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.

Starting at: $8,593 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu  A pair of Blue-footed Boobies  Quechua woman out for an afternoon stroll Credit: Lola Akinmade  Llama overlooking Machu Picchu   Exploring the renowned stone work of Machu Picchu   The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  Terraced landscape of Písac in the Sacred Valley  Town square in Lima  The historic city center of Cuzco  A tortoise and a traveler   Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs  Mother and baby seal  Seals basking on the beach  A colorful Sally Lightfoot crab  A frigate bird

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos

16 days from $8,593 | 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.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Mar 3 - 18, 2018 Departure; Nov 3 - 18, 2018 Departure
Franklin Knight

Franklin Knight

Franklin W. Knight joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He was appointed the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History from 1991 to 2014, when he entered emeritus status. Knight’s research interests focus on social, political and cultural aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean especially after the eighteenth century as well as on American slave systems in their comparative dimensions.  Knight has lectured widely across North and South America, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Japan. He has traveled to Cuba 63 times during the past 35+ years.

Knight has graduated from the University College of the West Indies-London in 1964 where he earned a B.A. He also earned M. A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught for several years at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin, Howard University, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, Colgate University, and in Spain at the Pablo de Olavide University, The University of Huelva, and the University of Andalucía. He has also served on visiting advisory committees of Harvard University, Princeton University, City University of New York, Swarthmore College, Ohio State University, Colgate University, The Schomburg Library, The University of Florida at Gainesville and the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.

Knight has held research fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Ford Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. He has served on committees of the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Inter-American Foundation, the National Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Conference of Latin American History, The Latin American Studies Association, The American Council of Learned Societies, The Historical Society, and the Association of Caribbean Historians. He is a founding member of The Asociación de Historiadores de América Latina y el Caribe (ADHILAC), the Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanos (AHILA), and The Asociación de Historia Económica del Caribe (AHEC).

His analyses of Latin American and Caribbean problems have been aired on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the McNeill/Lehrer Report, C-Span, as well as on many local programs on commercial and public radio and television stations across the United States. He served as academic consultant and appeared in seven television programs Columbus and the Age of DiscoveryThe Buried Mirror;  AmericasPlagued: Invisible ArmiesCrucible of Empire: The War of 1898The Crucible of the Millennium; and The Louisiana Purchase. 

Apr 28 - May 13, 2018 Departure; Sep 15 - 30, 2018 Departure
Regina Harrison

Regina Harrison

Regina Harrison is a specialist in the language of the Incas, Quechua.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is Professor Emerita 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).

May 5 - 20, 2018 Departure
Matt Sayre

Matt Sayre

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.

Jun 16 - Jul 1, 2018 Departure
David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer is an expert in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American studies. At Boston University he was Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Co-Director of the Peru Summer program, which he helped to found. Currently as Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science, he continues to teach courses on Latin American history and Conflict and Confict Resolution in Latin America. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he was at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies.

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). He continues to lecture regularly at U.S. State Department and U.S. military training facilities. 

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).

Jul 14 - 29, 2018 Departure
Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds is Professor of Geology at Brevard College, teaching all Geology courses and a section of Introductory Environmental Science. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science (1975) and Master’s 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.

Aug 4 - 19, 2018 Departure
Robyn Cutright

Robyn Cutright

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 MayasPyramids 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.

Oct 20 - Nov 4, 2018 Departure
Pat Dickerson

Pat Dickerson

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.