Peru: Land of the Incas and the Amazon!
90% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Peru: Land of the Incas and the Amazon!

Here you will find beautiful beaches, extravagant mountain ranges, bustling towns and cities, and of course, the Amazon basin! This ecologically rich area of tropical rain forests encompasses some of the world’s most remote and least explored areas and is mostly inaccessible.

ISL has teams available to three locations in Peru, all of which start in Lima: Amazon, Inca Trail (with Machu Picchu option), and Coastal Route. These teams work in developing communities in and around the city of Lima.

With a population approaching 9.5 million, Lima is the fourth largest city in all of the Americas. ISL teams work in developing communities in and around the city after taking seminars on tropical disease, vital signs, physical exams, public health surveys, and medical Spanish.

Traveling to Peru does require additional logistics and coordination than other countries that ISL serves in, so if you are planning on joining a Peru team, be sure to plan well in advance!

Locations
South America » Peru » Machu Picchu
South America » Peru » Lima
South America » Peru
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
Project Types
Language
English
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hotel
Starting Price
$1,895.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Two meals per day, all lodging, land and water transport, guides, tips, museum and event fees, field academic program costs, border costs, security costs, project supplies.

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Program Reviews

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  • Fun
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  • Value
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  • Safety
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Program Reviews (3)

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Haylie
Female

Peru- Machu Pichu

7/10

Overall the trip was a good experience, if we include recreational and tourist time. Strictly speaking about the missionary work, I am extremely disappointed. It was my first time traveling alone outside of the country and everything went smoothly for me, I felt safe at all times. However, there were a few things which I cannot ignore. For being a 12 day mission trip we really only had 3 days worth of clinic, or hands on time with patients. This was extremely disappointing to me as I really hoped to go to communities in need and serve them with all of my knowledge and donations we were able to. More over, OUR GROUP LEADER WAS RELATED TO THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE SET UP OUR CLINIC, her father was our driver and he knew all of the people in the community. I asked one patient that came to our clinic what had brought her in- if she was having any pain, etc, she said no, she knew our group leaders father and he told her to come in. I felt lied to, like this was all a show, a set up for us, like none of it was real and I wasn't making a real impact in this community. I was so disappointed. At that point I realized there are some many other people in the world who have no access to care, and who could have better benefited from my time, efforts and especially money, rather than our group leader's fathers family putting on some sort of show for us. Granted it wasn't all of his family members coming into the clinic, but how suspicious, how can something like this be allowed? Also, the next few days we were scheduled to go to a local hospital is Maras. When we got there the doctor explained to our group leader it was the beginning of the month and they don't see patients, they only do paper work. The day before I saw our group leader make a phone call to this doctor to give him the heads up we were coming to the hospital, so there was no planning done in advanced. So after we got to the hospital with nothing to do, we ended up folding gauze for the nurses for the next few hours. At one point I thought to myself, did I really just travel all the way to Peru to fold gauze? What good is this possibly doing? So the next day they (our group leader translated from the doctor) promised we would be able to see patients, make house calls with the doctor, do injections, etc. Turns out September 2nd is "nurses day" in Peru, so there were no patients again. I really feel like this should have been planned out ahead of time. This could have been avoided, it was two whole days wasted, traveling two hours to this hospital and back, when we could have been doing more good in the community we set the clinic up in. Perhaps if our group leader called further ahead than one day we could have swapped the hospital and community clinic days and avoided this all together. Overall 12 days was WAY too long, being that we only saw patients three days. Something else that happened was, our Peru country organizer did not tell us there was limits on the luggage when traveling from Lima to Cusco. We had to transport our personal items as well as the donations we brought and the donations ISL made us transport. My fellow team members and I ended up having an extra bag due to donations and we had to pay this out of pocket. This too could have been avoided with communication. No where in the itinerary did it state needing to take Peruvian airlines or their luggage restrictions of one bag, especially if someone was coming from a flight where they could have two bags. I really wish I could have had a more profound affect on the surrounding communities, but I am leaving that to no fault of my own. I am grateful that I was exposed to the conditions and the healthcare system of Peru, it ignited my desire to become the best healthcare provider possible so that one day I can return to communities like the ones I saw in Peru and better treat them without the constraints and strings of ISL.

How can this program be improved?

More patient care time. Better planning. Better communication.

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Katie
Female
23 years old
Waco, Texas
Baylor University

Beautiful Country, Beautiful Experience

10/10

The Amazon territory of Peru is a place you should visit! This place is beautiful, has great food, amazing wildlife to see, and the people in the communities we visited were so welcoming. The doctors we worked with were so willing to help us learn and gain experience in a clinic setting. I would highly recommend this program for someone who wants to learn about and experience Peru, who wants to immerse yourself in the Spanish language, and who wants to gain excellent medical experience.

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Brittany
Female
26 years old
East Lansing, Mi
Michigan State University

TAKE ME BACK

10/10

Amazing trip, met some lifelong friends. I loved going into the communities and getting hands on medical education experience. On off days, we had many options such as playing with monkeys in the jungle or eating on a floating restaurant on the Amazon River. All in all, such a great value and I would love to go back. I never felt unsafe or unsure of my surroundings, our tour guide felt like a sister by the end of the trip. She was so knowledgeable and even hung out with us during the night.

How can this program be improved?

Expand it to more communities in the jungle :)

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