By: Cole Campbell

Where can you trek through the impressive Andes Mountains, experience thriving ancient cultures, canoe on the piranha-infested Amazon river, sand board down America’s highest sand dunes and surf on the beach with the biggest recorded wave in South America? Peru has every type of environmental ecosystem imaginable, making it a prime destination for any adventurist. When many people think of Peru, they immediately think of Machu Picchu, but visitors will be astonished to find out that the country has much more to offer.

One of the things that Peruvians are most proud to share with eager visitors is their gastronomy. Peru was named the world’s leading culinary travel destination by the World Travel Awards for the second year in a row. Locals’ and tourists’ both enjoy the classic dishes of ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice), anticuchos (beef hearts), and cuy (guinea pig), among more “traditional” choices as well. The capital city of Lima is home to more than 9 million people of a variety of ethnicity and races. Lima was founded in 1535 by the conquistador

Francisco Pizarro and is the home to the oldest university in all of the Americas, the University of San Marcos, founded in 1551. Lima hosted the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference this past December.

Students can take advantage of Oklahoma State’s reciprocal exchange partner in Lima at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and experience the country for themselves in a semester or year-long immersion program. Our affiliated partners offer opportunities to study at both Lima and Cusco, giving students many options to live the Peruvian dream.



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