Peru CME Adventure

Wilderness Medicine in Peru

April 22nd-30th, 2023

Join us on a luxury cultural, culinary and hiking journey through the beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru.The train trip to Machu Picchu allows travelers to enjoy the wonders of Peru through spectacular day hikes, delicious meals 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. Option to obtain your Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification and gain 24.5 hrs of CME. 

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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
  • Savor the delicious flavors of the Peruvian cuisine- this trip includes dining experiences in some of Peru’s most famous restaurants
  • 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 wilderness medicine training

Obtain up to 24. 5 hrs of Category 1 CME!

Wilderness Medicine CME Course: Advanced Wilderness Life Support 

This 9 day cultural & hiking journey combines Wilderness Medicine lectures and skills with an option of certifying in Advanced Wilderness Life Support 

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MedTreks Peru AWLS & Wilderness Medicine Itinerary

TRIP DETAILS

9 Day Peru Mountain Medicine & Cultural Tour

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.

This trip is a 9-day cultural and hiking tour of the Sacred Valley of Peru and Machu Picchu combines wilderness and travel medicine education that is  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.

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!

What is the Wilderness Advanced Life Supper Certification? 

A certification course designed for medical professionals who love adventuring in the outdoors, traveling and/or medical volunteering in remote settings. Learn hands-on medical skills that you can take anywhere in the world. Learn more HERE

Who is this Course For? 

Physicians, Physician Assistances, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Paramedics/EMTs

Can loved ones and non-medical guests attend? 

Yes! We welcome friends, family and loved ones to attend.

PEOPLE & PLACE

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

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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.

Peru Trip Highlights

Mountain Medicine & Cultural Tour

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.

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.

Chinchero

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.

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DATES & PRICES

Dates: 

April 22nd-30th, 2023

Cost: $4,495 (based on double occupancy)

CME/AWLS Certificate Fee: $695 (MD, PA/NP-Approved for 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

Single supplement: $850 

Included in the Cost: 

  • 8 nights luxury lodging in 3-4 star lodges
  • Airport transportation
  • All breakfasts
  • Daily lunches at gourmet and traditional restaurants
  • 6 gourmet Peruvian dinners
  • All ground transportation in luxury private group bus
  • All park entrance fees
  • Local, professional 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