Midwifery in Peru

4 - 15 Jun 2022
  • 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 - where rural life has changed very little over the last four centuries - 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 the lost city of Machu Picchu; the most magnificent legacy of the Incas.

See how both the Inca and Spanish empires left their mark on Peru as you journey through this fascinating land. This bespoke tour, supported by the Royal College of Midwives, combines a rich cultural programme with CPD professional visits. The visits examine midwifery in Peru, a country where the role of the midwife and natural birth is still developing.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

​Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

Dame Cathy Warwick was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives for 9 years and now works independently. Cathy is also Honorary Professor of Midwifery and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Midwifery and Healthcare and in 2017 was made a Dame. Cathy lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. Cathy has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Professor Warwick has previously led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, South Africa, Nepal, Brazil, Cuba, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Lima (Sat, 4 June): Arrive Lima and check into the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 2: Lima (Sun, 5 June): 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. Enjoy a panoramic city tour taking in the more modern parts of the city including Miraflores and Barranco. Dinner at a restaurant on the coast overlooking the Pacific.
  • Day 3: Lima (Mon, 6 June): Visit the University San Marco and meet with midwifery teaching staff. In the afternoon visit the Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal - Maternidad de Lima, a public hospital to see the maternity wards and midwives.
  • Day 4: Lima/ Cusco/ Sacred Valley (Tues, 7 June): Fly from Lima to Cusco. Transfer to the Sacred Valley via the Inca sites of Sancayhuaman and Tambomachay. After lunch continue through the valley to the hotel. 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 (Wed, 8 June): 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. Visit the Inca town of Pisac, famous for its ruins and market.
  • Day 6: Sacred Valley (Thurs, 9 June): Visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and explore the Inca fortress. After lunch return to the hotel with your afternoon at leisure to relax.
  • Day 7: Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu (Fri, 10 June): 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 (Sat, 11 June): 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 (Sun, 12 June): 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 (Mon, 13 June): Drive through the Andes stopping at APAINE, a healthcare establishment for poor communities in the Andes which mainly engage with children with disabilities or need rehabilitation. Arrive in Puno and Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon with time to relax before a farewell dinner.
  • Day 11: Puno/ Lima (Tues, 14 June): Full day out on Lake Titicaca. Visit the PIAS hospital ship* that sails around the lake offering medical care to the rural and isolated communities. Continue to the island of Amantani. Explore the island and meet with the local people. There will also be time to walk up to the ruins of Pachatata which offers lovely views over the island and the lake itself. Return to the mainland for flight back to Lima in the evening. Overnight in Lima.
  • Day 12: Lima (Wed, 15 June): Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your international flights.

* This Navy owned ship is active on the lake, so the visit will only be possible if the ship is docked in Puno.

Tour cost

$4,895 per person (ground only excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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