Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Arequipa (SOCIEMA)
Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Traumatology, Psychiatrics
January, February, April, June, July, August, September, October, December
Two meals for day.
Host family.

Only clinical students after basic rotation
Vaccine for Hepatitis B
Spanish basic or intermediate level

Dress code

It depends , in Essalud Hospital you will need strictly formal clothes: shoes,pants and shirt; also you can bring surgical clothes for surgical specialities.


 bring surgical clothing

Upon Arrival documents

Two months before arrival ,
Luis Alberto Soncco Mamani

Arequipa is the capital and largest city of the Arequipa Region and the seat of the Constitutional Court of Peru. It is Peru's second most populous city with 861,145 inhabitants, as well as its third most populous metropolitan areaaccording to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) 

Arequipa is located at a height of 2325 m. Arequipa is the second most industrialized and commercialized city in Peru. Its industrial activity includes manufactured goods and camelid wool products for export. The city has close trade ties with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.

The city was founded on August 15, 1540 by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal as "Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción". During the Colonial period, Arequipa became highly important for its economic prosperity and for its loyalty to the Spanish Crown.

After Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821, Arequipa acquired greater political significance, and was declared the capital city of Peru from 1835 to 1883.

The historic center of Arequipa spans an area of 332 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic heritage, natural scenery and cultural sites make the city a major tourist destination. Its religious, colonial, and republican architectural styles blend European and native characteristics into a unique style called "Escuela Arequipeña




”Universidad Nacional de San Agustin” is the most important university of the Arequipa Region. The Medicine faculty ” was created 61 years ago, being one of the most importants schools in the south of the country. 
”Hospital Regional Honorio Delgado Espinoza”& "Carlos Alberto Seguin Escobedo"are the reference hospital of the region,level III.


Our scientific society writes and presents research projects on a continuous basis to congresses and conferences.
Our hospitals,has the necessary laboratories to be able to make a correct diagnosis of the patient and to provide an adequate knowledge to the student.


Your lodging will be at a host family,often is located closer to the Hospital. They will provide you at least two meals per day. They and your contact person will make your transportation to downtown and your hospital easy.


You will be staying in the students family home. You will have basic services: water, electricity, internet,etc. It
is only asked to respect and comply with the rules of coexistence of the house in which you stay. You must contact the LEO and the host as soon as you receive your reception card,you can ask any questions.


The easiest way to get to the city is by plane ; just 1.5 hours , also bus but are 16 hours (we recommend CRUZ DE SUR or some VIP service, for the safety of your luggage)


-  Public bus(combi): There are many combis on the city, there are many routes so you can easily go wherever you want. The fare is like 0.3 dollar.

- Taxis. They are expensive but safer and fast, you can take a taxi if you’re late or at midnight for example. The fare is like 2 - 2.5 dollars.


We organize activities

  • In Arequipa city
  • Bus tours of the most important places,
  • Night parties,
  • International Dinner,
  • Lunch in a traditional place, among others.

Out of town:Colca, Cuzco y Puno or others.

We have an excellent social program,with three activities per week,including parties,dinners,adventure sports,walks,visits to waterfalls,colca canyon,among others. We offer you an international dinner,welcome dinner,also upon arrival trainning(UAT).
Students can travel on weekend to Ica, Cusco,Puno and the jungle (they are our recommendations).


Most important places to see in the town and around the town.

City tour

It could be by walk or bus

Religious and civil-public monuments like: Arequipa Cathedral and Museum, The Society of Jesus Church and Complex, these as well as other colonial churches, bridges, etc.


Campiña tour

The countryside of Arequipa is one of the areas to know, surrounding by pre Incas terraces following largest river comes from the highlands. It’s a very attractive and easy touring, give many possibilities to explore walking, biking, riding a horse, etc.


Colca canyon

Is a canyon of the Colca River, located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa. With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.



