Images from last semester’s Honors trip to Peru

In addition to serving as chair of the Visual & Critical Studies and Art History Departments at SVA, Tom Huhn is also the coordinator for the school’s Honors Program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program open to incoming freshmen in Advertising, Animation, Cartooning, Computer Art, Design, Film, Fine Arts, Illustration, and Photography and Video. The Honors Program provides a more challenging liberal arts and studio curriculum, along with additional special events such as lectures and museum and studio visits. In addition, Honors students go on a one-week trip abroad during their third year spring recess. While on the trip, they visit historical sites, learn about the region’s artistic and architectural traditions, and get to experience a little of the local culture. Past destinations have included Warsaw, Florence, Mumbai, Oaxaca, Palermo, Istanbul, and Prague.

This year, the Honors group went to Peru, where they visited Inca ruins and other sites in and around Cusco, and then hiked through the village of Pisac on the way to the Lares Trail and Machu Picchu. In addition to Tom, the group was accompanied by VCS faculty members Steve DeFrank, Suzanne Joelson, and Justin Elm. Today’s post features a few images from the trip; you can find more on the VCS Flickr page.


Cusco, Peru 2

A view of Cusco, location of the ancient Inca capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tom, Steve, and Suzanne

Left to right: Tom Huhn, Steve DeFrank, and Suzanne Joelson.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco

The Plaza de Armas in Cusco

Saksaywaman, Cusco 2

The Honors group at the ruins of the ancient fortress-temple complex at Saksaywaman, located just outside Cusco. This was the largest structure built by the ancient Incas.

Saksaywaman, Cusco 3

A view of some of the stonework at Saksaywaman.

Pisac 2

The Andean village of Pisac.

Pisac Market

The Pisac marketplace.

Pisac 3

The group leaves Pisac and begins their hike to the Lares Trail.

Pre-trek hike through Pisac 2

The hike to the Lares Trail continues.

Pre-trek hike through Pisac 1

A final look back at Pisac.

Starting out on the Lares Trek to Macchu Picchu.

Starting out on the Lares Trek to Macchu Picchu.

Lares Trek 2

Camping out during on Lares Trek.

5am Wake Up Call

A 5 am wake-up call in a light snowfall.

Lares Trek 4

Another view along the Lares Trail.

Machu Picchu 2

Machu Picchu, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View from Huayna Picchu

A view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu.

Machu Picchu 1

The Honors group at Machu Picchu. Justin Elm is at the far right.


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