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Optional Amazon Rainforest Extension

Date & Length: 4 days    November 5-8, 2017

*arrive back to US early am November 9

Extension cost: $1,599 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.

Dental Health Journey to Peru, led by Dr. Paula Shannon Jones

​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Paula Shannon Jones

Dr. Paula Jones has been involved with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) since her graduation from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in 1984. She has served the AGD in many capacities including:

  • Council Chair for Membership for five years
  • Regional Director for Illinois
  • National AGD Board of Trustees representative for Illinois • Member of the AGD’s Foundation Board of Directors (two terms)
  • AGD's first woman President (2008-2009) • President, Academy of General Dentistry Foundation (2011-2013)

She has been a SmileLine Online volunteer since its inception and has been a spokesperson for the organization since 1994.

She was awarded the AGD Distinguished

Service Award for her work with

new dentists in 1995. Dr. Jones

is also a long-time member of

the ADA and Illinois State Dental


Peru: Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley | 9 days | October 28 - November 5, 2017 | $4,999

Our Dental Health 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 dental healthcare system is evolving in Peru?  Interact with dental health professionals from a variety of facilities in both Lima and Cusco with a key mission to investigate various methods of teaching the techniques of dentistry in other countries.  Visit a local orphanage in Cusco for the opportunity to provide dental exam for the children. Provide information and advice to the staff on how to best assist the children with improving their oral health. 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.


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

Day 03: Lima - Career Enrichment

Professional members of the program will interact with their counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local dental office or university.

Journey Mission: The primary goal is to develop an appreciation of the diversity of Peru, its oral health care needs in rural vs. urban areas, its methods of teaching the techniques of dentistry, its programs to teach oral health to the local children, and the local flavors and practices of oral health.

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.

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 & Transfer to Urubamba
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.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Enjoy some time to explore independently this afternoon after you check in to your local hotel.
Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Casa Andina PC Valle (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Sacred Valley Exploration
This morning visit a local community like the Huama Community village. This will be your first opportunity to do simple oral exams for the local children in this community. 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 this afternoon.

After lunch the group will visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here you will find the best surviving example of Inca town planning - many of the building foundations in old town were built by the Inca, and the majority of the Inca canchas, or blocks, are still intact today.

Dinner will be provided this evening back at the hotel.

Overnight: Casa Andina PC Valle (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

After breakfast, head to Machu Picchu, saying farewell to the Sacred Valley. Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu this morning, 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.

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.​ Explore the terraces, corridors, temples, the solar clock (Intihuatana), and other sacred places within the citadel. Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge, before you return to the train station for your journey back to Cusco.

Check into your local hotel where a late dinner is on your own arrangement this evening.​
Overnight:  Casa Andina Private Collection (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 will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon will be an opportunity to visit a local orphanage to provide oral exams to the children living in the facility. You will have time to teach them simple oral health techniques and to share your findings with the staff. You are of course welcome to bring supplies to leave behind!

Dinner is on your own arrangement this evening

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

Day 08: Cultural Exploration

This morning the group will explore the San Pedro Market for a chance to browse the local goods. From there, the group 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 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.

Lunch is by individual arrangement with some free time to explore independently this afternoon.

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

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

Day 09: Time to Say Goodbye

Depart for home this morning (flying via Lima).

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.​​

Detailed Itinerary