Meet Quecha-speaking weavers and farmers in a highland community to learn about their work. Explore the village, discover ancient customs, taste local dishes and join in a traditional blessing. Then, at the mountainside Maras Salt Mine, view the chalky-white, terraced salt pools hand-harvested by local families since Incan times and filled by an underground natural spring.
Admire Cusco's lovely architecture on a city tour, with free time after for exploring and lunch. Drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Urubamba Valley, a stunning, open landscape of farms and villages set amid mountain slopes. Stop at an interpretive center and learn how camelid fleece is used in weaving.
Spend three days hiking the Inca Trail and descend to Machu Pichu, one of the world's most important archaeological sites. Explore this masterfully planned site of steep agricultural terraces, palaces, grassy plazas and stone temples with a guide.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Arrive in Cusco
Day 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley (Urubamba)
Day 4: Sacred Valley
Day 5: Inca Trail
Day 6: Inca Trail
Day 7: Inca Trail
Day 8: Machu Picchu
Day 9: Depart for gateway city
*** Itinerary and price subject to change until final brochure publication ***
Robert Bonner and Leslie Butler will join the group and frame discussions around their own specialities in North American History. Both seasoned faculty members at Dartmouth, they will direct attention to the cycles of historical innovation and disruption, the drama of the 20th century rediscovery of an Inca “lost city," and the ongoing need of modern societies to grapple with the complex stories of ancient societies.
A native of Tennessee, Professor Bonner is a historian of 19th century North America and the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography. Most of his scholarship has focused on the sectional crisis that led free and slave states towards Civil War and then to an uneasy post-emancipation peace. Previous books include Colors and Blood: Flag Passions of the Confederate South (Princeton University Press), The Soldiers Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the American Civil War (Hill and Wang); and Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood(Cambridge University Press). He has two books in progress: a biographical study of Confederate Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens titled Master of Lost Causes and an account of Confederate commerce raiding, privateering, and slave trading, titled Slaveocrats At Sea:The Global Menace of a Maritime Southern Confederacy . Among the primary themes of his scholarship is the problem of violence, the working of visual culture, and the metageographies of the American "South."
Professor Butler primarily teaches courses in American cultural and intellectual history. She received her doctorate at Yale University and taught at Reed College and James Madison College (at Michigan State University) before coming to Dartmouth in 2003. Her research has explored the contours and complexities of 19th-century Anglo-American liberalism. Her first book, Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform, examines a group of liberal intellectuals who sought to remake public life in the second half of the nineteenth century. Her current project (titled "American Democracy and 'The Woman Question'") explores what debates over women's role in the family, economy, and polity can tell us about political thought in the nineteenth century.