Nursing and Midwifery in Peru

31 Mar - 12 Apr 2025
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Peru - land of gold and the sun-worshipping Incas, the biggest empire in pre-Columbian America. From its tropical rainforests and indigenous tribes, to the towering Andes, to the coastline dotted with Inca ruins, Peru is an extraordinary destination. This tour takes you on a journey from Lima, a modern city with a colonial past, through the Andes to Cusco and onto the lost city of Machu Picchu; the most magnificent legacy of the Incas.

This bespoke tour combines a rich cultural programme with CPD professional visits. These visits examine nursing, midwifery and women’s health in Peru, a country where modern and traditional health care are both widely practiced.

Your tour leader

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Ruth King

Ruth King is the Nursing Director for Midwifery, Women’s and Children’s Services North West for the Tasmanian Health Services and the professional lead for the North West Maternity Services Transition Project. Prior to this, Ruth was engaged as a senior project officer for the Nursing and Midwifery Office in ACT Health Directorate, leading the development of a manager's toolkit to support staff following incidents of occupational violence and the development of the Work Level Standards for ACT nurses and midwives.

For over eight years, Ruth held the role of midwifery advisor and sometimes acting CEO for the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), the peak professional body for midwives in Australia, giving her the capacity to work across jurisdictions, government and health services. Ruth has worked in a variety of public and private clinical settings including midwifery continuity of care caseload at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, during which time she completed her Midwifery Honours looking at practices and perspectives of healthcare providers when women wish to eat during labour.

Ruth has travelled widely around Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe and has previously led successful Jon Baines Tours midwifery study tours to destinations including Sri Lanka and the Northern Territory.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Lima (Mon, 31 Mar) Arrive Lima and check into the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 2: Lima (Tue, 1 Apr) Visit the Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal - Maternidad de Lima, a public hospital located in central Lima. Learn of nursing, midwifery and health care in Peru. Half day tour of colonial Lima, visiting the historic centre, see the Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the government palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the Santa Domingo Convent. Welcome dinner.
  • Day 3: Lima (Wed, 2 Apr) Drive out to "Villa El Salvador". This center provides care to adolescents who, as a result of sexual violence, are pregnant or in an initial state of maternity. The avarage ege of these young mothers are from 12 to 17 years old. Through psychological, educational, productive and assistance support programs, they strengthen their abilities to reinsert them into their families and / or into society with the capacity to generate their own resources. Take an art, architecture and cuisine tour of Lima. Explore Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, built in the II Century A.D by the Incas. To the picturesque district of Barranco and the Lucia de La Puente Art Gallery before taking part in a gastronomic tour.
  • Day 4: Lima/Cusco/ Sacred Valley (Thur, 3 Apr) Fly from Lima to Cusco. Transfer to the Sacred Valley via the Inca sites of Sancayhuaman and Tambomachay. After lunch visit Sulca Textiles and the town of Pisac, famous for its Inca sites. In the early evening meet with Leonie Lange, a German born midwife who has been living in Peru for over 25 years. She is an expert in traditional midwifery and natural medicine.
  • Day 5: Sacred Valley (Fri, 4 Apr) Visit the local hospital Kausay Wasi Cosa, a privately run rural health care centre. Meet with staff and hear about rural health care for women and children. Have lunch within the beautiful Sacred Valley in a restaurant with stunning views before visiting the salt fields of Maras terraces and the Moray terraces, believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory or a place of worship, or maybe all three.
  • Day 6: Sacred Valley (Sat, 5 Apr) Travel to Willoq, a native rural Quechua community and one of the last communities whose inhabitants maintain their customs and lifestyle since the times of the Incas. Visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and explore the Inca fortress.
  • Day 7: Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu (Sun, 6 Apr) Early start and take the train to the hot spring town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Start your guided tour of the ruins with your guide. After lunch continue exploring the famous ruins of Machu Picchu and then at leisure. There is the option to visit the hot springs before dinner.
  • Day 8: Machu Picchu/Cusco (Mon, 7 Apr) Optional visit to return to the ruins of Machu Picchu or at leisure. After lunch take the panoramic train back through the valley to Cusco and check into the hotel.
  • Day 9: Cusco (Tue, 8 Apr): Visit the San Pedro market and meet with a local herbalist to learn about traditional medicine. Walking tour through the historic centre including the Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the lovely city of Cusco.
  • Day 10: Cusco/Puno (Wed, 9 Apr) Travel through the valleys of the Andes to Puno and Lake Titicaca. At Huasao, meet with the local brujas (witches), said to be able to make you successful in life and love with their potions, and cure illness with plant and animal rituals.
    Continue with the visit of the colonial town of Andahuylillas and its magnificent church of San Pedro de Andahuylillas. Visit APAINE, a health care project for poor communities in the Andes, focusing on rehabilitation. Transfer to the hotel in Puno.
  • Day 11: Puno (Thur, 10 Apr) Cruise by boat across Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. The islands are built by adding new layers Papyrus reeds. Continue the by boat to the island of Amantani. The population of this island is renowned for its fine crafts including pottery, textiles, stone carvings. Eight communities live on the island making their living from growing potatoes, corn, oca, quinoa, lima beans and green peas. Enjoy a typical local lunch in the community. Return by boat to Puno.
  • Day 12: Puno/Lima (Fri, 11 Apr) Fly to Lima. At leisure until your farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Lima.
  • Day 13: Lima (Sat, 12 Apr) Depart hotel after breakfast.

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