Explore the wonders of Peru from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and beyond. Begin the journey in bustling Lima with an exploration of its historic downtown and a look at the renowned Larco Herrera Museum's vast collection of artifacts. Continue to the Sacred Valley, the archaeological center of the Americas. At the Awanakancha Alpaca Center, learn about Andean weaving traditions and get an up-close look at llamas, alpacas and endangered vicuñas. Visit the famous Pisac Market, where the indigenous Quechua communities from the surrounding highlands come to sell their produce and goods. Enjoy a guided birding walk, and a visit to the Moray Archeological Site where you will participate in a traditional earth payment, an ancient Pachamama ceremony. Next, embark a train to Aguas Calientes and meet your expert archeologist for a guided exploration of Machu Picchu — the Lost City of the Incas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay in your very own adobe casita and wander among the world’s largest native orchid collection boasting 372 species at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Your journey culminates in Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Highlights include a walking stroll through the city's historic area, a visit to the Sacsayhuaman fortress, a cultural exchange with a Peruvian family and a lesson on Andean music and Inca instrumentation.
About the Study Leader
Andrew J. Hamilton, Lecturer, Art of the Ancient Americas, Princeton University will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.
Andrew Hamilton is a scholar of the art and architecture of the ancient Americas, specializing in the Andes. His work is deeply invested in analyzing objects, how they were made, used, and eventually disused, in order to understand why they were created and what cultural meanings they bore. After completing his PhD at Harvard, Hamilton was a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University and was a chercheur in the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale in the Collège de France in Paris. He has been a fellow at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, a visiting fellow at the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, a junior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, and an Alianza-Mayer fellow at the Denver Art Museum. On a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Hamilton researched at the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin and at archaeological sites and museums throughout the Andes. He first lived in Peru in 2005 working with highland weavers in the Cuzco region and travels regularly back to the country for research. Hamilton's first book, Scale and the Incas, will be published by Princeton University Press in the spring of 2018.
At Princeton, Hamilton has taught a wide range of courses on ancient North, Central and South American arts and cultures, as well as more theoretically oriented seminars on issues of scale. His classes heavily engage the collection of the Princeton University Art Museum, giving students the opportunity to handle and examine objects firsthand. On this journey, Hamilton will bring to life the Incan Art and Architecture along our route and explain both modern and ancient Andean culture.