The average high in July is 66°; the average low 32°. Make sure you bring a warm jacket.

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