Peru’s natural diversity provides a stunning backdrop for a wealth of ancient civilizations, including the cities of the Inca, the most powerful empire in Pre-Columbian South America. Today more than half the country’s population is indigenous, descended from the Inca and pre-Inca civilizations of Chavin, Paraas, Nazca, Moche and Wari. Part of Peru’s strength rests in its long history of civilization, parts of which survive today in the indigenous languages and customs passed down through generations.
Peru possesses a wealth of natural beauty. The Amazon River spills down the eastern slopes of the glacier-capped Andes and runs 4200 miles into the sprawling Amazonian Basin. Millions of classified plant and animal species, and countless others which remain to be discovered, find their niche in the Amazonian rainforest. This forest plays a crucial role in moderating world climatic patterns, reducing greenhouse gases and supplying rare medicinal plants used to make drugs such as anesthetics and antibiotics.
This trip will provide a unique, first-time GIS mapping expedition of educators into the Peruvian Amazon. Participants on this trip will have the opportunity to experience this wondrous region not only through the lens of the camera, but also through the use of geospatial technologies and scientific instrumentation to more fully understand the vast flora and fauna that abounds at every turn.