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Paracas & Nasca Lines

Peru: Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley | 9 days | May 16-24, 2021 | $5,999

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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


8.0 Continuing Medical Education Credits will be sought for this journey. ​ 

** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **

CME Credits

Day 01: Travel to Lima, Peru
Depart from Miami and arrive in Lima, Peru this evening. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! Meal service will be provided on your flight based on the estimated arrival time of 8:30-9 pm. Upon arrival this evening, the group will be met and transferred for check-in at your lovely local hotel.

Casa Andina Premium Hotel is in the heart of the Miraflores district, just a few blocks away from the boardwalk and the main tourist and commercial areas of Miraflores. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, onsite dining, gym, spa and a heated pool. Guest rooms have a minibar, hairdryer, 24-hour room service and coffee maker.

No meal service is provided today formally.

Overnight:  Casa Andina Premium Hotel (or similar)

Meals: None

Day 02: Welcome to Lima
Morning Welcome and Orientation with your National Guide to receive additional information about Peru as well as today’s activities.

Begin your explorations of Lima starting with their main avenues, boulevards, and squares of Colonial Lima. First, visit San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” the ancient underground cemetery of Lima. Then, stop off at the Main Square to explore on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall, all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Late this morning visit Huaca Pucllana, a vast network of open plazas and beguiling ancient stone masonry that forms a multilayered, towering pyramid, sitting proudly among the now urbanized district of Miraflores, one of Lima’s trendiest neighborhoods. Once the religious and administrative center for the coastal people of the Lima Culture (prevalent in the region from 150 to 700 A.D.) though later evolving into a vast cemetery for the Ychma people (900 – 1400 A.D.), Huaca Pucllana is a rare example of a well-preserved, sizeable ancient archaeological site in the heart of a modern-day, bustling city.

Lunch will be provided at Huaca Pucllana’s restaurant.

This afternoon, head to the Pueblo Libre District and visit the Larco Museum, an eighteenth-century Viceregal mansion that houses more than 3,000 years of Peru's pre-Columbian history. The museum boasts a supremely fine collection of gold and silver jewelry and worship paraphernalia that demonstrates the superb skill of ancient Peruvian gold and silversmiths. The visit will be greatly enriched by the curator of the museum, who will provide in-depth explanations and serve as a unique conduit to the past. All areas are illuminated to showcase the beauty of the museum’s pieces.

Dinner will be provided this evening at the Café del Museo.

Overnight:  Casa Andina Premium Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Lima - Professional Meetings

​​Those attending the professional sessions will interact this morning and afternoon with various medical experts. Hosts will discuss current information on prevalent illnesses, accidents, and needs for healthcare in Peru; the overall healthcare delivery system (traditional & non-traditional) in Peru; how the delivery of healthcare is organized and delivered; type of healthcare providers, their roles, and any provider shortage issues encountered in Peru; overall strengths and limitations of Peru’s healthcare delivery system; and future projected needs and plans.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Later today visit a clinic, hospital or nursing school, such as the Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), to meet with faculty and students and continue your discussions.

Guest program: Today, guests will explore the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, an area called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. We will walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs). Continue the visit to the Mario Testino Museum – MATE - one of the most influential and well-known fashion and portrait photographers of their time, in his permanent exhibition you can appreciate his emblematic photographs. Then, visit Las Pallas; a ‘smugglers den’ of artistic items and artefacts ranging from the coast, the Andes and the Amazon in origin. After lunch 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 from the Peruvian Viceregal Period. They have a passion and acquired, restored, and preserved countless objects that they found to be of historical documentary or artistic importance.

Explore the city tonight with dinner on your own.
Overnight:  Casa Andina Premium Hotel (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. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant after arrival before hotel check-in.

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 is a 5-star boutique hotel that combines the essence of history, luxury and well-being, located in the heart of the Inca city. Cusco Boutique is also a hotel-museum built in an old colonial mansion that has been divided into seven strategic areas, transporting guests to the 16th century.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon the group will step back in time with a visit to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision; Qenqo, the religious center; enjoy a panoramic view of Puca-Pucara, the red fortress; and then visit Tambomachay with its water fountains. Afterwards, tour the Imperial City. Stroll through the Main Square to discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Finish your explorations with a visit to one of the most impressive complexes of Incan Cusco. Coricancha (Qorikancha) contains the Temple of the Sun, the most sacred site in the Inca religion. Dedicated to the worship of the Sun God Inti (and others) the temple’s interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. Learn about the Incan people, religion and history of the complex as you explore the architectural remains.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening. 

