** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide this educational activity.  A maximum of eight (8) hours of continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this journey for nurse participants completing all requirements. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) (PO229). **

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Our Nurse Leaders journey will take us to Peru for a 9 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the health care system is evolving in Peru?  Interact with nurse leaders and allied medical professionals from a variety of facilities and schools in both Lima and the Sacred Valley. Exchange information with your Peruvian counterparts with a focus on nursing leadership,professional development, advocacy and what research is being done to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care in Peru. In addition to the career enrichment opportunities, you will explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu​, learn about Peru's culture past and present as you meet with curators and expedition guides who will bring the life of the Incan civilization to life.  Our journey includes a very special village experience in the Sacred Valley.


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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

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Day 01: Lima - Orientation and Welcome
Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado this morning.

Upon arriving in Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by one of the lodge’s representatives, who will assist the group with check-in before you head to the river port to board the boat that will take you to Reserva Amazónica, one of the best lodges in the region. Upon arrival enjoy a brief tour of the lodge and hear from their resort team about the excursions available and meal information.

Your group will have their own guide accompanying them on the tour who will assist with tour sign up. On the first day, we recommend that you discover the jungle through a guided tour along the trail network of the Inkaterra Nature Reserve, where you will discover the marvelous Amazon River Basin and have excellent opportunities to see some of the birds and insects that live in the area. Once the guided tour ends, you will be invited to take an evening boat tour on the Madre de Dios River and experience nightfall on the river. Witness the fantastic transformation of the jungle as the various creatures active in daylight are replaced by new species, totally adapted to the night.
Overnight:  Inkaterra Nature Reserve
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: Lake Sandoval
After breakfast, you will have a chance to visit Lake Sandoval in the Reserva Nacional de Tambopata (Tambopata National Reserve), a nature lover’s paradise. Enjoy exceptional views on the lake as you canoe across its waters.

In the afternoon, enjoy the canopy walkway back at your resort. Here you will be able to observe the many animal species that make their home in the treetops as you climb the first tower, 95 feet (29 m) above the ground. Get ready to walk through the treetops of the tropical forest for more than a quarter of a mile on the extensive network of suspension bridges that connect eight observation platforms. After descending from the canopy, you will experience the Anaconda Walk (650 feet [200 m] of wooden bridges spanning the Aguajales Swamp), where you will be able to observe different species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and tropical plant life.

Overnight:  Inkaterra Nature Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Jungle Life

You will journey along a portion of the Madre de Dios River to reach your next destination:Gamitana Creek, home to piranhas, caimans, turtles, and a large variety of birds. After exploring the creek, you will return by river and stop to visit the Gamitana Model Farm, where you will get an idea of how a farm operates in the jungle and will get to see the products produced there.

In the afternoon, you will journey to the Hacienda Concepción, an incredible botanical garden home to more than 200 species of plants native to the rainforest. Then, you will take an amazing 30-minute canoe trip in search of turtles, nightjars, and exotic herons.

After dinner, you will take a nighttime trek on the trail network at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge and will enter into the secondary forest. For around two hours, you will enjoy the concert of natural sounds created by the jungle. Prepare yourself to encounter new animals that are only active at night.

Overnight:  Inkaterra Nature Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Return to Miami, Florida

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you leave. You will travel 45 minutes upstream to Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you will visit the Butterfly House, a nursery where you will be able to observe various native species of butterflies in their natural habitat.

Depart for the airport for your return flight to Lima. Check in for your international flight home (with arrival in Miami the next morning).

​Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions: Ground transportation; baggage handling, gratuities; optional tours; meals as mentioned; group tour guide accompanying you to the resort and throughout your stay; and accommodations based on double occupancy.

Not Included: Hotel incidentals and meals not mentioned.

To participate in the optional extension, complete and return the extension registration form. Return no later than 90 days prior to departure or within five days of receiving the information.

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Peru: Puerto Maldonado | 3 nights|  October 7-10, 2018 | $1,899

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Bob Dent DNP, RN, FAAN

​Dr. Bob Dent is 2018 President, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and senior vice president, chief operating and chief nursing officerat Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Dent has more than 27 years of health care experience as a registered nurse, licensed nursing home administrator, chief nursing and chief operating officer and dean of the health sciences center at a community college. Dent previously served as past chair of the AONE Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the board for AONE and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dr. Dent is the recipient of many awards including Nursing Management’s 2016 Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award, the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives Excellence in Leadership Award and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Distinguished Alumni Award for his leadership. Additionally, he was recognized by Modern Healthcare and Witt/Kieffer in 2006 as an Up and Comer in health care administration.

Dent earned his doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Masters of Business Administration/Health Care Management degree from the University of Phoenix. He is the co-author

of two books:

  • The Pickle Pledge: Creating a                          More Positive Healthcare                                             Culture – One Attitude at a
  • Building a Culture of Ownership in
    Healthcare: The Invisible Architecture of Values, Culture, and Attitude.

Detailed Itinerary

Tambopata National Reserve is in the Peruvian Amazon Basin south of the Madre de Dios River in Tambopata Province’s Inambari and Tambopata districts. It was created on January 26, 1990, to protect the forests adjacent to the rivers Heath and Tambopata that have two important ecosystems and are noted for their biodiversity, representing native flora and fauna with 165 species and 41 families of trees, 103 species of mammals, 1300 species of butterflies, and 90 species of amphibians.


