About This Trip
The shantytowns outside of Peru's largest city, Lima, need your help! You can dramatically improve the quality of life for extremely impoverished people through various solidarity projects with Creatio.
Previous projects have included building staircases to climb the hills in town, painting houses, and doing catechisis. Projects will be prioritized by greatest need and best fit with your group.
- Trip leaders
- All lodging
- Project costs
- Travel insurance
- 3 meals/day
- Ground transportation
- Group activity and entry fees
- Donations, taxes, and tips
- International flights
- Passport fees
Note About Flights
We allow you to choose your own flights to keep our trip costs as low as possible. The earlier flights are purchased, the better! We recommend checking www.kayak.com, www.skyscanner.com, and www.google.com/flights/ for flight options. Group flight options available upon request.
Typical Trip Itinerary
- Day 1: Flight to Lima, arrive in the evening
- Day 2: City tour and orientation (homes of St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres)
- Day 3-7: Mission project in shantytowns
- Day 8: Finish project, fly to Cuzco
- Day 9: Explore Machu Picchu
- Day 10: Fly to Lima, depart from Lima to US
- Day 11: Arrive in US
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.
Creatio purchases traveler insurance on your behalf so you can adventure without worrying about interrupting trip plans. Insurance covers emergency medical care, trip interruptions, etc. Insurance by StarAssist.
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
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.
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.
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/.
- 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.