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

Day 05: Cusco - Professional Meetings

This morning professionals will continue the professional exchange in Cusco. Compare and contrast modern medicine with the use of herbal medicine as well as the prevalence of traditional medicines and other complementary and alternative therapies.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.

This afternoon focus on the use of natural medicine and its benefits during a visit to a facility like Casa del Sol Integral Medicine Center. Dr. Gladys Oblitas Zanabria, who is in charge, also works as a homeopath so will talk to the group about her beliefs and use of natural substances such as plants and minerals.

Guest program.Today, guests will start your day with a cooking class that will share the chef’s unique vision of food and culture of Peru ad how they use regional products such as quinoa, yellow peppers and trout in their dishes. Prepare a few dishes and enjoy your creations for lunch. This afternoon you will explore the artistic and bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, home to many artists. You will have time to visit some workshops and contemplate the artist’s works as you explore and chat with them. Finish your explorations with a visit to the San Blas Church, built in 1563 on top of an Inca Sanctuary. Famous for its beauty, the pulpit was carved from a single cedar tree.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

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


​​Day 06: Community Immersion & Rural Clinic Visit

After breakfast, head to the Sacred Valley via bus (1.5-hour drive). First stop is to visit a rural community school and village. Donations for the school children are of course welcome. Clothes to keep them warm, shoes, and medicines are hard to come by here. In this area the cold is intense, and kids don’t always have proper clothes to wear during the winter. Your support will be appreciated! 

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today in the Sacred Valley.

This afternoon the group will visit with staff at the Ollantaytambo Rural Medical Clinic. Spend time learning about access to care issues facing the clinic and their clientele, many of which are from the indigenous community living in the valley. Discuss the services they can provide and challenges they face due to limited funding. Learn how the socioeconomic conditions lead to issues with malnutrition, poor overall health and increased morbidity and mortality rates due to higher rates of preventable illnesses.

Check into your local hotel and overnight. Casa Andina Sacred Valle. They have onsite dining, a spa, free Wi-Fi, coffee shop, laundry and at night there are bonfires and you can view the stars and planets in the sky in the planetarium (additional fee). Guest rooms have coffee, minibar, safe, hairdryers, robe/slippers and an iron along with a balcony.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.
OvernightCasa Andina Sacred Valley (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Machu Picchu 

Please note: Today’s itinerary includes moderate physical activity with some hiking.

For those with mobility concerns, guides will assist with adjusting your activity level accordingly.

Enjoy a privately-guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu with a specialized guide. 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. Your local guide will share cultural knowledge and insights. Explore the terraces, corridors, temples, 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 look 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.

Dinner is by individual arrangement.
Overnight: Casa Andina  (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Immersion and Community Visit

Today you will spend the day with the villagers of the Cuyuni community to learn about their day-to-day life through demonstration and participation in daily activities. Arrive at the community to be greeted by traditional music played by musicians as you walk with the villagers to participate in a ritual offering of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus, mountain protector deities. Meet with women in their characteristic colorful dress and learn about the herding practices of the villagers. Next, learn about the agricultural routine: planting, harvesting, rope braiding, plowing the fallow earth and loading the llamas with champa, cut and dried sod that is a primary source of fuel. Here in the fields you will see a demonstration of a huatia featuring flavorful Andean potatoes cooked on wood inside of a small, dried earth oven.

Participate later today in the Llama Pilluy ceremony, or Llama Festival, with dancing and music that commemorates the llamas as principal work companions and cargo carriers for the community. Visit the weavers in a community work session and learn how they spin the animal fiber and use dyes made from natural products from the region. See weaving on back strap looms, the traditional technique used to produce some of the most beautiful textiles of the region.

Finally, we will share a delicious meal with the villagers, cooked from a variety of local products from the region before heading back to the hotel. Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over your farewell dinner at Map Café this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco (or similar)

Day 09: Time to say goodbye

Depart for home this morning with a flight via Lima and onward to Miami. 