The culinary traditions of Arequipa, the White City, can be best enjoyed in the so-called picanterías. A good meal starts with hot red peppers stuffed with minced meat, spices, cheese, eggs and milk (rocoto relleno); then the so-called “soltero” made of broad beans, corn, olives and chopped hot red peppers; and ocopa or sliced potatoes with peanut, onion and cracker cream and, finally, chicharrones or “deep-fried” pork. Favorite desserts are fritters made of flour, eggs and milk and bathed in molasses syrup; “queso helado” cinnamon, coconut and spices ice cream, plus chocolates and toffees.

Good local beers, regional sodas and corn beer called chicha de jora are popular. Digestives are “té piteado” (tea and anise liqueur) or Nájar anise liqueur.






The Historic Center of Arequipa is characterized by its 500 colonial mansions, where half of the buildings have been restored for institutional use, such as the Casa del Moral, an imposing building in the Baroque style, as well as the Casa Ricketts, the former headquarters of the San Jerónimo Seminary. a mixture of baroque and mestizo. In addition, you can not miss the exhibitions in the Municipal Historical Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Archeology Museum of the National University of San Agustin and the Catholic University of Santa María de Arequipa, among others.

The tourist attractions that are part of the Historical Center are Arequipa's Plaza de Armas, Arequipa Cathedral, Santa Catalina de Siena Monastery, Recoleta Convent, Church and Cloister of the Society of Jesus, Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, La Merced Church , San Agustín Church, San Lázaro Neighborhood, Santa Teresa Museum of Colonial Art and the Carmelite Church and Convent.









By far, the most interesting place to visit in Arequipa is the convent of Santa Catalina. Built as a city in a city in 1580 and expanded in the 17th century. This is probably the largest convent in the world. 450 nuns lived for more than 400 years, they had no contact with the outside world. The inhabitants of Arequipa had no idea what happened between the high walls of the complex. There were a lot of rumors and stories circulating around people. Santa Catalina became involved in mystery and silence until 1970 when a large part of the convent opened its doors to the public. Nuns still live in the area north of the complex.



Located to the northeast of the Arequipa region at about 3 600 m s.n.m., very close to the Ampato and Sabancaya volcanoes, is the Colca Canyon, considered one of the deepest in the world, reaching approximately 4,160 meters depth. With an Andean vegetation privileged by its climate, this impressive valley belongs to the province of Caylloma.From the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, visitors can enjoy the flight of this majestic bird in danger of extinction that inhabits the canyon. Its varied fauna will make the traveler can also enjoy the presence of animals such as alpaca, vicuña, vizcachas, foxes, pumas, eagles, hawks, owls, among others.

In the Colca Canyon, tourists will have the opportunity to practice extreme sports such as canoeing, mountaineering, mountain climbing, fishing, trekking, among others, in addition to visiting Sangalle oases and thermal waters.









Among all the convent cloisters erected in the colonial Arequipa, the Company's ones stand out remarkably, not only for their rich ornamentation, but also for their grandeur and originality."The lush decoration seems to speak of the inexhaustible imagination of its author and the desire not to copy anything of the known.It is rarely possible to contemplate something more original and more beautiful"











The Sillar Route in Arequipa is a tourist circuit where one can appreciate the origin of the architecture of Arequipa, a great tour to enjoy the tradition, history and unique beauty of the place. The sillar quarries in the city of Arequipa are located in the northwest part of the city, comprising the districts of Yura, Cerro Colorado and Uchumayo. The area, known as the Quebrada de Añashuayco.

The Sillar Route has cultural, historical and natural attractions of great importance for the city of Arequipa. It currently comprises a length of 2 thousand meters covering the quarry in operation «Cutters» and the virgin quarry «Culebrillas».



The viewpoint of Yanahuara, a group of beautiful sillar arches built during the 19th century, due to the location in which it is located, is a must-see, as it allows you to admire the beautiful white city of Arequipa, having a panoramic view of its three volcanoes (the Misti, Chachani, and the Pichu Pichu). We can also observe engravings written by illustrious people from the city of Arequipa.

The district, due to its altitude variation parameter, has a warm temperate climate in the traditional zone with an average annual temperature that ranges from 15º to 18º, reaching temperatures higher than 23º. It should be noted that on average there are about 330 sunny days per year during the 8 a.m. at 5 p.m., with strong and dangerous solar radiation between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. hours, so preventive measures must be taken to protect the skin.