Peru is a country rich in history, as it is home to the oldest city in the Americas, Caral. It's also host to countless sites of archaeological interest, or ruins, from the Inca Empire and many other pre-Columbian civilizations, perhaps the most notable of which is Machu Picchu, which is an included trip in the Semester in Cusco program. Peru also boasts impressive coastline with some of the richest waters in the world. Head into the highlands for spectacular scenery and cultures that retain centuries-old traditions.
When going between the two main cities of Lima and Cusco, you'll think you're in two completely different countries. Coastal Lima is the country's largest city with about 9 million people and the political and economic capital. Cusco is set in a high valley flanked by the Andes mountains, with a population of less than half a million. Cusco is considered Peru's cultural and historical capital, as the city center consists of a blend of Spanish colonial and Incan architecture.
When you study abroad in Peru, you can choose to study in Cusco for either a semester or summer, or in Lima for a semester. These cities offer the incredible chance to study Spanish abroad in a friendly and inviting environment while you get to know the best of Peru! You’ll love the colorful and happy feel of both cities, and all of the various excursions where you’ll get to see some of Peru’s natural and cultural beauty.