Study Abroad


Peru: Climate Change in the Andes

Leader: Dr. Baker Perry (

Dates: July 6th-22nd, 2022 (+ two pre-program meetings)

Description: This intensive program introduces students to climate change impacts in the Andes through direct field experience and research activities, readings, discussions, and meetings with local experts. Field excursions to Machu Picchu, other locations in the Sacred Valley, and a five-day trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota (with strenuous ascents to 17,000 ft) will provide an outstanding setting for investigation of the impacts of climate variability and change on tropical glaciers, ecosystems, water resources, and local communities. All student participants will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of climate change and its impacts in the Andes Mountains through assigned readings, field data collection and reports, a journal, response papers, and a final exam. In addition, each student will demonstrate detailed knowledge of a selected topic by facilitating a 30-minute seminar.

The Sacred Valley and Cordillera Vilcanota in southern Peru offer a fantastic opportunity to learn about climate change, glaciers, and water resources, while also offering the possibility to develop closer ties to local communities. Program Director Dr. Perry has spent approximately 4.5 years in the Andes Mountains, primarily in Bolivia and Peru. He has led or co-led 14 short-term study abroad courses to Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador while at Appalachian and has led or co-led 19 scientific research expeditions in the region. Perry and local collaborators also operate one of the highest weather stations in the world on the Quelccaya Icecap and data from this station will be integrated into course activities.

Courses: Students must be enrolled in any two of the following courses:

  • GHY 1011-145: Global Climate Change (4)
  • GHY 3140-145: Mountains Environments and People (3)
  • GHY 3600-145: Snow and Ice (3)

Cost: $3,349.60

For more information and to apply, see the Office of International Education and Development's Faculty-Led Programs page.

 2018 Trip Videos

In The News

March 15th, 2019. From the Appalachians to the Andes. Appalachian Today.

February 14th, 2017. Studying Precipitation Patterns. Appalachian Magazine.

October 7th, 2016. From General Education Geography Class to NOAA Scholarship. Appalachian Magazine.

June 28th, 2012. Scientists, Students and Quechua Community Partner to Understand Climate Change. Appalachian Magazine.