Meals: Breakfast

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.​​

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"Exceeded my expectations!  A great trip with wonderful leaders and participants. Thank you Nanda for your attention to detail. You minimized the stress of travel and provided a memorable experience.."

M.Kowalski - Nursing & Healthcare Journey to Peru, 2019

"I’m a total fan of Nanda Journeys!!! I was impressed from the beginning by the high level of customer service I received. I’ve travelled a good bit, but my Nanda Journeys trip to Peru was the best trip yet! I have new friends and memories I’ll always treasure. The accommodations were excellent, and I was pleased with how smoothly all the little details of successful travel were handled. The guides were top notch, and I especially admired their ability to quickly find an alternative when a planned visit was cancelled due to circumstances beyond their control. Exchanging ideas with professionals from another country is always an interesting and educational experience, and I hope to stay in touch with people I met during our professional visits. The other highlights for me were visiting Machu Picchu and spending time with girls at a local orphanage. Nanda’s commitment to the latter is outstanding. I look forward to taking more Nanda Journeys!." 
A.Hamilton - Library Services Journey to Peru, 2019

"Nanda you impressed me with this trip. Everything was organized and ran smoothly. The visits to the hospital and university were fantastic. The tours were remarkable. Peru is a beautiful country. Thank you.."

C.Maute - Nursing & Healthcare Journey to Peru, 2019

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Number of payments 4
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Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,833.00 USD
Total $5,999.00 USD
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Number of payments 4
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Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,232.66 USD
Total $7,197.98 USD
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Rebecca S. Dean, MA, FACMPE
​Rebecca Dean is a Healthcare Executive Consultant and principal of Dean & Associates, LLC. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Fellow Status in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Rebecca holds the distinction of being the first Alaskan to attain Fellow Status from the American College of Medical Practice Executives in 1994. Rebecca has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management in all aspects of practice operations, efficiency, governance and leadership, both in Private Group Practice and Health System Practice Management.  Rebecca lectures on leadership, governance, business operations, strategic planning, risk management/compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and contracting at the national level. 

Rebecca served as Chair, American College of Medical Practice Executives (2009). She is a former president of the Western Section Medical Group Management Association and served on the National MGMA Board.  Rebecca served as a member of the original MGMA National Expert Panel for Role Delineation for Healthcare Executives and as a member of the ACMPE Body of Knowledge Expert Panel, and on the panel for the Update for the Body of Knowledge. She is a former president of the MGMA Ambulatory Surgery Management Society, former president of Alaska MGMA, former chair of the National ACMPE Exam Committee, and has served on the National MGMA LRC/Education Committee, MGMA Legislative Affairs Committee, as well as additional MGMA assemblies/societies and National Committee leadership positions.

In addition to her medical practice and consulting responsibilities, Rebecca has served on several Boards for national business industries including airline and insurance corporations. Rebecca served as the 2019 Chair of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and on the Chamber’s Government Affairs, Military Affairs, and Cost of Healthcare Committees. She served on the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) Board of Directors. Rebecca also served as a Board Member of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, as well as a member of various committees and task forces and is an active member of the Women Business Leaders (WBL) of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation. 

Rebecca received the prestigious National MGMA Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. The award recognizes the success of an individual who has inspired and empowered other leaders through significant contributions to the healthcare industry with particular emphasis on the advancement of medical group administration, delivery and education.
Rebecca enjoys traveling and the quest

for knowledge and understanding

of other cultures. She has led prior

medical journeys for physicians

and healthcare executives to

China, Tibet, Cuba, Australia and

New Zealand.


Why travel with Nanda Journeys?

Our Introduction to Healthcare & Medical Systems Journey will take you to Peru for a unique career enrichment experience! Explore Peru’s rich cultural heritage (including art, dance, music, literature, cuisine, architecture, beliefs and religion, language, communication) as you learn about their healthcare delivery system (including complementary and alternative medicine as well as ancient health techniques). Meaningful interaction and collaboration between travelers and healthcare professionals in Peru will focus on the extremes of healthcare, from city hospitals to the care received by the less fortunate lacking in personnel, facilities, and equipment.  Visit with staff at the Ollantaytambo Rural Medical Clinic in the Sacred Valley to learn about access to care issues. In addition to the career enrichment opportunities, you will explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu​, to learn about Peru's culture past and present as you meet with an expert expedition guide. You'll also explore other sacred Incan sites including Coricancha (Qorikancha) which contains the Temple of the Sun. Spend time with the villagers of the Cuyuni community outside Cusco to learn about their day-to-day life. You will experience various hands-on activities and share a delicious meal with the villagers, cooked from a variety of local products. 

