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  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Chiclayo, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Huaraz, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Trujillo, Peru
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Ancient History Archaeology

Ancient History and Archaeology of Peru

This program runs every other year in odd years (next offering January 2019). If you are interested in this program save it to your profile.

Explore the fascinating yet diverse and complex ancient cultures of Peru. Visit key archaeological sites and museums from Chiclayo to Cusco including Machu Picchu, Caral, El Brujo, Huaca de la Luna, Chan Chan and more! This course’s prominent themes revolve around several key questions: How is it possible that complex civilizations arise in hostile ecologies?  What are the triggers for the developments of states and empires? Why do some cultures flourish, while others collapse in violence? And, do cultures really ever ‘collapse?’  What were the underpinnings of Andean cultures, which seemed to have held ideas and practices remarkably alien to Western Civilization? 

Program Details


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Application Checklist

Credits offered:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 330: Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western (fulfills the college requirement in non-Western culture)
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • History (HIST) 387: Topics in Global History (satisfies the Mason core requirement in global understanding)
  • Honors (HNRS) 240: Reading the Past
  • Anthropology (ANTH) 635: Regional Ethnography
  • History (HIST) 598: Historical Study Abroad


Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2017): $4625

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Housing
  • In-country travel, including domestic flights
  • Train through mountains to Machu Picchu
  • Entry fees to sites
  • Some meals (daily breakfast, a couple of lunches and 1 dinner)
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending


Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Haagen Klaus

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Students arrive in Lima; City Tour
Day 2 Day excursion to Caral; Overnight bus to Huaraz
Day 3 Full day excursion to Chavín de Huantar
Day 4 Bus to Trujillo
Day 5 Chan Chan and Huanchaco
Day 6 El Brujo; Travel to Chiclayo
Day 7 Lord of Sipan, Huaca Ventarrón and Tumbas Reales Museum
Day 8 Bosque de Pomac, Sican Museum and Tucume
Day 9 Flight from Chiclayo to Cusco
Day 10 City tour of Cusco; Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay
Day 11 Chinchero and Ollantaytambo; Evening train to Aguas Calientes
Day 12 Full day at Machu Picchu
Day 13 Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Day 14 Morning flight from Cusco to Lima; Students depart for the U.S. in the afternoon

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.