Study Abroad


Peru: Climate Change in the Andes

Leaders: Dr. Baker Perry ( and Dr. Song Shu (

Dates: July 7th-23rd, 2023


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 and the Sacred Valley, upper Amazon cloud forest, 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 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.

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.

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

  • GHY 2300 – Mountain Environments & People
  • GHY 3600 – Snow & Ice

Cost: $5,250

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

September 16th, 2022. App State Mountaineers Experience Real-World Climate Science in Peru. Appalachian Today.

June 1st, 2021. Dr. Baker Perry Inspires Students to Reach New Heights. Appalachian Today.

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.