8 CME contact hours will be sought for this journey.


Introduction to Healthcare & Medical Systems Journey to Peru led by Rebecca Dean

Day 01: May 24, 2021
 After your flight to Lima, you will be met upon arrival and transferred via private bus to Paracas. The town is located on Peru’s western coast and is known for its seaside charm and beaches. This is the best location for exploring the local area including the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon in route to Paracas.

This is generally a 3-4 hour drive. After check-in you will have some free time to relax and enjoy your hotel. Framed by scenic ocean views, lush tropical gardens and the elegant architecture of a classic coastal manor, La Hacienda Bahía Paracas hotel is situated in Ica Perú, just three hours south of Lima. Discover an exclusive yet tranquil and comfortable getaway on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. It’s a destination where modern luxury and simplicity blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience.​

​Settle into your local hotel where dinner will be on your own this evening.

The hotel has a variety of dining option for your convenience. This includes their elegant dining room with its stunning views of the bay. 
Overnight:  La Hacienda Bahía Paracas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch

Day 02: May 25, 2021

Head to Pisco airport to fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. You will have a chance to behold the incredible creative abilities of the ancient Peruvians, one of humanity’s greatest mysteries. The geoglyphs and lines of colossal magnitude were etched in the desert sands by the Nasca people. A monkey, a spider or a hummingbird, are some of the 19+ figures that you will observe from above in an unforgettable 1 hour and 40 minutes flyover. You will cover an area of approximately 190 sq. miles.

Note: The Nasca Lines flyover experience is subject to weather conditions. If inclement weather prevents the flyover that afternoon, it will be rescheduled for the morning of the following day. After your flying experience this morning, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant back in town before returning to the hotel for some free time in the afternoon.

Dinner is by individual arrangement this evening. Perhaps take advantage of their 24-hour room service or take advantage of the pool bar area, one of the most relaxing spots at the hotel.
Overnight:  La Hacienda Bahía Paracas (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03: May 26, 2021
After an early breakfast, you will visit the Ballestas Islands departing from the hotel’s private dock. Plan to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen today. A lifejacket will be provided for your excursion by the hotel along with a local guide. This tour takes about two hours.

During the morning tour, you will explore the Bay of Paracas, the San Martin Port, the Candelabro (ancient geoglyph), and then continue towards the Ballestas Islands, where you may see the local wildlife like tendrils, pelicans, pikemen, Humboldt penguins, buzzards and sea lions.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon back at the hotel. Check out and head back to Lima.

Dinner will be provided at your airport hotel in Lima this evening with a glass of beer or wine.
Your stay this evening is at the Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel.

Strategically located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, with a wide range of services and amenities. This is a perfect hotel for travelers in transit, since it offers the tranquility and comfort of walking to your flight in a few minutes, giving guests the opportunity to make the most of their rest without worries.

Overnight: Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner

Day 4: May 27, 2021

Take a short walk from your airport hotel to check-in for your international flight home this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

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.​​

Paracas, Nasca Lines, Ballestas Islands | 4 days |  May 24-27| $1,699

La Hacienda Bahia Paracas

Every room at La Hacienda Bahía Paracas has been designed to provide a supremely comfortable stay steeped in the tranquility of life on the bay, in both their accommodation and throughout the hotel. You will feel the warmth reflective of a traditional beach side estate that has been preserved for centuries. All of the modern conveniences that you would expect have been seamlessly integrated with an eye for maximum comfort. Enjoy contemporary comforts such as a beautiful, free form oceanfront pool, a well equipped gym and the indulgent Océano Spa. You
will also find thoughtful complimentary comforts like WI-Fi, a hot breakfast buffet in Coral Restaurant and parking along with luxurious resort-style amenities. When it comes to exploring the area, the desert peninsula of Paracas and the Bay of Paracas encompass one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world. We are just five minutes from Paracas National Reserve and a short drive from the town of Pisco and the Peruvian Arts and Crafts avenue at El Chaco.