The team will depart Atlanta and fly into Lima on May 30th. The arrival in Lima will be around 11:30 PM and close to mid-night when the group passes through customs. They will then board a bus to travel to the South America Mission guest house located about 20 minutes from the airport. The following morning the team will return to the airport to catch a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco the team will then take a 5-hour bus ride to Quillabamba. Cusco is located in the High Andes and has an altitude of over 11,100 ft. The trip to Quillabamba will be a dissent into the lower mountains bordering upon the jungle. we will be working in high altitude’s and anyone with chronic health issues including hypertension need to be evaluated by their primary care physician prior to participating in this trip due to concern for potential altitude sickness. Dramamine is recommended for the bus ride and team members are encouraged to bring along sunglasses, insect repellent, and sun block.
The team will stay in a hotel in Quillabamba and be transported daily to the clinics. The focus of the trip will be on Quillabamba and the ministry of Jesus Chuquihuanga who has a beginning work on the outside of the city. Quillabamba is the capital of the district of Santa Ana. Jesús and his wife Rosa have been in the area for 5 years and they have been in this work about one year. They have a small church which is made up of about 20 people. The primary goal will be to encourage them, increase their visibility in the community, share the gospel and provide needed medical care. The first 3 days of clinic will be held in a school near the church and the final two days will be held in other parts of the city. This trip will also have an evangelistic component made up of a team from a local church in Lima and the city of Chiclayo. The Peruvian component will be comprised of cooks, helpers, translators and counselors.
We would anticipate seeing 200 patients daily and to have 5 days of clinic. The primary concerns will be skin problems, gastritis, arthritic pain, parasites, respiratory problems, and dietary concerns.
The area is known for its heat but the city is located in a beautiful valley.
After the clinic days the team will have the option to visit Machu Piccu (one of the 7 Wonders of the World). The team will travel about 2.5 hours to Olantaytambo where they will stay for two nights. This is a tourist center and is located 1.5 hours from Pueblo Machu Picchu where they will get a train to the historic site.
After seeing Machu Picchu, the team will travel back to Cusco for the return flight to Lima and then on the Atlanta.
The approximate cost to visit Machu Picchu is $305.
The team will be led by Kimberle Deller, NP an experience team leader. The medical leader will be Dr. Lindsey Clarke. Lindsey and Kimberle have worked together on many trips.
**Note: all medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport, medical license and diplomas to the VIMM office approximately three months prior to the trip. This will enable us to have Peruvian medical recognition and licenses. Non-medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport.