We will be visiting a new location this June. Paracas is a town on Peru’s west coast. It’s known for beaches, like El Chaco, set on sheltered Paracas Bay. The town is a launch point for the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins. Rugged, wildlife-rich Paracas National Reserve spans desert, ocean, islands and the Paracas Peninsula. The peninsula’s Paracas Candelabra is a huge prehistoric geoglyph, etched into a hillside.
In addition to the mission we have options for two excursions. One is to the Ballestas Islands and one to Huacachina. The Ballestas Islands is a vibrant and colorful wildlife sanctuary that is filled with wild birds and mammals, including sea lions, fur seals, and endangered Humboldt penguins. On rare occasions, it is even possible to see dolphins and whales.
Huacachina is a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes. It is in the Ica Province, about five kilometers from the city of Ica in the Ica District. The oasis features on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note. Huacachina has a permanent population of around 100 although it hosts many tens of thousands of tourists each year.
The estimated ground costs for the 2017 Peru trip is $750 for MUSC Students and $850 for all others. These costs do not include air travel.
Team Breakdown (maximum numbers):
9 others including wives, hygenists, dental assistants, helpers
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