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Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Program Description

Through a hospitality lens, get to know Peru in its energetic capital of Lima, and trace Spain’s influence to modern times. With your blood pumping, you’ll ascend into the clouds to Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire and a gateway to pure adventure. See the impossibly perfect Incan masonry at Sacsayhuamán, staggering Incan agricultural laboratories—and who knew alpaca fur was so soft?

This 10-day program includes a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, as well as two nights in an Amazon Lodge location in the Amazon rainforest.

Location Description

Rolling mountains, steep green valleys, and handmade textiles in bright reds, oranges, and yellows, make Peru a symphony of color and culture. Take in the indigenous history at Machu Picchu, see the Maras salt ponds, and don’t be afraid to try uniquely Peruvian cuisine. Lima has a vibrant food-scene and is home to many different history and art museums.

The city of Cuzco, was once the capital of the Incan Empire, and is now an entry way to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru's Andean highlands. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and former Incan villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Our groups stay at the base of Machu Picchu in a small town known as Aguas Calientes.

Finally, students will travel to Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the Madre de Dios region. Located in the Amazon rainforest at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, the small frontier town was founded more than 100 years ago during a latex rubber boom.


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Accommodations will be provided for students in three or four star tourist rated hotels. Students will be in shared rooms with three or four students per room. Students can upgrade to a twin or single room. Hotels will be located near public transportation and private coach bus will be provided to activities.

All breakfasts, all dinners (except travel days), a ceviche cooking class, and all meals for the Amazon lodge extension are included in the cost of the program.

Additional Items to Consider

The visa to enter Peru is not required if a student has a valid US passport.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: HM 211 | Overview of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Junior or Senior level

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HM 498: Special Topics in Hospitality and Tourism Management: Intercultural Studies and Tourism in Peru (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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