July 11-25: Christ in the City Clean Cookstove Adventure Mission to Peru


HUARAZ, PERU

July 11-25, 2017

Cost to be Fundraised by June 10

With Air: $1,795

Without Air: $1,026

Includes

Three meals/day, ground transportation, lodging, project costs, group activity and entry fees, donations, trip leaders, taxes and tips

Excludes

Travel insurance, souvenirs or miscellaneous purchases

Buying your own plane ticket?

Please be in Lima on or before 10pm on July 12.  Please plan to leave Lima after 11PM on July 24.  It would be ideal if your travel plans could fit this timeframe.  Any cost or complication that comes up outside of the prearranged group travel will be your responsibility.  For questions or suggestions on integrating your plans with the CIC group plans, please contact our Missions and Adventures Director, Kevin Greaney.

The group flight is:

To Peru Flight # Date From To Departure Arrival Arrival Date
Spirit Airlines 970 7/11/17 Denver (DEN) Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 11:21 PM 5:10 AM 7/12/17
Spirit Airlines 977 7/12/17 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Lima (LIM) 5:07 PM 9:49 PM
To the USA
Spirit Airlines 978 7/24/17 Lima (LIM) Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 10:50 PM 5:43 AM 7/25/17
Spirit Airlines 355 7/25/17 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Denver (DEN) 8:15 PM 10:21 PM

Register now to secure your spot!

Christ in the City will cover your $100 deposit upon registration

Previous Missionaries

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“I came home with a heart full of the beauty of the created earth, the joy that comes from the gift of self, and the love of God given freely in so many forms.”

Ana | Huaraz Missionary

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“The experience was that of a lifetime. I am so thankful to God and to everyone who helped me to get down there to Peru. I truly encountered the face of God and I do feel as though my life has been changed from this experience. I understand myself better, and most of all, I understand Love better. And God is Love.”

Anonymous | Creatio Peru Missionary

Clean Cookstove Trip Details

The Need

Around 8 people per minute die globally from regular exposure to smoke from indoor cooking fires. More than half are deaths among children under five years old. By sourcing local materials to build and install clean cookstoves, we will make a significant impact in eliminating these devastating health impacts . Locals will be educated on the harmful effects of indoor open fire cooking. Missionaries will be trained to build these stoves alongside skilled installation experts. We will also be working with the locals to make sure they are trained in the use and care of the stoves.

Locations

Lima
Missionaries will fly into this historic capitol of Peru that boasts several gorgeous cathedrals, historic landmarks, a vast coastline and some of the best cuisine in South America.

Huaraz
This beautiful city, located in the Andes Mountains, is one Peru’s most popular tourist destinations. Despite this, the outlying areas are suffering from great poverty and in need of basic technologies that provide energy, clean water, and safe ways of cooking.

Llupa
This rural village lies just outside of Huaraz. This community is in great need of clean cookstoves and is where most of the planned work activities will take place.

Lodging

Creatio partners with local communities, families and hotels to host the missionaries and ensure all accommodations are satisfactory throughout the trip. Because this is a mission trip, conditions may not exactly be 5 star, but basic needs for missionaries will always be met (warm place to sleep, blankets, etc).

Itinerary

(subject to change)

  • Day 1: Flight to Lima, arrive in the evening
  • Day 2: Tour Lima, depart for Huaraz
  • Day 3: Preparation for Mission, tour Huaraz
  • Day 4: Community Education Meeting
  • Day 5-12: Mission Project
  • Day 13: Hike to Laguna 69
  • Day 14: Return to Lima, depart for US

Spirituality

Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

 

Creatio is a Catholic organization. Missionaries are not required to be Catholic; however, Peru is strongly Catholic in culture. Tours will include churches and religious places that have contributed largely in forming of the culture of Peru.

Getting to Peru

Arrival and Departure

All flights will depart from and return to Denver, CO (DEN). Flights will arrive in Lima (Jorge Chávez Airport – LIM). Missionaries will be given instructions for airport pick-up as we get closer to departure date.

Additional Details

Flights will depart from Denver. If you are not located in Denver, you are responsible for arriving in Denver at least three hours prior to departure. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights. You are responsible for your transportation and lodging should you choose to arrive early or leave later. If your flights are not within the time range given, you will be responsible to change your flight or pay the extra costs attributed to the change (cost of a new flight in-country, transportation, lodging, etc…)

Travel Insurance

All missionaries are required to purchase their own traveler insurance. You can compare options and decide what is best for you, but it should include coverage for medical and travel occurrences. We recommend using TravelGuardYou must send a copy of your traveler insurance card to Creatio.