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Day 01: Travel to Lima, Peru
Depart from Miami and arrive in Lima, Peru this evening.  Upon arrival the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel for check in. Relax this evening and settle into your lovely boutique hotel. It offers all the convenience, amenities, and services of a first class hotel with a contemporary design and an unmistakable touch of Lima. With onsite restaurant and bar facilities for your convenience, you might also have time to use their gym, sauna, and pool.

Overnight:  Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar)
Meals: None

Day 02: Lima - Orientation and Welcome
Morning orientation and welcome with your national guide to receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Later this morning a medical professional will speak to the group to provide an overview of the medical systems in Peru. This will provide a foundation for your upcoming exchanges.

Enjoy a delicious lunch onsite at the elegant Café del Museo before taking a curator-guided tour of the unique Larco Museum. Gain insight into 3,000 years of Peru’s cultural history viewing a vast array of artifacts that comprise the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world.

Your welcome dinner is at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Lima - Career Enrichment

Those attending the professional sessions will interact with nursing counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local hospital, clinic or university.

Guest program: After the welcome briefing, accompanying guests will explore Peru’s capital, a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architecture, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. See the 16th century Plaza Mayor (main square) still graced by the government palace, city hall and a cathedral. Continue on to see the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and its “catacombs” that functioned as an ancient underground cemetery. The tour continues along the city’s lovely Pacific coast through the enchanting neighborhoods of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar.

Discover colonial art in the Barbosa-Stern Collection. Since 1966, Eduardo Barbosa and his wife Silvia Stern have collected an impressive compilation of Spanish colonial art. 

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Fly to Cusco 
Immediately after breakfast, depart the hotel for your flight to Cusco.  Elevated approximately 11,100 feet above sea level, Cusco is a World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Inca Empire. After arriving in the afternoon, enjoy a provided lunch.

Altitude Sickness - We recommend you check with your personal physician to see if an altitude sickness medication is right for you. Those who live at sea level or a lower elevation should pay particular attention.

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. The elegant rooms are equipped with intelligent oxygen system and heating floor in the bathrooms for a great stay.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Enjoy some time to explore independently this afternoon after a short city tour. Dinner will be on your own. Don’t want to leave the hotel? The hotel offers everything from fine dining to lighter meals at their full-service, on-site restaurant. You can also check out their lounge or take advantage of their convenient in-room dining.

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Community Connections
After breakfast, head to the Sacred Valley via bus (1.5-hour drive). First stop is the Pisaq Market for a brief chance to see the local wares and do some shopping.

Continue onward to visit a local community school. Spend time engaging with the staff and students.

**Donations will be made for the school children on your behalf based on current needs before travel. In this area, the cold is intense and kids don’t have proper clothes to wear during the winter. For those interested in bringing additional donations, your support is appreciated!**

Lunch will be provided at the fantastic Huayoccari Restaurant before heading on to visit the Ollantaytambo Rural Medical Clinic. Spend time learning from the staff about access to care issues facing the clinic. Learn how they treat the local patients and current staffing and financial challenges they face providing even the most basic of care.

Late this afternoon you will head to Machu Picchu, saying farewell to the Sacred Valley. Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, following the course of the Urubamba (or Vilcanota) River climbing down a canyon headed to Aguas Calientes. Continue from there to board the mini-buses up to the remnants of the Sacred Citadel of the Incas. 

Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi Hotel, amidst the picturesque Machu Picchu Pueblo. Discover an efficient, lively and friendly atmosphere, welcoming guests expecting an unfussy, down-to-earth break. Enjoy the hotels amenities include an onsite, bar, café and spa. The hotel offers local flavors and organic options for your dining pleasure. The hotel has Wi-Fi, oxygen upon request and a complimentary Pisco Sour drink from the bar! Rooms are equipped for your convenience with a hair dryer, bathroom amenities and mini bar.

Dinner will be provided at your hotel this evening.

Overnight: El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra​ (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Explore Machu Picchu
Please note: Today’s itinerary includes moderate physical activity with some low-difficulty hiking.

Enjoy your privately-guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu early this morning. Known as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world, the Andean mountaintop was used by the Inca people as the foundation of hundreds of stone structures, with construction starting in the early 1400s.

Explore the terraces, corridors, temples, the solar clock (Intihuatana), and other sacred places within the citadel. Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge after your morning tour and lecture with your guide.

Stop at the central market to peruse for local souvenirs near the train station.

Take the train back to Cusco late this afternoon where you will check back into your Cusco hotel and have time for a late dinner on your own arrangement. Food and beverage options will also be available for purchase on the train.

Overnight:  Aranwa Cusco (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Cultural & Professional Exchange
This morning the group will visit Casa Concha House with a private guide. View Machu Picchu artifacts excavated by Hiram Bingham between 1911 and 1915, and returned to Peru from Yale University in 2011. Explore a collection that has become central to the study and understanding of Machu Picchu. It will provide you a very good understanding of the visit you had to the site. Enjoy an informative history-themed lecture about the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon with some time free to explore independently. Make use of your fantastic location to explore a local market or enjoy the amenities of your lovely hotel.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at Map Café this evening.

Overnight: ​Casa Andina Private Collection (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Time to Say Goodbye

Depart for home this morning (flying via Lima).

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Nurse Leaders/AONE Journey to Peru, led by Dr. Bob Dent

Peru: Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley | 8 days | September 30 - October 7, 2018 | $5,499