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Bill Sapp

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Bill Sapp is an archaeologist with special expertise in the Andes. He has been leading archaeological and cultural tours of Peru for more than a decade and is an expert in the Inca sites of Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the Sacred Valley, and other sites located in and around Cuzco. Bill serves as a director for the non-profit corporation Conservation Volunteers International Program, where he organizes and leads groups of volunteers who work with the Peruvian Cultural Ministry to maintain and preserve Inca ruins in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. He also works with the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment to help maintain biodiversity within the Sanctuary. Bill received his Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, where his doctoral dissertation documented his excavations at Cabur, a country palace located on Peru’s north coast. He also excavated at the Chimú administrative center of Algarrobal de Moro and the Lambayeque/ Chimú administrative center at Farfán. Dr. Sapp teaches part-time at California State University San Bernardino, where his courses include South American archaeology, an introduction to world civilizations, and an archaeological field school co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He also serves as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service and as a tribal liaison between the U.S. government and 11 federally recognized Indian tribes.

What Our Travelers Say

Professor Sapp was very good. He is very enthusiastic about Peruvian archaeology and his knowledge and experience in the Peruvian cultures really shows. He is also very enjoyable and easy to understand. 

- Previous Traveler, Legendary Peru

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Legendary Peru

11 days | Starting at: $5,187
Nov 3, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021

World of the Inca and Machu Picchu
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