Medical Insurance

In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you.

Health & Safety Information

Zika

Due to widespread coverage and worry over the Zika virus in South America, Creatio has thoroughly researched the disease and its prevention in order to make sure our missionaries will be safe while in Peru.

Peru is currently rated by the CDC at “Alert-level: 2”, meaning that travelers need to practice enhanced precautions.

Precautions include: Regularly applying EPA registered bug sprays, using mosquito nets when possible, wearing long sleeves and pants or wearing permethrin-treated clothing.

Zika transmission through mosquito bites is highly unlikely at an elevation above 6,500 feet. Our destination in Huaraz is at about 14,000 feet and will not be at risk of mosquito-transmitted Zika. We will be traveling through lower elevations however, and on those days, missionaries will be practicing the precautions listed above.

Creatio does not recommend that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant go on this mission trip. Creatio also asks that missionaries abstain from any sexual activity during the trip, as this is the only other proven method of Zika transmission.

If a missionary should experience symptoms of Zika infection during or after the trip, they should get tested as soon as possible.

Health Information

We recommend you undergoing a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the mission trip.

Huaraz is at a high altitude in the Andes (10,000 feet). Even healthy and fit people often feel symptoms of hypoxia (lack of oxygen, headaches, nausea, increased respiration and heart rate, gastric upsets) and need time to adjust to the altitude. If you are able some workout prior to departure to be better disposed for hard work in high altitudes, we would recommend it.

Food safety is an important issue when traveling internationally. Local tap water in Peru is not potable. Only bottled or treated (disinfected) water should be used for drinking. Do not use ice, avoid getting tap water in your mouth when showering and brushing teeth, and do not use tap water to wash fruits and vegetables. Meats and fish should be thoroughly cooked. Avoid cheap restaurants or food sold in the streets. If you don’t follow these instructions, you will probably go through an episode of diarrhea that can make traveling in the Andes a rather uncomfortable (and memorable) experience, to say the least.

Medical Care

Lima: Medical care in Lima is generally good. There are four good hospitals (Clínica San Borja, Clinica Tessa, Clínica San Felipe, Clínica Javier Prado) that are a 10-15 minute drive from the retreat center. All of these hospitals can treat serious medical conditions or acute illnesses.

Huaraz: The San Pablo Clinic in Huaraz, located in Ancash, offers quality medical service, has over 30 medical specialty offices, 29 modern hospital rooms and an Emergency room that provides medical attention 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more country-specific health and safety information, visit www.travel.state.gov for details.

Creatio trip leaders have years of experience leading trips to Peru. The local guides have all lived in Peru for more than two years, are fluent in Spanish and English, and are knowledgeable about Peruvian geography, history, culture, and safe travel procedures.

During our trip, we will not visit areas that either the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Lima has categorized as dangerous. In Peru, the U.S. Government is able to assist American citizens through their Embassy in Lima. Click here for access to the Embassy website containing the contact information of the Embassy and Consular Agent.

Peru is a developing country that may go through periods of political and economic instability. Labor-related strikes occur with certain frequency in urban or rural areas, and generally cause serious disruptions to road, air, and rail transportation. Demonstrations are often announced, yet not always. We may have to make some modifications to our schedule due to marches or strikes. Participants must be open to unexpected changes.

Like many large cities around the world, Lima suffers from crime. They require care while traveling, but are generally safe places. In these cities we will visit museums, historic places, and other tourist areas that attract large crowds.  As you know, thieves operate in places that gather large crowds and therefore you should be especially careful. You are advised to keep your credit cards, cash, and identification in your front pocket or a secure money holder. You should not carry your original passport unless you are traveling by train, bus or plane. If the police request identification, a copy of the passport is acceptable. You don’t want to waste time replacing your driver license, passport, or other identification during your trip. You should limit your cash in hand (just carry what you will need for the day) and unnecessary credit cards. It is better to avoid handbags or objects that hang freely, because those are easy targets for pickpockets.

We urge you to be watchful of your belongings, because if you leave them behind in a tourist area or other location, you will probably not see them again (even if you notice a few minutes later). The idea of a place for “lost and found” objects is unfamiliar in rural areas or shanty towns. During overnight bus or train rides, stay close to your belongings. If you leave the bus during scheduled stops, take your valuable objects with you.

In many cities, you will see plenty of moneychangers in the streets. Even though they may give you a higher rate than the one offered by banks and money exchange agencies, you are advised to avoid them because some of them are a conduit for counterfeit currency.

Pirated goods are widely available. Do not buy them. You will be breaking the law. Additionally, if you bring them back to the US, you could face severe fines (e.g. $ 250,000). Certain drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Peru are illegal in the US. Please be sure you check before attempting to bring them back into the US. For instance, coca-leaf tea is a popular beverage and folk remedy for altitude sickness in Peru and is sold in most Peruvian supermarkets. However, possession of these tea leaves is illegal in the US so do not attempt to bring any back with you.

For additional security information about Peru, you can go to the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website athttp://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/peru.html or the U.S. Embassy in Lima at http://lima.usembassy.gov/.

Required Documents

US Citizens:
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Non US Citizens or those traveling from outside of the US:
  • Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
  • Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.

What To Bring

Carry-On Luggage (Recommend a backpack/day pack):

  • Passport
  • Travelers insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Emergency Contact Information (we will give it to you before you depart)
  • Cash in US dollars
    • Bringing money – We recommend bringing $200-$300. You can choose to exchange US dollars for Peruvian soles either before you depart or in Lima. Wells Fargo has a good exchange rate if you are a member. We recommend that you bring at least some cash from the US for anything you might want at the airport.
  • Personal debit and credit cards – There are ATMs in Lima, but not many in Huaraz. Be aware of international fees.
    1. Call your debit card company at least one week in advance to inform them of where you are traveling and the dates (phone number on card).
    2. Know your PIN. You can’t use your debit card in Peru without it.
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications – in original containers. Bring any special or over-the-counter medications you need with you from the US.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) – All liquids must be in 3 oz containers or less and all placed in one quart-sized Ziploc bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spiritual materials – Bible, journal, Rosary, spiritual reading, etc.
  • Water bottle – empty to go through security

Checked Luggage (50 lb max):

  • Copy of your ID, Passport, traveler insurance card, and medical insurance card
  • Jeans/pants, t-shirts, sweatshirt for work (you will get dirty). Please bring only modest clothes – no tank tops (always have shoulders covered) and shorts knee length or longer.
  • Comfortable, casual outfits for touring, sightseeing, and walking
  • Nicer clothes for mass, restaurants (decent clothes without holes – “dressy” clothes like skirts and dressy pants aren’t necessary, but you may bring them if you would like)
  • Shorts (remember length)
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing suit
  • Work gloves
  • Two warm sweaters
  • Coat for nights (it will get cold in the mountains)
  • Lightweight winter hat and gloves
  • Poncho/rain jacket
  • Sandals/Flip flops – for shower
  • Walking shoes
  • Old tennis shoes or work boots
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Small roll of toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Sleeping Bag (30 degree °F rating or lower)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Lip balm and lotion
  • Secure money/Passport carrying case
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Prescription glasses – If you wear contacts, please be sure to bring your glasses as well. You will be asked not to wear your contacts certain work days since dust will likely get underneath them.

Optional:

  • Camera/batteries/charger
  • Leatherman or knife
  • Debit card and PIN
  • Earplugs
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Granola bars, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade powder packets, etc.
  • Cards or small games for down time
  • Spanish translation book
  • Mass parts and Rosary in Spanish
  • Electrical converter – voltage in Peru is 220V compared to 110V in the US. Check any electrical item you want to bring. If it is not able to use 220V, you will need to bring an electrical converter.

Second Checked Bag (50 lb max) – optional:

Some airlines allow two free checked bags. Check with yours to confirm luggage costs. If you would like to bring a second checked suitcase with items to leave, the following are good items the people in Peru need (We recommend using an old suitcase you don’t mind leaving behind.):

  • Warm clothes/jackets/blankets
  • Rosaries or other religious items (holy cards, “How to Pray the Rosary” booklets, bibles, etc.)
  • Work gloves
  • School supplies (crayons, scissors, pencils, etc.)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste (dental hygiene isn’t good there)
  • Soccer balls or volleyballs (deflated for travel)