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Peru: Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley | 8 days | June 5-12, 2016

Nursing Journey to Peru, led by Dr. Carol Huston

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Day 01: Travel to Lima, Peru
Depart from Los Angeles 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 five star hotel. 

Overnight:  Crowne Plaza, Lima

Day 02: Lima - Orientation and Career Enrichment
All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Medical members of the program will interact with their professional counterparts late 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. Your 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.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Crowne Plaza, Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Lima - Cultural exploration & career enrichment

This morning, 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.

Nursing members of the program will continue their day with a visit to a local medical facility this afternoon with a focus on:

  • Healthcare professionals, as global citizens in the 21st century, need to have an understanding of universal health care issues such as poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, and access to health care before global healthcare goals can be achieved. 
  • Understand and learn from the historical and contemporary healthcare challenges Peru has faced as well as strategies that have been implemented to improve healthcare outcomes.

Guest program
This afternoon, guests will take a stroll around Barranco, Lima’s charming bohemian district. Explore the MATE which showcases the work of acclaimed photographer Mario Testino. Next, step back in time during a visit to La Huaca Pucllana, historical temple ruins that have survived amid urban evolution and development.

Enjoy some time to explore independently this evening with dinner 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. 

Overnight:  Crowne Plaza, Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Cusco - World Heritage Site
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.

The hotel is located in a colonial-era mansion that is considered part of the cultural heritage of the city of Cusco. The building dates back to the 17th century, when the Marquis de Picoaga arrived in the city and built himself a new home, employing stonework and murals. The hotel conserves all the beauty of an old colonial mansion and provides the welcoming service that will make you feel special during every day of your stay.

After lunch at a local restaurant, travelers will 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 with your fellow travelers will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.
Overnight: Costa Del Sol Ramada, Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Cusco - Village life in the Scared Valley 
After breakfast, head to the Sacred Valley today via bus (1.5 hour drive) to visit the Huama community and local school. Lunch and dinner will be provided today.

Donations will be made for the school children on your behalf. 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 have proper clothes to wear during the winter. Your support will be appreciated! Additional donations will be welcomed, but not required.
Overnight: Costa Del Sol Ramada, Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

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: Costa Del Sol Ramada, Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Cusco - City exploration
This morning delegates and guests will visit Casa Concha House. 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 by Peter Frost, a writer, expedition guide, and independent scholar who has been exploring the Andes since 1971 and now lives in Cusco. In 2001 and 2002, he led National Geographic Society-sponsored expeditions into the remote region of Vilcabamba, exploring the unknown Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. The discovery was featured in the National Geographic documentary, “Inca Mummies”, which was also the subject of an article in the February 2004 issue of the magazine.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at Map Café this evening.
Overnight:  Costa Del Sol Ramada, Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Peru and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to Los Angeles.​
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.

​​​Dates:   June 5 - June 12, 2016

Cost:      USD $4,799 per person

Days: ​    8

Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Carol Huston

Dr. Carol Huston is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She recently retired as director of the school of nursing at California State University-Chico (CSUC).

  • Author/co-author, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, Professional Issues in Nursing, and Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse
  • Co-developer, Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nurse scholars
  • Co-chairperson, 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative—a global                                      partnership effort between                                                Sigma Theta Tau International                                            Honor Society of Nursing, the                                  Nightingale Initiative for Global                                                  Health, and the Nightingale                                              Museum of London
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Detailed Itinerary

Our Nursing Journey will take us to Peru  for an 8 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the role of nurses is evolving in Peru?  Examine the role as you attend  hospitals, clinics or universities, meet with fellow medical professionals and explore how Peru is addressing contemporary healthcare challenges and what strategies they are implementing to improve outcomes . 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 such as Peter Frost whose works were featured in National Geographic's documentary "Inca Mummies." Our journey includes a very special village experience with local families in the Sacred Valley.

We’re looking forward to your trip to Peru with Nanda Journeys! As you continue to plan and prepare for your travels, we wanted to reassure you that we are monitoring conditions overseas including the recent Zika virus alerts. 

Travel to Peru is still very safe and there are presently no reported cases of the Zika Virus. The Peruvian Government has recently provided the following updates for foreign travelers:-

• Health authorities have strengthened entomological surveillance posts and established more than 25,000 locations distributed in 20 regions of the country.
• It has also been confirmed that the mosquito that spreads Zika can’t survive above 2200 meters of altitude.
• This means that cities and tourist circuits located in Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca region are not threatened by the virus.

The CDC has a wealth of information on this matter and you can follow along HERE.

What's Included

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