Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


The Andes are the principal mountains of South America and one of the greatest mountain systems of the world. The Andes include some of the world’s highest peaks. More than 50 of them soar higher than 6,100 m (20,000 ft) above sea level. Only the Himalayas of south central Asia are higher. The lofty plateaus and high mountain valleys of the Andes contain some of the highest permanent human settlements in the world. The Andes are the longest system of high mountain ranges on earth. They extend for more than 8000 km (5000 mi) in a narrow belt along the western edge of the South American continent, from the coast of the Caribbean Sea in the north to the island of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south. Along almost its entire length, the Andes rise abruptly from the Pacific coast. The mountains reach into seven countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

Settlements in the high Andes include La Paz, which is the seat of government of Bolivia, and Quito, which is the capital of Ecuador. La Paz, which is about 3,600 m (about 11,900 ft) above sea level, is the highest large city in the world. Cuzco, Peru, was the capital of the ancient empire of the Incas and is the capital of one of Peru’s 25 governmental departments. For centuries parts of the Andes have been densely populated by indigenous farmers and herdsmen. Today many indigenous people live and work in much the same way as their ancestors did under the rule of the Incas and, later, of Spanish colonists. Crops are often planted on hillside terraces, constructed to take advantage of scarce agricultural land located on steep terrain.

MSN Encarta: Andes
Photo by Kirsten Lavery, Tulane School of Law

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Jason S. Nesbitt
Assistant Professor - Anthropology
Sonya Wohletz
Ph.D. Candidate
Fernando Rivera-Díaz
Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese


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Upcoming Events

Kaqchikel Langauge Table

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Join Kaqchikel professors, native speakers, and fellow students from across the country for an hour of language practice and networking.

For more information see the attached flyer:

Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.


Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164.