Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Lima (IFMSA UPCH)
Internal Medicine - General, Internal Medicine - Cardiology, Surgery - General Surgery, Gynaecology, Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics - Surgery, Surgery - Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Traumatology
All the year
two meals for day, maximum three
Family Host

HepB antibodies

Only clinical students after basic rotation (for SCOPE only)

All specialties necessarily require that the incoming speak Spanish at least at a basic or intermidiate level.

Lima 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. With a population of almost 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the second largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo and before Mexico City.

The money in Peru is El Nuevo Sol.

Lima's weather and climate isn't what one would expect when travelling to a city located just 12° south of the equator. It's usually described as mild and warm throughout the year without noteworthy rain making Lima one of the driest capitals in the world. The average temperatures range from 12°C/54°F to 18°C/64°F (low) and 24°C/75°F to 28°C/82°F (high).


Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia is a private university located in Lima, Peru. Nowadays we have 8 faculties, three institutes and two schools focus in the health area. It is considerated one of the best universities in Peru and is ranked as the #65 in South America, the faculty of medicine is also one of the best in Peru and it is support by the hospital Cayetano Heredia.

Hospital Cayetano Heredia is a national hospital of level III which supports the teaching Cayetano Heredia University. It is a hospital of high complexity and national reference, located in San Martin de Porres, near to the university. Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza is a national hospital of level III, located in Cercado de Lima district, in Lima city, it is composed of more than 40 specialties.

Hospital San Bartolome is a national hospital of level III, located in front of the Loayza hospital, here you can find pediatric and gynecology specialties.


In SCORE we manage different kind of projects, by the moment we only have a Clinical project without laboratory work: “Impact of Education through telephone follow-up, adherence to the treatment and glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus” in the internal medicine area, located in the hospital.

We have the support of the doctors of the hospital and the university, the place of the research will depend of the doctor and the kind of project you’ll choose, if it’s a clinical project it’s most probably in the hospital, but if it’s a laboratory project it’ll take place in the LID, located inside of the university. 


You will be hosted at a family house. They will provide you at least 2 meals per day. Also you can eat at the canteen in the hospital or in the university; the cost is around 3 dollars. We also have nice restaurants close to the university in the malls.


You will be hosted close to the university with the family of a medical student. You will have free Wifi and all the commodities.


You can use Metropolitano, a metro line that is safe and cheap and can take you almost from everywhere to the university and to Hospital Cayetano Heredia, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza or Hospital San Bartolomé. Metropolitano works every day from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm.


We will organize trips to Cuzco, Ica, Arequipa or Huaraz on the weekends. We will have the international dinner and many nights for going to party. Lima has really nice clubs for drinking and dancing in Miraflores and Barranco.


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.


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