Peru – Cusco Classic Mini Mission

July 10, 2024 — July 13, 2024

Starting at: $1,600

Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.


The Need

Peru is located in a highly seismically active area and major earthquakes occur frequently. In addition the country experiences heavy rainfall, flooding, droughts, forest fires, frosts and snowfalls, and the periodic occurrence of the El Niño climatic phenomenon. This makes the community vulnerable and more susceptible to diseases. The total fertility rate in 2011 was 7.7 children per woman, and the mortality rate was 10.6 per 1,000, double the national rate. The main causes of death include several preventable and infectious diseases such as, tuberculosis, pneumonia, malaria, and yellow fever. 

The Peruvian healthcare system is similar to those in other Latin American countries, so remote areas are not serviced by medical facilities. In fact, in 2009, the World Health Organization reported that the indigenous people of Peru are in dire need of outside medical assistance to help improve the quality of their lives. To make the situation more serious, communicable diseases are the leading cause of death throughout the nation. To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, IMR will send volunteers to the Andes high country to provide quality health care and medical services. Our mobile clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations.

You and the rest of the team will educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses including dengue fever, yellow fever, zika, malaria, and illness related to poor drinking water quality. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another main focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Our Work

International Medical Relief began relief efforts in Peru in 2012. Since then, more than 300 volunteers and staff have served over 9,000 patients. IMR continues to strengthen their relationship with the community and provide community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations.  

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing. 

Our medical mission teams also work toward UNSDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation by supporting and strengthening the participation of local communities in improving their water quality, and installing water filtration systems that supply communities with clean drinking water and providing education on hydration and hygiene.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

This Mission

Situated at 3,400 m (11,150 ft), Cusco is a beautiful city of whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, and soaring churches nestled in a fertile mountain basin. If you’d like to explore a bit, you can head to the Plaza de Armas to experience the social heart of this bustling city. As you walk through town, stop in for a visit to Koricancha Temple, the Main Square, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Puca-Pucara and finally, a visit to the Inka’s Expression Art Workshop where you will see local Andean Artists at work.

Your IMR team will provide medical care to various communities surrounding the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley. This is an area where traditional medicine dominates and we will have an opportunity to learn about the botanicals used by local healers. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the rich culture of this beautiful and unique area, where the people are passionate about their religion, crafts, and corn!


You will be working in the area around Cusco on this trip and will stay in modest accommodations close to the center of Cusco.  Transportation to clinic will be by bus and the rides will be beautiful!

You will love the regional food! If you are adventuresome, you might want to try cuy (guinea pig) but lamb, chicken, pork, sausages, and chalona (a dried meat) are easily found if you are not in the mood for cuy. Sweet potatoes, scrumptious stews of assorted vegetables with or without meat are amazing, Corn and cheeses in many varieties will be on all the menus – try the corn fritters! If you are a soup lover, Cusco is famous for Chiaro, a soup made with beef or lamb and vegetables. and for Lawa Soup, a cream soup made with ground corn, cheese, eggs, and potatoes. Did we mention the ice cream? Save room for the regional desserts!


A true highlight of this trip is working with the Quechua people. The Quechua work the land, and will come to clinic with a variety of complaints, including back pain, dry eyes, and infections. Nutrition is an issue, with potatoes and fats as the staple ingredient in their diet. In their traditional dress, you will find the Quechua to be warmhearted and grateful for your care.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see some of the Cusco area’s top tourist destinations? IMR offers an exclusive five-day extension to its volunteers provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators.

Worldwide Navigators offers a fantastic opportunity to continue your trip and explore off the beaten path, giving you more time to visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, and other area attractions.

Highlights include:

  • Experience sunrise on Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a cinematic train ride through the Sacred Valley into the jungle
  • Journey to the vibrant and colorful Rainbow Mountain

See the Extensions tab on this page for details on this amazing experience!

Itinerary at a Glance

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Arrivals/Optional Training Day

Thursday, July 11, 2024


Friday, July 12, 2024


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cultural and Free Day/Departures


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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey


Full Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

You will need to arrange your flight destination to be Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco, Peru. If you need assistance booking flights, please contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com. You may also choose to arrange transportation from the airport to your accommodation, which you may purchase from within your portal under Trip Add-Ons.

10 July 2024

Arrivals/Optional Training Day

Day 1

You will need to fly into Cusco, Peru, airport code CUZ. Please arrive in Cusco no later than 2:00pm Peru Time. Upon arrival, team members who have selected Airport Transfer will be transported to team lodging. Team members who have opted out of Airport Transfer will need to arrange transportation from the airport to team lodging. Once at team lodging, you can check in & freshen up, then you’ll meet up with the team already in place. Enjoy a hearty dinner and attend the team orientation to prepare you for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in the surrounding areas.

Arrive early to participate in our training day. The team will provide training for local healthcare providers to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.

