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Latin America's Multicultural Heritage in Quito, Ecuador

Faculty Leader

Paul Goldstein

Paul Goldstein head shotProfessor Paul Goldstein is Chair of the UC San Diego Anthropology Department. His research is focused on anthropological archaeology, complex societies, Latin America and Andean South America. He has worked in Andean South American archaeology since the 1980s, including a total of approximately six years resident in different locations in Peru and Ecuador, and teaching over 100 students over the eight summer offerings of the UCSD Archaeological Field School in Peru. He is fluent in Spanish and has studied some Aymara and Runasimi (Quechua). Professor Goldstein received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.


  • ANAR 158GS: The Inca, Empire of the Andes (draft PDF) - coming soon
  • ANAR 159GS: “1492”: Coexistence, Crusade, and the Origins of the Spanish Conquest (draft PDF) - coming soon

Why you should go

This global seminar focuses on the intersection of indigenous Andean South America’s complex palimpsest of cultural identities with Spain’s equally complex multicultural heritage. In Spain, the late medieval period that set the stage for the conquest of the New World was marked by seven centuries of coexistencia (coexistence), as well as conflict amongst Spain’s “three cultures” and cultural hybridity among Spain's Christian, Islamic/Amazigh and Jewish traditions. In a surprisingly similar way, indigenous Andean identities, language, art, and cultural traditions were also marked by layers of historical conquest, colonization. Quito is an ideal base to study the processes of colonialism, transculturation and resistance that transformed the Andean region. Students will have the opportunity to participate in city walks and visits to Quito’s museums, standing monuments, and archaeological sites, as well as excursions to the second Inca capital and regions of strong indigenous tradition.

Who should go

Students will take two uppder division Anthropology courses, which will focus on coexistence, conflict, and transculturation under the Inca and Spanish empires. These courses count towards the Anthropology or Latin American Studies majors and minors and should qualify for the UCSD DEI requirement and the CAT 124 experiential learning requirement.

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Social Science Research Building 343 - free pizza!
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$5,167.75 $5,167.75 $5,167.75
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$7,682.18 $7,732.18 $8,622.18

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Quito Historic Center

San Francisco and Surroundings

Cultural and Art Museums

Day Trip to Mitad del Mundo

  • Museo Mitad del Mundo and Museo Intinan
  • Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
  • Pucara de Rumicucho Inca site
  • Round trip transportation, guide and meals included

Field Trip to Otavalo

  • Tejidos El Obraje Museum
  • Otavalo Market
  • Guided visit to Cochasquí Archaeological Park
  • Transportation, entrance fees, and meals included. Shared hotel acommodation with daily breakfast

Field Trip to Cuenca

  • Museo de las Cultural Aborigenes
  • Museo Remigio Crespo Toral
  • Guided day trip to Ingapirca and Coyoctor Incan sites
  • Pumapungo site and museum
  • Ruinas de Todos los Santos site
  • Roundtrip flight, local transportation, entrance fees, and all meals included. Shared hotel acommodation with daily breakfast

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Students will be housed in local homestays.
  • One to two students per family
  • Internet access available
  • Homestays will include botled or boiled water, laundry service, linens, pillows, and towels.
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • Two meals per day with homestay family
  • Homestays families will make reasonable effort to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Meals during overnight excursions
  • Farewell dinner at end of program

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom space at our on-site partner's study center.
  • The center includes a student lounge, administrative offices, and high speed wireless Internet access.
  • Library and computer lab available
  • Plan to bring a laptop for work when the study center is closed or when traveling outside of Quito.
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Transportation by private bus to and from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to our partner's study center is included in the program. One pick-up time will be arranged based on the most common flight arrival times.
  • Transportation for all out of town excursions


  • Information about how to obtain a local SIM card will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
  • Students will be responsible to purchase their own calling time/minutes.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • Comprehensive insurance package with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours.
  • All students will be registered for UC travel insurance This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure.