H.U.A.C.A. Project

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A unique experience of archaeological exploration and linguistic and cultural immersion in Peru

Dates: June, 3 weeks
Number of Students: 10-12
Leaders: Mark Cutler, Donny Slater
Themes: Language, Archaeology
Deadline: Please note that applications for the HUACA Project are due on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, the Spanish Department, and the History and Social Science Department at Phillips Academy have teamed up to offer students a unique experience of archaeological exploration and linguistic and cultural immersion in Peru. This trip builds on the highly successful 2006 – 2010 B.A.L.A.M. Project that was well established as one of the most exciting expeditionary learning experiences that Andover offers.

The H.U.A.C.A. Project acronym stands for “Human Understanding through Archaeology and Cultural Awareness.” The indigenous Quechua word huaca refers to a sacred place or object such as a pyramid, or even a small stone. It is pronounced WAH-kah.

This program is open to all students who display an interest in archaeology and the Spanish language, regardless of their prior preparation in either subject. With many years’ experience traveling throughout Latin America, leading international student programs and archaeological projects, and fresh from a scouting trip to Peru, the directors of the H.U.A.C.A. Project are well versed in Latin American cultural diversity and have developed trustworthy contacts with transportation, dining, and lodging providers throughout Peru.


Program Highlights

  • Visits to stunning archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu, Chavín de Huántar, Huaca de la Luna, and Cerro Sechín.
  • Customized site tours and lectures by a Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology expert.
  • Language and culture lessons by a P.A. Spanish instructor.
  • Breathtaking multi-day/night trek and camping experience in the Andes mountains.
  • Secure and personable transportation and lodging with known local vendors.
  • Comfortable and clean accommodations in hotels and B&Bs.
  • Exciting overnight home-stay experience at a highland indigenous village.
  • Extensive traditional dining options. Expand your horizons with guinea pig or llama, or choose from mainstream offerings such as poultry, beef, and vegetarian.
  • Interaction with locals, and shopping for indigenous crafts, at colorful artisans’ markets.
  • Visits to amazing museums and Colonial cities such as Cusco and Lima.
  • Opportunity to observe exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.

For more information on the H.U.A.C.A. Project program, contact Don Slater (