Pillcopata, Peru
English instruction with 2-credit Spanish Language & Culture course
Fall, Spring
18 credits
Rolling admissions


With The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester program in Peru, students are able to explore the vast biodiversity of the region, from the glacial origins of the headwaters of the Amazon in the Andean highlands, to the Amazonian lowland rainforests, and all of the cultures, conservation practices, and livelihoods in between. The program examines the balance of conservation and development, as well as strategies to protect this productive region of South America.

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  • Explore a variety of biomes—lowland tropical rainforest, upland forests and grasslands—in the Andes-Amazon region
  • Including Machu Picchu, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, investigating highland tropical forests, historical and modern methods of natural resource management, and the interface between society and the environment
  • Examine resource management and tourism in the Sacred Valley, renowned for its meeting of two distinct cultures—Inca and Spanish
  • Stay in the Amazonian rainforest, visiting the Villa Carmen Biological Station in the town of Pillcopata, to gain an understanding of research being conducted in the rainforest and the livelihoods of a community inextricably linked to the rainforest
  • Visit floodplain rainforests in the Manu Biosphere Reserve to understand the different forest types and species composition of one of the most biodiverse areas in the world
  • Learn and practice a series of field techniques to collect data on biodiversity and habitats: looking at tree fern diversity along elevation gradients, assessing the functional morphology of butterflies and bats, or measuring forest composition along a vegetation cover gradient
  • Consider the impacts of elevation, slope, and aspect on species distributions

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