Visit the mystifying ruins at Machu Picchu then travel to the fascinating Galápagos Islands to observe abundant wildlife, including giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions.
Machu Picchu and the Galápagos
15 days from $7,993 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees
Visit the mystifying ruins at Machu Picchu then travel to the fascinating Galápagos Islands to observe abundant wildlife, including giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, and sea lions.
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Regina Harrison is a specialist in the language of the Incas, Quechua. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a professor of Latin American Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. Her first book, Signs, Songs, and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture (1989), won several prizes, including the Kovacs Award from the Modern Language Association. With 35 years of research experience in the Andes, she has written books and articles on Ecuadorian literature as well as a study of Quechua theological translation, Sin and Confession in Colonial Peru (2014). Her research has been well funded over the years, with awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dr. Harrison turned to video production to best record her observation of ecological tourism in the Andes, directing Cashing in on Culture: Indigenous Communities and Tourism (2002) as well as filming and directing Mined to Death in Potosí, Bolivia (2005), winner of a Latin American Studies Association award in film. Her most recent video is Gringo Kullki: From Sucres to Dollars in Ecuador (2015), in the Quichua language with English subtitles.
Dr. Harrison's scholarship reflects her experiences in living abroad: as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Galápagos Islands, as a researcher living with indigenous communities in Ecuador, and as a scholar in the archives and libraries of Lima, Cuzco, and Quito. She is also an accomplished guide to the Andean region. She led hiking trips to study archeological sites in the Andes as a professor at Bates College and was director of two semester programs in Ecuador. Recently, she was appointed director of the University of Maryland semester programs in Madrid and Seville (Spain). In addition, she has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito) and at the Centro Estudios Regionales Andinos 'Bartolomé de Las Casas' (Cuzco).
Dennis Ogburn is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of the Inca Empire and other ancient societies in Andean South America. A native of North Carolina, he went west to attend college at Rice University before moving even further west to earn his MA and PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Subsequently, he worked at the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California, Berkeley, then moved back east, where he is now Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been active in fieldwork and research in Andean archaeology for over 20 years, leading or participating in work in the southern and northern highlands of Ecuador and in the Cuzco, Ayacucho, and Nasca regions of Peru. His research is at the intersection of science and history, as he employs scientific techniques such as geochemical sourcing and radiocarbon dating in combination with the analysis of historical documents. He has written a number of scholarly works, including articles in prominent journals such as Latin American Antiquity, Ethnohistory, and the Journal of Archaeological Science, and a co-edited volume Foundations of Power in the Prehispanic Andes, published by the American Anthropological Association. Topics of some of those publications include the scope of warfare in the Inca Empire, the long‐distance movement of large building stones in the Inca Empire, and the Inca conquest and occupation of highland Ecuador. In recent and on-going projects, he has been investigating the interpretation of quipus (the Inca writing system), the origins of Inca building stones in the Cuzco region, and the contents of drinking vessels from the Peruvian coast. At UNC Charlotte, he regularly teaches courses in archaeology and related subjects, including South American Archaeology and Ethnohistory of New World Peoples. In addition to a general affinity for old things, his interests include playing guitar, hiking, bicycling, collecting rocks, and learning about native plants and animals.
Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA's 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993, Kirt has led numerous journeys for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.
Ricardo Stanoss’ career started as a rural veterinarian in Argentina. Soon after graduation, he migrated to the US in pursuit of opportunities in the field of conservation. He became an educator at Zoo Miami, where he leaned to engage a widely diverse audience with conservation science. His next position with the National Audubon Society’s International Programs expanded his horizons working in grassroots conservation in Latin America. In his last position before arriving at the Smithsonian, Stanoss ran an innovative conservation capacity development program in in the Chicago area, nationally, and globally.
Currently, Dr. Ricardo Stanoss is the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s Academic Program Manager. In this position, he is responsible for leading a team of scientists and educators in creating a new breed of conservation leaders combining the powerful resources of the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University.
During his career path as a passionate conservationist and educator, Dr. Stanoss amassed significant experience in effective management of novel conservation capacity initiatives, developing successful collaborations with academia, NGOs, government agencies, and communities across vastly different cultures around the world. He gradually expanded his interests from the animals he loved to the individuals who could make a difference in conservation.
Abigail Levine is an archaeologist with a regional specialty in the south central Andes. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2012, with a focus on the evolution of complex societies, and specifically, the role of war and trade in this process. Her research at the archaeological site of Taraco, located in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Peru, was featured in the New York Times and was named one of the top 10 discoveries of 2011 by Archaeology Magazine. Dr. Levine has taught numerous Anthropology courses including Introduction to Archaeology, South American Archaeology, Economic Anthropology, Archaeology of Chiefdoms, and the Archaeology of Vice. She has also led a field school at Taraco co-sponsored by UCLA and the Institute for Field Research.
