Nutrition & Natural Medicine in PERU

“The opportunities that were presented to the students in the program are not things that you can find anywhere else, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.”

Taylor Calbert – Georgia College

Nutrition & Natural Medicine in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru!

Learning about medicinal plants on a plant identification hike

Peruvian Super Foods * Andean Natural Medicine * Nutrition * Holistic Health * Organic Foods *  Vegan Cooking * Peruvian & Andean Cultures * Medicinal Plants * Cleansing * Hiking in the Andes * Aromatherapy

Visiting the ruins at Ollantaytambo
Learning about Andean medicine

Program Dates

Peruvian super foods at the local market
  • Winter Break 2024/2025: December 28, 2024-January 11, 2025
    • Apply by September 1, 2024*
  • Summer 2025: July 20-August 2, 2025
    • Apply by February 1, 2025*
  • Customized dates are possible for groups. Contact us to discuss.
  • The program is 2 weeks long; and, you have the option to extend your stay by adding a customized internship or volunteer experience. Another option to extend your stay is through multi-day treks, hiking, or other tourist packages to explore more of Peru.
  • *Space is limited. Preference is given to those who apply first. 
Nutrition and food prep workshop
Nutrition and Natural Medicine
Herbal Medicine – Plant identification hike in the Andes!

Program Description

Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas!

Learn about holistic nutrition and alternative medicine in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru! This program was designed for those interested in gaining a better understanding about holistic health, food as medicine, plant-based medicine, natural medicine and nutrition. Participants learn from a variety of experts (i.e. herbalists, Andean medicine practitioners, vegan chefs, nutritionists, Andean guides, and aromatherapists). We take a very hands-on approach to learning through workshops, cooking classes, plant identification hikes, and patient treatments.

Program Fee: $2,995

Making medicine with local plants
Nutrition and Natural Medicine
Treating Patients with Plant-based Medicines

Former students share their experience: Sarah from Fort Lewis College, Elizabeth from Chico State

Learning about herbal medicine


Nutrition and Natural Medicine
Visiting a High Andean Community


  • Pre-departure support (pre-departure orientation, packing list, travel tips, what to expect, assistance finding flights, etc.)
  • International health & accident insurance
  • Airport transportation to/from Cusco airport
  • Welcome orientation & guided tour of the town
  • Acclimatization hike
  • 24/7 local program coordinator support
  • Workshops (Peruvian Superfoods, Herbology, Medicinal Plants, Vegan Cooking, Cleansing)* Note: Workshops topics may be subject to change.
  • Excursions (Organic Planting, Day hikes identifying medicinal plants and herbs, Market visit to identify super foods) Note: Excursions may be subject to change.
  • Accommodation: Housing (shared room & bathroom). Private room available upon request and for an additional fee.
  • Some Meals
  • Guided Hikes & Cultural Activities
    • Cultural activities
    • Guided hikes
Vegan ceviche

Not Included

  • Round-trip flight to Cusco (Student fares are available here).
  • Extra travel, additional meals, miscellaneous expenses (beyond those described above)
  • Optional add-on trips to Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, Puerto Maldonado, Lima, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, and more available upon request.
  • Traveler’s insurance (optional).

Application Process

By the application deadline, complete the application process as described here

Placement Process

1)      Upon receipt of the acceptance email, the signed terms and conditions document is due within 7 days of acceptance. Then, the Program Fee deposit of $1,000 is due. Make your deposit as soon as possible to secure your placement, as space is limited. Note: This deposit is not an extra fee; it will be deducted from your total Program Fee. This deposit is not refundable except under extreme circumstances as outlined in the terms and conditions.

2)     2 months before the program starts,  pay program fee balance. Payment plans are available upon request.

3)       At least 1 month prior to program start date, complete all participant supporting documents and upload them to the application portal. This includes: a copy of your flight itinerary, a scanned copy of your passport, medical release “doctor’s note” from a doctor that you have had a travel physical and vaccination consultation and are physically and mentally fit to participate.

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