Program locations

Program Participants can choose to take their elective in the cities  Trujillo or Arequipa, or both destinations.

We are based in Trujillo which most participants choose for our medical Spanish courses and the wider choice of hospitals we work with.

Both cities have lots to see and offer, keeping program participants busy at weekends and during free time.

For those here for more than 4 weeks, a great option, at no extra cost, is to split your elective between the 2 destinations.

Trujillo

Known as the city of Eternal spring for its mild year round climate, Trujillo is the 3rd largest city in Peru with a population of about 800,000.  A Spanish colonial city with a rich history, it was first inaugurated in 1534.  It was briefly home to Simon Bolivar and the first Peruvian City to declare its independence from Spain.

Whilst the historic center of the city is home to many colonial mansions and churches, Trujillo is also quickly changing with many of the features of a modern city including modern shopping malls, and a varied nightlife with live music and clubs.  In the  heart of the city and also close to our center there are many restaurants, bars and cafes offering a wide variety of cuisine.

For some ideas of places to visit and where to eat in the city, please see www.trujillo-peru.info a guide we have recently began putting together.

Huanchaco is considered to be a surfers paradise with several surf schools. The beachfront is packed with seafood restaurants selling the catch of the day.  For serious surfers we also have Chicama nearby with one of the longest waves in the world.

On the edge of Trujillo lies the UNESCO world heritage site Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America.  

One hour outside of the city you are climbing up to the Andes mountains and will soon reach the charming town of Otuzco with famous religious icon, La Virgin de la Puerta.

The North of Peru has many wonderful attractions and destinations to visit.  Students often use their weekends to visit these including:

Mancora and the surrounding area has the best beaches in Peru.  Huaraz, the highest mountains in Peru with snow capped  glaciers and fantastic hiking Huascaran National Park.  Cajamarca is  great place for a weekend.  A mountain town has tons of history, and the place where the invading Spaniards kills the last Inca  emperor, Atahuallpa.  With direct flights from Trujillo, Cusco is another popular weekend option.

Arequipa

Peru’s second city of nearly 900,000 people is known as “The White City” for the stone used in its colonial buildings.  The historic center of the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000.

Of the many beautiful colonial buildings and mansions the most famous is Santa Catalina Monastery.  Many others have been turned into cafes and restaurants with charming courtyards.

Despite its altitude of 2,335m days are warm and evenings mild.

The dramatic backdrop to the city are the snow-capped volcanoes of El Misti, Pichupichu and Chachani which reach up to 6000 metres and can be climbed by the more adventurous.

Arequipa is also the gateway for the many visitors to the amazing Colca Canyon.  The canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States and is popular with for trekking.

For those looking to see more of the country whilst in Peru,  Arequipa is a great option.   Cusco (Machu Picchu), Puno (Lake Titicaca) and Nazca (Nazca Lines) are all great weekend trips.

Please note that  electives in Arequipa are only available for those with at least intermediate Spanish language skills.

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