Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Puno (IFMSA UANCV)
Internal Medicine
July, August, January, February
Two meals per day
Host family

HepB antibodies, SARS-COV-2 Test

Only clinical students after basic rotation (for SCOPE only)

Students must have passed successfully the discipline they’ve applied. ,
Hedelyn Coila Curasi
Juliaca is located in Puno. It is the largest economic center of the Puno region, and one of the largest commercial areas of Peru. It is in the vicinity of the Chacas lagoon, Lake Titicaca, the Maravillas river and the ruins known as the Chullpas de Sillustani.

The denomination of City of the Winds, is due to that during great part of the year there is presence of winds, to be located within the plateau of the collao.

It is also called Ciudad Calcetera, because its inhabitants used to make socks or stockings, including sweaters, scarves, etc., with alpaca fiber, sheep, etc. At the moment the production of confections has been transformed, until arriving to be of industrial level.

”Hospital Regional Manuel Nuñez Butrón” is the reference hospital of the region.

”Hospital III EsSalud Puno” is the most important hospital of the region.


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 are not required to give you more, although they might do. They will make your transportation to downtown and your hospital easy.


Your LEO and host will communicate with you as soon as you receive your CA (Card of Acceptance), you can ask them for any question.


Facilities will be given by our society as soon as the incomings arrive.

Contacts will help the student to get used to our transport system.

You can get by public transport:

* 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.

* 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 1.5 - 2. dollars.

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


Every Month we have a special Social program arranged with other LCs in Puno in order to create a better exchange experience.

The social program includes cultural tourism as well as nightlife.

Most activities are paid for by the local committee, but some costs may not be included in the program. The social program is unique to each city.



A visitor arrives in Puno with one look on his face and leaves with an entirely different one, more real and lasting. Maybe it is the humbling presence of the Titicaca, out of whose sparkling waters rise ancient legends. Or, perhaps it is the fantastic looking Sillustani chullpas (burial towers) lining the lake shore. Who knows. The splendor of its churches is equally hard to forget, such as Saint Dominic in Chucuito, built in 1534 and being the first and oldest church on this high plateau. It is also likely that Puno's enchantment rests in its people, their reserved nature, yet their joy, and the way they welcome visitors. Maybe it is all the aforementioned reasons everything added together.

* Puno City: The beauty and charm of the city, are a mixture of their typical constructions of Andean architecture in the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake, and that of their people, humble, poor and kind. Visit Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, La Casa del Corregidor 17th Century (Deustua Nº 576), the Arco Deustua, Huasajpata Park and the new Mirador del Condor.


* Museums in Puno: It has modest museums of regional archaeological pieces as the Museo Municipal Carlos Dreyer (Municipal Museum Dreyer) located in Conde de Lemos Nº 289 and the Museo de Arte Popular de Puno (Museum of Popular Art of Puno).


* Lake Titicaca: The highest navigable lake in the world where going through their waters is to travel by beautiful landscapes having for nice scenery the snowy mountain of the Cordillera Real (Real Mountain range) of Bolivia. Inside the lake exist a protected area of the natural ecosystem, you can also visit the islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantani, or carry out a short cruise to Copacabana and Sun Island in Bolivia.


* Floating Islands of the Uros: Lake Titicaca's top tourist attraction. Old descending Aymaras that build their houses over floating artificial islands that elaborate themselves on the waters of the Titicaca, in which they inhabit in organizations and with ancestral customs. The tourists can lodge in the houses of the natives and enjoy several days them and their local customs.


* Taquile Island Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity: UNESCO proclaimed to Taquile Island and its textile art as a Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Taquile Island is known for its textile art, which is produced as an everyday activity by both men and women, regardless of their age, and worn by all community members. The weaving tradition on Taquile island goes back to the ancient Inca, Pukara and Colla civilizations; it thus keeps elements from pre-Hispanic Andean cultures alive in the present. Besides Aymara and Spanish, the Taquile people speak Quechua, an indigenous language of Peru.


* Archaeological places of Puno: On the area of Puno flourished old pre-Inca civilizations like Tiahuanaco, Pucará and then the Inca. The best legacies are the chullpas of Sillustani and Kalasaya the fortress and citadel of Pucará and his Museo Litico Pucará.


* Around Puno: Cities and small towns that flourished to the banks of the Lake Titicaca keep architectonic colonial jewels, out stands Chucuito, Juli, Pomata, Yunguyo, these cities can be visited in the route to Desaguadero or Copacabana - Bolivia. At the north route Juliaca, Llachón, Lampa and Pucará.





Puno has been denominated the "Capital folklórica del Peru" (folkloric capital of Peru) by the wealth of its artistic and cultural expressions. Especially through the dance; there are registered more than 300 from the 1,500 existing in the national environment, autochthonous dances that reach their biggest manifestation in the celebrations of the Feast of the "Virgen de la Candelaria" and the Regional Contest of Autochthonous Dances. Calendar of Feasts.

* Virgen de la Candelaria Feast: Puno’s Candelaria Festival: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru.

The Feast in honor of Our Lady of Candlemas, patron of the city of Puno, is made in the first fortnight of February each year, and represents the largest and most important cultural event, musical and dancing by Peru, and one of the three most significant in South America along with Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Carnaval de Oruro, in the amount of symbols and artistic and cultural manifestations of the cultures themselves Quechua, Aymara and mixed by Highlands Andean and the volume of people directly and indirectly involved in its realization.