In Peru you can discover the history of the country while exploring the ancient trails of Machu Picchu or practice your Spanish while ordering traditional food in the capital city of Lima. There are plenty of great reasons to study in Peru and it offers valuable opportunities to students of all majors.
Peru was home to ancient cultures that go back thousands of years. The Inca Empire arose in the Peruvian highlands in the early 13th century. Machu Picchu, the ancient citadel of the Inca, was only discovered in 1911 by a Yale professor. The site is a treasure of archaeology and seemingly endless discoveries.
Peru also has a rich tradition as the seat of the Spanish colonial empire. The Spanish history of Peru is evident throughout the country. In 1532 the Spanish soldier and explorer Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru and within just a few years, the Inca empire had been defeated by the Spanish. Spain ruled Peru until the early 1820's, creating the fascinating part Spanish, part indigenous culture still present today.
Peru has become a stable country and a great destination for students who are interested in immersing themselves in Latin American culture. Peruvian culture is modern in that it reflects the common melding of culture in our world, and living and studying there will only help to make students more open and accepting of other cultures and peoples.