Robyn Cutright earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, specializing in the archaeology of the Andean region. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Centre College, a top liberal arts college where teaching is a central focus. Robyn has taught several study abroad courses in Peru that explore the ancient cultures of Peru's coast and highlands, and has also taught field ethnography and archaeology courses in Costa Rica. At Centre, she teaches a broad range of classes in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Latin American Studies, including Inkas Aztecs Mayas, Pyramids and Politics: Exploring Peru's Prehispanic Past, The Archaeologist Looks at Death, and Paleokitchen: the Archaeology of Food.
Robyn has over a decade of experience conducting archaeological fieldwork in Peru. Her research focuses on the Chimú, a coastal empire that preceded, and was conquered by, the Inca. Specifically, she explores the daily lives and local experiences of people living in frontier and provincial communities and the political impacts of ancient conquest. She is currently the director of a multi-year project at the archaeological site of Ventanillas, where she investigates how local strategies interacted with state politics at the edge of coastal state control. Her work has been published in journals such as Latin American Antiquity and Ñawpa Pacha, the journal of the Institute of Andean Studies, and she has co-edited a bilingual volume on the archaeology of the Pacific Coast. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Social Science Research Council, and she is a former Fulbright Fellow to Peru.
Jim Reynolds is Professor of Geology at Brevard College, teaching all Geology courses and a section of Introductory Environmental Science. He received his Bachelors degree in Earth Science (1975) and Masters degree in Volcanology (1977) from Dartmouth College and then worked in the minerals and energy industries, government, and academia for six years before returning to Dartmouth for a Ph.D. (Andean tectonics, 1987). Since 1984, his research has focused on the uplift of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia and the geology of the Caribbean Plate. Reynolds was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to teach at Argentine universities (1989 and 2007). In 2006 he was inducted into the fellowship of the Geological Society of America. Jim is an ardent environmentalist and a strong advocate for environmental issues. As a field-oriented scientist and educator, Jim is very enthusiastic to provide outdoor and hands-on learning experiences.
David Scott Palmer is Boston University's Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he served as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies at the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute.
Over the years, he has traveled widely throughout Central and South America. His experience in the region includes public diplomacy lecture tours in each of the countries and assessments of their diplomatic services for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). He has also taught seminars at the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO) of Costa Rica and served on the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Observer Mission at the Central American Presidents negotiations in San José (which produced the Arias Peace Plan, for which Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize.
His most recent book, co-authored with David Mares, deals with the almost 200-year struggle between Ecuador and Peru to resolve the Western Hemisphere's longest running border dispute (Power, Institutions, and Leadership in War and Peace: Lessons from Peru and Ecuador, 1995-1998; Texas, 2013 paperback edition).
Diane Palmer (B.A. Smith, Ed.M. Harvard, Ph.D. Maryland) is currently an educational consultant who has advised on international school curriculum development and led workshops for teachers on civic education throughout Latin America. Before serving as a high school history teacher and Director for Social Science Curriculum for the State of Maryland, she taught at the Roosevelt School in Lima, Peru and served as a teacher and principal of Academia Cotopaxi high school in Quito, Ecuador. She has traveled extensively throughout both countries, including several as organizer for student, alumni, and family groups and as co-director of the Boston University Summer Program in Peru. Her particular interests include indigenous weavings and crafts, and maps.
Hugh Neighbour brings many years of experience as a diplomat for the U.S. and an officer in the U.S. Navy, mostly working overseas. Specialized in political and economic affairs, he spent many years in Latin America with lengthy postings in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, as well as elsewhere. Hugh was awarded the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award as well as a number of Department of State awards for distinguished service. Since retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2010, Hugh has worked as a consultant in both Washington and the Latin America/Caribbean region, served as an official observer for several elections overseas, and lectured aboard high-end cruise ships in waters off Latin America and elsewhere. Several times a year, Hugh directs Latin America advanced area studies training to select groups in the Washington region. Hugh will offer a fresh, up-to-date perspective on the history, culture, and current affairs of the fascinating peoples and places in Peru and Ecuador you’ll visit.
Anita G. Cook is an archaeologist specializing in the Central Andes with over 37 years of research in the region. She has conducted archaeological tours in the Andes since 1987. She currently teaches at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She has been visiting Professor of Anthropology at the National University of San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru and served as Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Cook received Municipal Honorary Recognition and a Medal for defending and preserving the site of Conchopata-in Ayacucho, Peru. As director of the Lower Ica Valley Archaeological Project and co-director of the Conchopata Archaeological Project her research focuses on the emergence of early Andean States and empires in particular the Wari and Tiwnaku predecessors of the Incas with a particular focus on material culture, the visual arts, and iconography.
