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"Come explore the interesting and diverse mental health system in Peru. Peru struggles with many of the same problems we have in the United States: insufficient resources, not enough mental health providers, stigma surrounding mental illnesses and a history of institutionalization of people with mental illnesses.  Peru is a fascinating destination, with Machu Picchu a bucket list for many, and I am excited to explore and learn with you. This promises to be another exceptional mental health journey. Please join me."

Tom Barrett 
Nanda Journeys Leader


500 Cathedral Dr # 2377, Aptos, CA, 95001

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Our Mental Health Journey will take us to Peru for a 9 day career enrichment experience! Engage in meaningful interaction and collaboration with your mental health counterparts to focus on the greatest challenges facing communities today in the equitable delivery of mental health services. Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey. During your visit to Cusco, you will visit the Sociedad de Beneficiencia Publica de Cusco. This public mental health facility is run by the Public Charity Corporation of Cusco and provide services to vulnerable and at risk communities. 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.


Optional Amazon Rainforest Extension

Date & Length: 4 days    October 21-24, 2017 (return to US October 25th depending on international flight times)

Extension cost: $1,899 per person (includes all gratuities)

Single supplement: $299

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. Enrollment on the main program is required to add this extension to your package.

The US State Department  & CDC provides a wealth of information for US travelers. You can browse visa and passport information,  emergency information, travel advisories, vaccination information and much more. Rest assured though, Nanda Journeys will always remain abreast of all relevent traveler information for your chosen destination!

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:  Casa Andina PC Miraflores

Day 02: Lima - Orientation and Welcome
All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities. Later today, all travelers will take 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. Learn more about the lives of the people who created the beautiful archaeological objects displayed. Enjoy a delicious lunch onsite at the elegant Café del Museo.

Enjoy some free time late this afternoon. Your welcome dinner is at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Casa Andina PC Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Lima - Cultural Program

Today the group will continue the exploration of Peru while learning about the ancient Incan culture. Drive south of Lima, via the Panamericana Highway, to one of the most renowned pilgrimage zones: Pachacamac archaeological site in Lurin Valley. This morning you will explore the Temple of Pachacamac as well as the temples of the sun and moon dating back to 200 BC. Continue onward to catch a glimpse into the special world of the Peruvian Paso horse. You will be able to admire the horses and their natural gait special to this breed. Admire the typical dress of their skilled chalanes while visiting their facilities.

Lunch will be provided at the Hacienda Los Ficus including a horse show before returning to Lima. ​ Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Casa Andina PC Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Career Enrichment

Mental health members of the program will interact with professional counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local hospital, government office or university.

Journey Mission:The primary goal is to develop a thorough understanding of the mental health care systems in Peru through interaction with medical counterparts and allied health care workers. Most commonly, there are ongoing issues with a lack of enough medical staff trained to assist those with mental illness or substance abuse issues.

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 with dinner by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight: Casa Andina PC Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Career Enrichment and Cultural Exploration of Cusco 

Mental health members of the program will interact with professional counterparts this morning at a local psychiatric hospital or clinic.

Guest program - This morning, accompanying guests will explore the bohemian district of Barranco, the home to many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. Continue to visit the Pedro de Osma Museum, a private art collection located in a historic mansion in the Barranco district.

In the afternoon head to the airport 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. 

Check-in to the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel where you will find 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. 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.​

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Career Enrichment and Cultural Exploration Cusco

This morning, continue your professional exchange with a visit to a local hospital. Discuss the greatest challenges facing Peru today in the equitable delivery of health care.

Guest program - Guests will gain a unique insight into Peru’s food and culture late this morning through the use of regional products like quinoa, yellow peppers, and trout. Your class starts with a short tour of the traditional San Pedro market before heading to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, offering breathtaking views of the city. The class consists of the preparation of an appetizer and main course which you will get to enjoy afterwards.

After lunch, the group will reconnect to explore the cobbled streets and religious splendors of Cusco. Visit the Cathedral of Cusco, considered one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial churches in the Americas, and explore a vast array of colonial art on display. Continue on to Qorikancha (Coricancha), the Incan Temple of the Sun, and the main temple of the Incan empire. Built and rebuilt with incredible riches, including walls and floors of gold, little of the original temple remains. The Church of Santo Domingo was built onsite using Coricancha’s foundations and some of its remaining stone walls, creating a fascinating mix of Incan and colonial architecture.

Dinner will be provided this evening.

OvernightAranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Day trip to explore Machu Picchu

Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu this morning. During the journey, see the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba (or Vilcanota) River climbing down and entering a canyon headed to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain. Continue from there to board the mini-buses up to the remnants of the Sacred Citadel of the Incas.

Enjoy your privately-guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu. 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. Legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Explore the terraces, corridors, temples, the solar clock (Intihuatana), and other sacred places within the citadel.

Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge, and dinner will be by individual arrangement.

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Explorations - Cusco

This morning delegates and guests 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. After some time for lunch on your own, enjoy an informative history-themed lecture about the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire. Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at Map Café this evening.

Overnight:  Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 09/10: Time to Say Goodbye

Enjoy some free time this morning with lunch on your own depending on flight departure time. Hotel check out is around 11 am so luggage can be stored with the concierge if necessary. Depart for home today (arrival the next morning depending on final flight time).

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.​​

What's Included

​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Thomas J. Barrett / Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver

Dr Barrett is the owner of Barrett Consultation Services in Denver, Colorado. He has over 30 years of leadership in mental health administration, program evaluation, and program development and more than 25 years of experience in graduate teaching. 

  • Fulbright Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2011
  • Senior medical officer and senior mental health consultant for the World Health                    Organization Mental Health                                           and Substance Abuse                                         Department, 2004-2008

Peru: Lima, Cusco  | 9 days | October 13-21, 2017 | $5,999

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IncludedNot Included
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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Detailed Itinerary

Mental Health Journey to Peru, led by Dr. Tom Barrett