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Travel to Peru with the Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2007 – The Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture, a center of the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, presents "The Majesty and Mystery of Peru," an annual summer trip to a destination rich in both ancient and contemporary culture from July 31-Aug. 13, 2008.

This trip will be led by Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni, architecture professor and director of the Wiss Center. Deadline to register for this trip is April 2, 2008.

The 15-day journey begins in Lima, Peru, the “City of Kings” and once the center of Spain’s colonial empire, to examine its colonial architecture and an archaeological museum containing pre-Columbian textiles, gold, pottery, and adorned mummies.

The trip continues through coastal Chiclayo, where the Moche and Lambayeque cultures flourished; Chachapoyas, the region of the mysterious “Cloud People;” the pre-Inca walled city of Kuelap; the cliff tombs at Yerbabuena; Cajamarca, one of the largest cities in the Inca empire; Cusco, which the Incas believed was the source of all life; Ollantaytambo, Peru’s best surviving Inca fortress; and Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas."

“The Majesty and Mystery of Peru” trip costs $2,795 per person (based on double room occupancy. There is an additional $395 supplement for participants who prefer a single room). A deposit of $850 per person is required by April 2, 2008.

For terms, conditions, and more information, contact Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni at (540) 231-5324.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of three schools and the Department of Art and Art History, part of the multi-college School of the Arts. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint school of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering, includes programs in building construction and construction management. The college enrolls nearly 2,000 students offering 24 degrees taught by 153 faculty members.