Meals: Dinner,

11 July 2024


Day 2

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and then depart for your first day of clinic! Clinics will be held in the Cusco area.  You will see some of the mountain villages within a few hours of Cusco, including villages where the Quechua people live and work. There will be a little time for sightseeing around beautiful Cusco a few evenings during the week. Walk through town to find some of the best cuisine Peru has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

12 July 2024


Day 3

You will likely see many patients with mosquito-borne illnesses, as well as those with infections, wounds, and common health problems. Frequently, these patients will go without health care. The Quechua people suffer greatly from a lack of knowledge about how to manage their healthcare, resulting in needless deaths among this already diminishing population.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

13 July 2024

Cultural and Free Day/Departures

Day 4

Today will be your chance to explore the historic city of Cusco. There are many aspects that make this city unique, from its ancient Incan architectural ruins to its lively people and colorful artisans. You are invited to venture to the famous San Pedro Market, ChocoMuseo, Cristo Blanco, or make your way all the way to the beautiful archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman.

You are free to fly out of Cusco at anytime you like. Enjoy the town of Cusco and walk through the streets for one more day, or fly elsewhere and continue your adventures.  Your journey doesn’t have to end here! If you haven’t arranged for transportation with IMR, our partner Worldwide Navigators would be happy to assist you. Contact them at flights@worldwidenavigators.com.

Interested in extending your stay to see more of the area around Cusco? Watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu, take a train ride through the jungle, learn more about the Incan culture, and more! Our partner, Worldwide Navigators, offers an exclusive trip extension just for IMR volunteers! See the extensions tab on this page for details.

Meals: Breakfast,


Your Journey

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.


You’re journeying across the globe. Why not extend your stay in Cusco to experience some of the area’s top tourist attractions? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive 5-day, 4-night trip extension provided by their partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Cusco/Machu Picchu Extension


  • Experience sunrise on Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a cinematic train ride through the Sacred Valley into the jungle
  • Journey to the vibrant and colorful Rainbow Mountain


Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Arrive in the breathtaking city of Cusco. Situated at 11,150 feet, this remarkable city features a rich history, mouthwatering cuisine, and vibrant colors everywhere you look.

Spend the morning wandering through the cobblestone streets and visiting the sites of the main square. We’ll then head to Sacsayhuamán fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Onward to Kenko, where the sun, moon, and stars are worshipped. We’ll end our day to visit to the Inka’s Expression art workshop, where you will be able to see artists working in silver, paint, and wood – the perfect place to see Andean art.

Day 2: Rainbow Mountain

Don’t forget your camera! Today we journey to the infamous Rainbow Mountain, located close to Cusco. We’ll wind through gorgeous mountain roads making our way to the colorful range.

Your guide will lead you on a short hike to reach the top of the Rainbow Mountain.

We’ll return to Cusco in the evening for a night of cultural activities and delicious local cuisine.

Day 3: Treasures of the Sacred Valley

Today you’ll get to know the Sacred Valley. We’ll stop along the way to visit Moray, to view the enormous circular terraces that were used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory many years ago.

We’ll continue to Ollantaytambo, one of the most fascinating building complexes of the Inca Empire and the site of one of the Spanish Conquistadors rare strategic defeats. Famous for its terraced fields (cut into the hillsides), Ollantaytambo was an effective fortress as well as a religious center. We’ll end our day with a visit to the village of Ollantaytambo, the only “living Inca town” and the best remaining example of Inca urban planning, with stone-paved streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th Century.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for! We’ll catch the early morning train to Aguas Calientes, located at the base of Machu Picchu. This is no ordinary transport! The train ride is an experience within itself with cinematic views surrounding you.

We’ll explore the ancient Incan ruins and hear stories of how this city was built. Don’t forget your camera! These are memories & views you’ll never want to forget.

Spend the evening down in Aguas Calientes enjoying Peruvian cuisine with a view of the rushing river below. Explore the streets of this charming town and maybe take a soak in the local hot springs.

Day 5: Machu Picchu | Departure Home

There is nothing quite like a sunrise on Machu Picchu. If you’re up for it, get a head start before the sun and hike up the trail to the ruins. Watch as the morning fog lifts from the lush mountains and spend another day exploring the ruins.

This afternoon, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes to catch the returning train back to Cusco for our departures back home.

What’s Included:

  • 5-Day, 4-Night Tour
  • Ground Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • Daytime Tour Guide
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service

You Will Need to Provide:

  • Customary Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Currency Exchange Fees

5-Day, 4-Night All-Inclusive Tour Starts at $1,900. Contact Worldwide Navigators to book this extension or get more information.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $1600 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$1400 due by April 11, 2024

$1600 due by June 12, 2024

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, the participant must upload ALL your required documents and forms, sign their liability form and make your 50% donation including your $35 application fee by April 11, 2024. This savings opportunity does not apply to disaster relief missions.

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
Starting at $50+ each way plus airfare that is subject to availability at the time of booking.
Single Supplement
$100+ per night subject to availability at the time of booking
Airport Transfers
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
IMR T-Shirt
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
  • Each team member is responsible for carrying medical supplies for the deployment. All fees associated with transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.