An Amazonian Journey in Peru
Travel Dates: May 18 - 29, 2020
Class Meeting Times: Mondays & Thursdays (11:30am – 12:50pm), Honors College, N106, College Avenue Campus
Program Costs: TBD (~$1,200- 1,500)
Course Number: 01:090:296:H5, 3 credits and Study Abroad 1-credit (Honors Students will receive a total of 4 credits). Once you are approved and committed for the trip, you will receive an SPN to register for for the seminar.
As part of the Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar "An Amazonian Journey", Professor Jorge Marcone will be leading students on a trip to Peru. This field experience consists of 10 nights in the city of Iquitos, and surrounding areas, in the Peruvian Amazon. We will visit sites in urban and rural Amazonia where we will witness initiatives, adventures, and locations narrated in the fictions and films discussed throughout the Honors Seminar. We will focus on issues of biodiversity, and policies and politics of conservation.
The visit to Iquitos and the nearby areas will include:
- Exploring the history of Iquitos during the Rubber Boom (1880-1920), and current environmental problems.
- Visiting the FORMABIAP Intercultural College where indigenous students pursue studies for becoming bilingual and bicultural teachers in their own communities.
- Being hosted by indigenous community in the town of Padrecocha (by the Nanay River) and the peasant community of San Rafael (by the Amazon River).
- Camping out at a forest protected by the the community and at the Allpahuayo-Mishana Reserve.
- Participating in supervised excursions throughout the Reserve guided by the rangers.
It is recommended to get a vaccine for yellow fever at least ten days in advance of the trip, and to take the prescription of pills against malaria.