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CWT Peru - PED 399: Machu Picchu/Titicaca Lake
Machu Picchu, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Course w/ Travel FL
Restrictions: SUNY Oswego applicants only
Budget Sheets Course w/ Travel FL
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Course w/ Travel FL 2015 09/15/2015 10/15/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Housing Options: Program arranged housing
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
CWT or Q Course International airfare:
Included Program Type: Faculty-led, First Year Experience
SUNY Code: 842 Included in Program Fee: Accommodations, Full Health Insurance Coverage, International Coach Flight, Most Meals, Program-related Tours
NOT Included in Program Fee:
Connecting Flight, Essential Climbing Gear, Incidental Meals, Passport, Spending Money (including tips), Vaccinations Program Coordinator: Mary Kerr -
Program Description:
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This program is open to matriculated students at SUNY Oswego ONLY

The Program
SUNY Oswego's Office of International Education and Programs and the Department of Health and Wellness Management are offering a unique educational program providing students with an opportunity to not only visit, explore and learn about Peru but to conquer a truly great physical feat, hiking the Inca trial to Machu Picchu.  This course,  commonly known as "Together We Go" - will be in the Fall 2014 schedule, covering important topics in fitness, health, nutrition, and Peru's culture and history followed by the trip to Peru in January 2015.  In addition to hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the trip includes Lake Titicaca, Huchuy Qosqo Day trek, and Sacred Valley tour.

Also planned: This program may be available to approved students who are willing to conduct research and participate in discussions focused on the Lake Titicaca ecosystem (BIO 301).  The students taking BIO 301 are required to fulfill the requirements of PED 399 plus additional research under the supervison of Dr. Richard Back. Please contact Dr. Back at to further discuss this option.

Note: Enrollment in the program will be limited to a select group of serious students.

Special Note on Climbing Fitness
PED 399: Peru-Climbing Machu Picchu is designed to instruct students on proper mountain climbing techniques, methods, health, safety, and preparation.  It culminates with a climb of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which takes approximately 5 days. The climb will be physically and mentally challenging. Only students and travelers who are seriously motivated, physically fit, and mentally prepared will be permitted to participate. Before and during the climb, participants' fitness and readiness,to engage in the arduous trek will be continuously monitored by the course instructors and on site climbing guides chosen by SUNY Oswego. Students and travelers must adhere to instructors at all times, including returning (or not partaking) from the climb if instructed.

ALL participants are required to:
  • Attend class (tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:30pm)

  • Attend Fitness program (tentatively scheduled on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 am)

  • Take a test climb (tentatively scheduled for Giant Mountain in the Adirondacks in October).  The test climb is required for all participants (PED 399 and BIO 301) to determine their fitness and readiness for the program.

  • Actively participate in the Oswego Going Global events/programs planned to raise funds for the Study Abroad Scholarship.

BIO 301 participants are additionally required to meet each week to discuss assigned readings and research projects. (TBD by Dr. Richard Back).

Special Note on Climbing Preparation
This course will instruct students and travelers on proper climbing methods, health, safety, and preparation.  Part of essential mountain climbing preparation is proper equipment and clothing.  The program will provide the essential life saving and communication equipment, as well as tents and cooking supplies.  However, all participants will need to bring with them clothing, boots, and other gear essential for a healthy and successful climb.

Course instructors will teach and demonstrate proper techniques and preparation as well as inspect students' equipment prior to departure.  Students and travelers are permitted to acquire these articles in any manner, but must be aware that once on site in Peru, only travelers who are equipped and ready to climb will be allowed to participate.  Essential gear (to be acquired by student/traveler at own expense) includes but is not limited to the following:

Shell over quality undergarments (fleece, etc) Rain Coat
Camel Back Daypack Gloves
Boots Socks (multiple pairs)
Headlamp Walking Pole(s)
Sleeping Bag (Down or Synthetic)  

Special Note on Topics in Biology: Lake Titicaca (BIO 301):
Interested students should contact Dr. Richard Back ( for further information. Note: this program option is subject to approval by Dr. Back and the program leader, Dr. Nojan.

For additional information, please visit the faculty (Mehran Nojan) page:

Tentative Schedule  (for a detailed itinerary, click here)

Saturday, January 3 Depart the U.S.
Sunday, January 4 Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the Cusco Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mama Simone to check in.  In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Monday, January 5 Sacred Valley Day Tour
Tuesday, January 6 Huchuy Qosqo Day Trek
Wednesday, January 7 Cusco - Km 82 - Llactapata
After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Chilca, we embark on the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba River and we camp at night at Llactapata (2,788m).
Thursday, January 8 Llactapata - Llulluchapampa
We trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba.  The path continues following a mountain stream past humming birds and amazing stunted cloud forest.  Our camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llullushapampa (3,680m). 
Friday, January 9 Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca
Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4,200m). We then descend into the Pacasmayu Valley and then climb again passing the Inca ruins of Rucuraca. We continue to Phuyupatamarca, where we camp (3,650m).
Saturday, January 10 Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu - Aguas Caliente
Our final day of hiking brings us down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairways to Winay Wayna.  Finally we contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku. We pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Sunday, January 11 Machu Picchu Tour-Cusco
Monday, January 12 Cusco Day at Leisure
Tuesday, Janaury 13 Cusco - Lake Titicaca
Early morning transfer from hotel to take the train to Puno.
Wednesday, January 14 Lake Titicaca Day Leisure
Thursday, January 15 Lake Titicaca Homestay On Amantani Island
Friday, January 16 Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Saturday, January 17 Return to the US.


Housing and Meals
Hotels and camps (shared accommodations).  All meals are included.

Program Costs (budget sheet)

Course with travel Fall

Course Enrollment & Requirements
The study visit is a required component of the 3-credit "PED 399/BIO 301 Peru - Climbing Machu Picchu/Lake Titicaca" course.  The course meets weekly during the Fall semester, and a course syllabus will be provided with course requirements.

Participants must be matriculated Oswego students.  Admitted students will be registered for  "PED 399 or BIO 301 Peru - Climbing Machu Picchu/Lake Titicaca" during course registration by the Office of International Education and Programs.

Submit completed applications with a $600 deposit (cash or money order made out to "Auxiliary Services) and the Peru Participation Agreement by July 15th to the Office of International Education and Programs.  Earlier applications strongly encouraged.

Updated: 04/22/2014

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