During the Inca Empire, Cusco was one of the largest cities in the world. Even in the 21st century, Cusco remains a culturally significant city that provides flashbacks into the historical memory of Peru and the Andean region as a whole. This recognized World Heritage City showcases the remains of the Incan empire and the Spanish colonization; a walk through its picturesque historic core presents 3,000 years of indigenous development and transatlantic cultural fusion.
Cusco's variety of daytime and nighttime activities, historical heritage, varied geography, and culinary reputation brings in over 2 million tourists a year. Among the many things to do include visiting pre-Columbian ruins such as Machu Picchu, colonial period buildings such as stately mansions and churches, and a range of outdoor activities from hiking, mountain biking and river rafting.
Housing and Meals
We will be living in a refurbished colonial building within the historic World Heritage core of the city. A few minutes walking distance from the main plaza, we will have a wide variety of international and national restaurants to sample for our meals.
|Accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.
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