Frequently Asked Questions

Is Peru safe?
Crime in Lima is comparable to large US cities, but the housing will be in a low-crime upscale suburban area.

When should I be in Lima?
It’s expected to have every participant in Lima at least one day before the planned start date. The orientation session and inauguration of the Course will be held on Sunday before the start of the course.

Can I bring family with me?
We have several participants every year who bring family members for part or for the entire course. Further logistical details are best discussed with us on a case-by-case basis.

Can I travel around Peru during the course?
Pre- and post-course excursions are encouraged and easily arranged through many local Peruvian operators. Popular excursions include Machu Picchu, Amazon cruises, Colca Canyon, Andean treks and Manu National Park. Due to the intense nature of the course, traveling during the course is difficult.

Can I use public transportation?
Yes, although we recommend using it only for short trips. The Tropical Medicine Institute is located in a relatively unsafe, impoverished area of the city, which is why we arrange daily direct transportation to and from the Tropical Medicine Institute. Buses depart at 7:00 each morning before the rush hour and only from the pick up point.