Chile Indigenous Cultures and Colonial History
Orientation in Santiago
Your introduction to Chilean culture takes you from Chile’s capital city to Chilean country towns surrounded by the magnificent Andes. In Santiago, practice your Spanish skills as you navigate the capital, visit the presidential palace, and feel the energy and vibrancy of Chile’s largest city. Then, spend time exploring vibrant markets, interviewing local residents, sampling regional foods, and walking through colonial plazas in the historic country towns of San Felipe or Los Andes.
From Santiago, head north to a small city located between the arid desert region of El Norte Grande and Chile’s lush Central Valley. For the next two weeks, play pick-up soccer games in local parks, attend school events with your host siblings, visit area beaches, and learn about the impact of mining on the local economy and culture.
Explore the Elqui Valley vineyards; visit the Recova artisans’ market; travel to the seaside village of Caldera; enjoy the beach at Bahia Inglesa.
Sample host communities:
La Serena, Copiapó
Take part in a community service project, with residents from your host community.
Work with local nonprofit social service organizations to repair and refurbish community buildings; paint a community school and organize activities for children; renovate facilities in a home for the terminally ill.
Eco-Adventure in El Norte Grande
Journey to the land of the Incas, the Atacameños, and the Diaguitas to explore the beauty of the North — from the world’s driest desert, the Atacama, to the northernmost tip of the Chilean Andes. Indigenous cultures and colonial history come together as you explore oasis towns, visit an Aymara community, and take part in a festival in the small town of La Tirana. You also work on a community service project before heading into the town of San Pedro in the heart of the Atacama Desert.
Visit an archaeological museum to see the remains of ancient Andean cultures; sand ski the massive Atacama dunes; hike the Andes to explore the Tatio geysers; visit the oldest colonial church in Chile; explore the world’s largest open-pit copper mine; observe dormant volcanoes, nesting colonies of flamingos, and the Chaxa Lagoon; watch the sunset over “Moon Valley”; find a quiet spot to gaze at the millions of stars that light the cool desert night.
1 year Spanish
June 24, 2013 - July 20, 2013
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