MedTreks Peru CME Adventure

Global Health, Travel & Wilderness Medicine

November 8th-16th, 2022

November 5th-13th, 2023

Join us on a hiker’s paradise trip through the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru. A perfect mix of adventure, learning, service and exploration. The train trip to Machu Picchu allows travelers to enjoy the wonders of Peru through spectacular hikes by day and cozy lodge rooms by night. The CME lectures for this adventure will be interspersed throughout the 9 Day Multi-Sport Adventure, Cultural & Culinary Tour of Peru. We will have also get a chance to work with a local community health program and collaborate on Wilderness Medicine skills in high mountain regions. 

Peru Map

Highlights:

  • Experience Peru’s magical landscape while visiting ancient Incan ruins, some of the most spectacular in the world
  • Witness the vivid expression of culture while strolling the mountainous farmlands and quaint villages of the Sacred Valley
  • Enjoy the colorful ambiance of local handicraft markets, particularly the traditional Quechua textiles
  • Explore the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire
  • Engage in cross-cultural medical workshops and learn traditional uses of herbs and plants in the Andes
  • Work side-by-side with local community health professionals during a mountain health campaign

While this is a CME adventure and cultural course, loved ones and family members are welcome to join in and listen to the lectures, and even participate in the skills workshops if they are interested!

TRIP DETAILS

9 Day Peru Mountain Medicine & Cultural Tour

Dates: November 8th-16th, 2022

Exploring Machu Picchu & The Heart of the Sacred Valley

One of our favorite places in the world, this trip combines it all: delicious food, incredible hikes, and luxury lodges.

Peru is a country rich in history and culture. From the delicious Peruvian cuisine, artisan crafts, snow-capped mountains, friendly people, and ancient ruins, Peru has something for every traveler. Many people have one destination on their mind when preparing an adventure to Peru: Machu Picchu. This mountain fortress should absolutely be on every traveler’s bucket list, however, after running several trips to Peru over the past 30 years, we have selected a few highlights that are worthwhile adding to your itinerary as you make the journey to Machu Picchu, whether by foot or by train.

We look forward to sharing this incredible country with you!

Detailed Itinerary Below 

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MedTreks Peru Itinerary

The sunset over Machu Picchu

TRIP DETAILS

Global Health & Mountain Medicine

About the Course: 

This trip is a 9-day cultural and hiking tour of the Sacred Valley of Peru and Machu Picchu combines topics in travel and mountain medicine, global health, and humanitarian medicine. These lectures are paired with a hands-on immersive experience working with a local healthcare program of Peru, Sacred Valley Health, who are doing incredible work with the indigenous cultures of the highlands of Peru. The idea is to help expand the scope of the public health services that this program provides, but also to equip MedTreks participants to feel more confident in their skills and strategies when they do global health work abroad in other regions.

MedTreks collaborates with Sacred Valley Health in Peru using a similar model to MedTreks. Practicing Train-The-Trainer, this organization specifically focuses on training community health workers, or promotoras, to help improve the health of the communities living in the high mountain villages. Working side-by-side with the local promotoras, our MedTreks teams will have an authentic service learning experience – sharing knowledge and collaborating in the global health arena.

12 Category 1 CME units available & Up to 20 CEUs for this Mountain Medicine Seminar

Learn More about the CME Lectures Here

PEOPLE & PLACES

Explore Peru
The Sacred Valley

Most people who research traveling to Peru know the Sacred Valley as the entryway into Machu Picchu. Many travel itineraries pass directly through this incredible valley on a hasty mission to see Machu Picchu. But there are so many incredible gems in this valley that we believe it is important to spend at least three days exploring the ancient sites and fascinating villages and witnessing the vivid expression of Andean culture. After running several trips to Peru, we have carefully selected our favorite hikes, markets, restaurants, and local tours that we feel provide a richly authentic Peruvian experience. To learn more about the highlights of our itinerary, read 8 Highlights of Exploring Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley HERE

About Sacred Valley Health

Improving Health through Education, Access & Empowerment

Formed in early 2012 to improve health care access and equity to Peru’s Sacred Valley, the program works to recruit, train and support community health workers (promotoras de salud) who live and work in their rural communities. The remote indigenous communities of the Ollantaytambo District are medically underserved for a variety of reasons. Rural communities lack access to primary medical care as a result of geographic isolation, poor road conditions, and irregular transportation. Poor socioeconomic conditions, malnutrition, lack of basic services, and poor education further worsen health outcomes.

The mission of Sacred Valley Health is to promote health in underserved rural communities of Peru’s Sacred Valley through our pillars of work: Access, Education, and Empowerment.

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Peru Trip Highlights

Mountain Medicine & Cultural Tour

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Pisac Market

Known for its woven textiles, the Pisac Market, which historically was the gathering place for all the artisans to buy, sell and exchange their products, is still thriving seven days a week and is one of the most famous handicraft markets in all of Latin America. You can spend hours getting lost in the narrow cobblestoned streets lined with small handicraft shops.
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Hacienda Sarampampa

A true culinary treasure hidden in the Sacred Valley, this quaint hacienda provides our groups with an educational and authentic five-course farm-to-table experience. This is also an opportunity to learn about the Giant White Corn variety and how this unique crop has influenced the Andeans and the economy of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its farmers.

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Salt Fields of Maras

The salt fields of Maras are incredible, with over 3,000 pools. Each pool comes from a single water source that has supplied the Southern Highlands for thousands of years. Witness the different steps of salt harvesting, from prepping the salt beds to extracting the white mineral by a wooden paddle, an ancient technique still used to this day.
Woman weaves fabric in Sacred Valley on MedTreks Peru trip

Chinchero, Centro de Textiles

Chinchero is a small, authentic Andean village perched at 12,000 feet, known for its commitment to preserving Inca customs. Quechua-speaking locals wear traditional dresses and a vibrant handicraft market takes place several days a week. Visiting the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales allows you to participate in the weaving demonstrations, learning firsthand how weavers turn alpaca and sheep wool into fine textiles.
Machu Picchu

The legendary ‘Lost City’ is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of “Machu Picchu” (Old Peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the city of Cusco, the Lost City sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Machu Picchu was the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces, and ramps, appearing as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Guests visit Machu Picchu on their medical trip to Peru with MedTreks

DATES & PRICES

Dates: 

November 8th-16th, 2022

November 5th-13th, 2023

Cost: $3,995 (based on double occupancy)

Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

Single supplement: $795 

Included in the Cost: 

  • 8 nights lodging in 3-4 star lodges
  • Airport transportation
  • All breakfast & lunches
  • 6 of the 8 nights include dinner
  • All ground transportation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • All tours noted in the itinerary

What is excluded in the cost? 

  • International airfare
  • Tips and souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Two evenings, dinner on your own
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Upon registration, you will receive a Welcome Package with a travel Itinerary, packing list, an invitation to join the online MedTreks community, a course syllabus, and helpful resources to plan for this adventure!

We look forward to sharing this experience with you! 

Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Information

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and MedTreks International. The WMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

“The Wilderness Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.