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  • Locations: Aguas Calientes, Peru; Chiclayo, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Huaraz, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Nazca, Peru; Trujillo, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Andean Archaeology  

The ancient cultures of Peru have long fascinated archaeologists and the public alike. The 1911 rediscovery of the Inka city of Machu Picchu ignited the imagination about Peru, and this fascination continues today.  In this study abroad program students will embark on a journey exposing them the collective technological, social, political, and economic achievements that makes Andean civilization a truly unique chapter in the story of humankind, experiencing firsthand the archaeological remains reflecting the history, cultures, art, and even beliefs systems of Andean prehistory. The itinerary will move in temporal and geographic fashion to cover and visit sites on Pacific coast to the highlands, moving from the development of early cultures to chiefdoms, states, and empires with special focus on the Chavín, Moche, Nasca, Chimú, and Inka cultures, from Huaraz to Trujillo, Chiclayo, and Cuzco.

This program will consist of 3-credits to be completed online prior to arriving in-country where students will earn 3 additional credits.

Online Course Dates: May 22- June 9, 2017
In-country Course Dates: June 11-July 1, 2017


Program Details

Seeking credit for the following:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 379: Andean Archaeology*
  • 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) 570: Andean Archaeology*
  • Anthropology (ANTH) 635: Regional Ethnography
  • History (HIST) 598: Historical Study Abroad
*These two courses will only be offered online. All undergraduate students will take ANTH 379 plus one other course of their choosing and all graduate students will take ANTH 570 plus one other course of their choosing.


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


Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Summer 2017): $4,995

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Accommodations 
  • Some meals
  • Group excursions and activities, including transportation
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1-19 Online Course Work
Day 20 Travel Day/ Free Day
Day 21 Students arrive in Lima, Peru; Afternoon/Evening: City Tour
Day 22 Full Day: Caral; Overnight Bus to Huaraz
Day 23 Full Day: Chavin de Huan
Day 24 Free Day; Overnight Bus to Trujillo
Day 25 Morning Free; Afternoon/Evening: City Tour
Day 26 Full Day: Huacas, Chan Chan and Huanchaco
Day 27 Morning Transfer to Chiclayo; Afternoon/ Evening Free
Day 28 Morning: Huaca Ventarron and Huaca Rajada; Afternoon: Tumbas Reales Museum
Day 29 Morning: Sican Museum; Afternoon: Bosque de Pomac
Day 30 Morning: Tucume and Huaca Las Balsas; Afternoon/ Evening Free
Day 31 Morning: Morrope and Eten; Overnight Bus to Lima
Day 32 Bus to Nazca; Afternoon/ Evening Free
Day 33 Morning: Flight over Nazca Lines; Afternoon: Antonini Museum and Aqueductos de Cantayoc
Day 34 Morning: Cahuachi; Afternoon: Bus to Lima
Day 35  Morning: Flight to Cusco; Afternoon/ Evening Free
Day 36 Morning: City Tour and San Blas; Afternoon: Sacsayhuaman and Qenko
Day 37 Full Day: Chinchero, Marasm Moray and Ollantaytambo; Evening;Train to Aguas Calientes
Day 38 Full Day: Machu Picchu
Day 39 Morning: Free; Afternoon; Train to Cusco
Day 40 Full Day: Baroque Route, Pikillacta and Tipon
Day 41 Morning: Flight to Lima; Afternoon: Students depart for the US

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

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Haagen Klaus

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.