Her research has been internationally recognized through grant and fellowship awards including: the Fulbright Commission for field research; National Endowment for the Humanities, an in residence fellowship and Summer Research grants from Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University; and another in residence Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art and most recently with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Dr. Cook is the author of Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru, edited by Elizabeth Benson and Anita Cook (2001) and Wari y Tiwanaku: entre el estilo y la imagen (1994), and numerous articles. She has been a consultant for national and international museum exhibits, research seminars and sponsored research programs. In addition, she is active in conservation efforts to protect threatened cultural remains in Andean South America and is a founding member of the Latin American and Latino Program of The Catholic University of America.
Sabine Hyland received her B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University, and is a Reader in Social Anthropology at St. Andrews University. A veteran scholar of the Andes, Hyland has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her first book, The Jesuit and the Incas: The Extraordinary Life of Padre Blas Valera SJ (Michigan, 2004) won the Donald B. King Distinguished Scholarship Prize (2004); her second book, The Quito Manuscript: An Inca History Preserved by Fernando de Montesinos (Yale University Publications in Anthropology, 2007) recently was published in Ecuador in a Spanish translation. She is currently co-director of a multi-disciplinary project studying the history of the indigenous Chanka people of the central Andes.
Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor Emeritus of History and University Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His academic career has taken him to every country in the Americas except Bolivia and Paraguay and he has published and lectured extensively across the hemisphere. He comments regularly on current events in Latin America and the Caribbean on radio and television and serves on the Advisory Board of the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.
Matt Sayre is an anthropologist and archaeologist who specializes in the past cultures of the Central Andes. His primary fieldwork is at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chavin de Huantar, where he has worked since 2002. His work focuses on the ecological, agricultural, economic, and ritual practices of Andean peoples. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Dakota (USD). In addition, he is a faculty member in the new Sustainability Program. Prior to coming to USD he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford University. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Chicago. In the summer of 2014 he was a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has previously conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, Spain, and Peru.
Dr. Sayre has published numerous articles and book chapters on Andean Archaeology. His work has been published in Andean Past, Ñawpa Pacha, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research / British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, and Left Coast Press. His forthcoming book, Social Perspectives on Environmental Archaeology, co-edited with Maria Bruno, is scheduled to be published by Springer Press in 2015. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Global Heritage Fund, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian's Biodiversity Programs for ten years. A distinguished mammalogist and an internationally recognized authority on bats, he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of over 240 scientific publications and 25 books, including the highly acclaimed Series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 40 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world's greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Africa. Don loves to share his passion for the natural world, and his easygoing nature, sense of humor, and excellent presentations have earned him much praise and a loyal following from Smithsonian travelers.
Michael Scott B.Sc., OBE is now largely retired as a writer and broadcaster on natural history subjects, and is enjoying exploring the world as a lecturer and sharing his wide interest in all of the natural world.
A prolific author, Michael has a degree in botany from the University Of Aberdeen, Scotland. His books include Scottish Wild Flowers, The Young Oxford Book of Ecology and Walk & Eat: Cape Town (written jointly with his wife, Sue). His upcoming book is a definitive guide to (British) mountain flowers in the British Wildlife Collection (Bloomsbury Publications.
Michael is a former Deputy Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, the government conservation agency in Scotland, and a recipient of the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2005 “for services to biodiversity conservation in Scotland”. Michael was deeply inspired by the majesty and complexity of Machu Picchu and the other Inca monuments in the Sacred Valley and looks forward to further exploring them and to sharing with guests his excitement at getting to know the wonderful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
When not on traveling, Michael and his wife Sue live in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.
Dr. Pat Dickerson is a geologist and visiting research fellow with the Jackson School of Geosciences - University of Texas at Austin and the American Geosciences Institute. Her field research focuses on rifts of the world: Iceland, Oslo rift, the Rio Grande rift, as well as on mountain-building: the North American Cordillera and Rocky Mts., Argentine Andes, Sierra Madre Oriental of Mexico, Norwegian and Scottish Caledonides, the southwestern Appalachian chain, and Southern Alps of New Zealand. Long intrigued by the interplay of geologic processes and human activities, she was schooled in geology and classical archaeology (B.A.), then geology/tectonics (Ph.D.) at UT at Austin. She draws from those experiences in leading geological and natural history field seminars for Smithsonian groups (since 2003), for students, and for professional scientists. Pat has served on task forces to develop scientific strategies for exploring the Moon and Mars, and she collaborates with NASA on field training to prepare astronauts for such missions.
Katryn Wiese is a professor of Geology and Oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she has taught field, lab, and lecture classes since 1995. With degrees and training in the Earth and Ocean Sciences from Caltech and Oregon State University, and post-graduate work at Stanford University, her research background is in volcanic chemistry and processes. Her field research experiences include tin-mineralizing granites and sapphire mines in Australia, the Eyjafjöll Volcanic System in Iceland, and seafloor volcanism and hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean offshore the Galapágos Islands and in the Atlantic off the Azores Islands. She has journeyed worldwide as a scientist, gaining extensive local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia and has organized and led geology and oceanography field trips for students, for the National Park Service, and for geoscience professionals at national and international conferences.