Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Lima (IFMSA UPCH)
Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-General, Neurology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Traumatology
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
two meals for day
Family Host

HepB antibodies and tetanus, SARS-COV-2 Test
Only clinical students after basic rotation.
Only clinical students after basic rotation (for SCOPE only)
All specialties necessarily require that the incoming speak Spanish at least at a intermidiate level. , , ,

Is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area.

Temperatures rarely fall below 12 °C (54 °F) or rise above 29 °C (84 °F). Two distinct seasons can be identified: summer, from December through April; and winter from June through October. May and November are generally transition months, with a more dramatic warm-to-cool weather transition.


Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia is a leading institution of higher education in the training of professionals in the sciences of health, life and education. For 57 years, its graduates contribute to the social and economic development of the country from various professional fields.

Research and innovation are fundamental axes of the educational offer of the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia, being the Peruvian institution that presents better indicators in research and international networks.

On the other hand, the National Hospital Cayetano Heredia was created on July 21, 1968, with the name Hospital Teaching Health Center of Rimac. Later it received the name of General Hospital Cayetano Heredia. In September of the same year his first health team was set up, under the direction of Dr. Carlos López Oré, and in October he was operated on empty, after training, through special courses of all medical and paramedical personnel.

The National Hospital Cayetano Heredia, is recognized as a national leader for its contribution to the country in technology, generation of health programs and training of professionals and technicians. In addition, he has always had an ideal of excellence in his triple activity: welfare, teaching and research.


Our students participate in research projects, and access state-of-the-art laboratories. We are the institution in Peru with the highest number of international scientific publications between 2000-2014 according to SCImago.


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 student's 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.



  • Collective Cars.

There are many collective cars on the city, there are many routes so you can easily go wherever you want. The fare is like 0.5 dollar.

  • Mototaxis

They are typical cars of some cities, for example in Lima. They are very cheap, is like 0.5 – 0.8 dollars.

  • Taxis

They are expensive but safer and fast, you can take a taxi if you’re late or at midnight for example. The fare depends on the distance, it can be from 2 - 7 dollars.


We have an excellent social program, between two or four activities per week, including parties, dinners, walks, visits to museums and monuments.

The student can schedule trips outside the city on his own, for which we can guide him. Peru is a beautiful multicultural country!

Students can travel to Ica, Huaraz, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno and the jungle (they are our recommendations).


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

Lima Main Square


The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas (as it was known until 1990), is the oldest public place in Lima. In 1535 the conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded on the area of an existing indigenous settlement the city of Lima. He designed a main square in the central part of the future city Lima with all important institutions built around it.



Presidential Palace


In 1535 Francisco Pizarro founded Lima and built his "palace" exactly on the same place where the main authority of the Rimac Valley at this time, the curazco Taulichusco, had his residence. When Lima was granted the title of Viceroyalty the "Casa de Pizarro" became the first Spanish Viceroys Palace in Lima.


Museum in the Convent of San Francisco


The Church and Convent of San Francisco is besides the Cathedral of Lima probably the most significant religious complex in Lima and the most successful and impressive monument of Colonial architecture in whole Latin America. One of the "must-do's" in Lima is a highly recommended tour through the monastery. It gives an impressive inside on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times


Torre Tagle Palace


Considered one of the most magnificent buildings in South America, this unique mansion shows the elegance and grace of the architecture in the early 18th century. It was built in 1730 by José B. Tagle, the Marquis of Torre Tagle and treasurer of the Royal Spanish fleet. His coat of arms is still visible above the door.



The Magic Water Circuit


The Parque de la Reserva was originally opened in 1929 to commemorate all the civilian reservists who fought in the defence of Lima during the War of the Pacific. But more than 65 years later Parque de la Reserva became one of Lima's most visited tourist attractions and houses today a water and light show called the Circuito Magico del Agua (The Magic Water Circuit).


Archeological Museum Rafael Larco Herrera


Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and a famous erotic archaeological collection.







National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History


Founded in April 1826, the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru (MNAAHP) is Peru's oldest state museum. On display is a wide range of perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles, metals, organic materials and lithic's. Furthermore objects of historic-artistic value are exhibited. The documentary, photographic and bibliographic collections tell the story of Peru in the Colonial and Republican time.


Parque de las Leyendas


The Parque de las Leyendas is Lima's traditional zoo. But it's much more than that. It is located amidst a big part of Lima's most extensive ancient city and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic complexes at the central Peruvian coast called the Archaeological Complex of Maranga. The park successfully manages to combine ecology, archaeology, education and relaxation.


Parque Zoologico Huachipa


Parque Zoologico Huachipa is Lima's second zoo. Even though way smaller than the Parque de las Leyendas the privately owned park is a great place for families to enjoy a day. The zoo is a nicely arranged refuge for over 1000 animals of more than 200 species. Next to the "international" animals you find numerous indigenous Peruvian animals; a great way to learn more about local animal species and have fun.


For more information about Lima tourism you can visit:


The most important places to see in the city and around the city.

Bridge of Sighs

Built in 1876 and inaugurated on February 14 during the government of Mayor Enrique García Monterroso; Its construction was a fundamental need for the ends of the ravine and allow the passage of the banks of Ayacucho Street, La Ermita. He endured the war in the Pacific and witnessed the destruction of Barranco on January 14, 1881, the date on which Chilean troops burned the city, destroying part of the Temple of the Hermitage and the Bridge, for which it was processed in turn, being repaired several times.


Pedro de Osma Museum

The artistic collections of this Museum come from the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister between 1936 - 1967. Great connoisseur of Peruvian viceregal art, Don Pedro de Osma met gradually around the family heritage remarkable objects of the various genres and techniques that reflect the richness of Peruvian art of the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Wonderful. It remains on the Av. That bears his name, Av. Pedro de Osma 423 - Barranco.



The Magical Water Circuit

Is a park in Lima where you can enjoy a night show of water fountains and lights. It was inaugurated in 2007 and in 2009 it was awarded the Guinness record for being the highest fountain complex in the world in a public park.


Museum of Art of Lima

It is a museum visited by both tourists and locals. Its collection is composed of 17,000 works of Peruvian art from the pre-Columbian, colonial and republican periods. The building that houses the museum is an impressive neo-Renaissance building built in 1871.




An ideal place to buy, eat and have a good time, enjoying a spectacular view of the sea. We are the only commercial center built on a cliff and in harmony with nature, in one of the busiest districts of Lima, such as Miraflores.