Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Puno (SOCIEM UNA)
Internal Medicine - General, Psychiatry, Surgery - General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Urology, Surgery - Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Pediatrics
Host family: two meals for 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 to 
In order to get the certificate you will be asked to: attend 90% of the clerkship, fill in the logbook (provided by your NMO Officers) and fill in the Evaluation Form (online).
Spanish (Good) Required: for native Spanish speakers there is not necessary of any language certificate; for non native spanish speakers it is NECESSARY a Spanish Language certificate (basic or intermidiate level as minimum) that must be delivered 1 month before of the exchange at maximum
We can accept graduated students.

* Some students could be invited to attend a nightshift, but it is NOT MANDATORY.

* The incoming student can replace workdays for nightshifts or weekends to recover absent days, previously coordinated with the LEO.

* The student is permitted to be absent for 2 days, but they have to inform the department and LEO in advance. More absent days cannot be replaced by night shifts, more working hours or weekends. , ,
Lisett Danitza SOCIEM UNA

Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; important livestock are llamas and alpacas, which graze on its immense plateaus and plains. Much of the city economy relies on the black market, fueled by cheap goods smuggled in from Bolivia. Puno is served by the Inca Manco Capac International Airport in nearby Juliaca.

Floating Islands

Puno is situated between the shores of Lake Titicaca and the mountains surrounding the city. There is less than two miles of flat land between the shores and the foothills, which has caused the growing city to continue to expand upwards onto the hillsides. As a result, the town's less developed and poorest areas, which are high on the hillsides, often have very steep streets, which are generally unpaved and cannot be accessed by automobile.

Up one of these streets is the Kuntur Wasi viewpoint, which has a large metal sculpture of a condor. There are some 700 steps to climb to reach the sculpture, but the view across the city and Lake Titicaca beyond is breathtaking.

During the celebrations of the Feast of the "Virgen de la Candelaria" and the Regional Competition of Autochthonous Dances. Puno's access to Lake Titicaca is surrounded by 41 floating islands. To this day, the Uros people maintain and live on these man-made islands, depending on the lake for their survival, and are a large tourist destination. Dragon Boat racing, an old tradition in Puno, is a very popular activity amongst tourists.

Puno is the first major hub in the constant migration of indigenous peoples of the Andes to the larger cities of Peru. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and is the recipient of new residents from surrounding smaller agricultural communities of people seeking better opportunities for education and employment. As such, Puno is served by several small Institutes of Technology, Education and other technical or junior college-type facilities. Additionally it is home to what is commonly referred to as the "UNA" or the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, which was founded in 1856.


”Universidad Nacional del Altiplano – Puno” is the most important university of the Puno Region. The Medicine faculty was created 50 years ago.

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

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


No research projects available.


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 2 - 2.5 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.