Experience Icas and Paracas With Good Life Expeditions

Did you know that when you volunteer abroad on a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip in Peru you can go on a day trip with Good Life Expeditions to see what Ica and Paracas have to offer? For only $200 USD a person, you will get to experience Peru outside of Lima and learn about the countries’ rich history and culture.

Trip Itinerary:

Beginning with a 3:30am pick-up, you will take a 3.5 hour bus ride down the Peruvian coast for a 7:00am arrival to the small seaside town of Paracas. The only national reserve on the Peruvian coast, Paracas is known for its wind-carved cliffs, diverse marine life, and ancient history.

peruvian coast paracas

Arriving early means you’ll have the chance to embark on a boat tour of the incredibly biodiverse Ballestas Islands and Paracas Bay!

The first stop on your boat ride will be the enigmatic Candelabro – a mysterious drawing etched into the sand on the side of Paracas peninsula. From the sea, you will have a perfect view of the 180m / 590ft tall carving, the historical significance of which is unknown to this day.


After hearing some of the experts’ theories on what the Candelabro represents and how it was created, continue your ride to the Ballestas Islands. A must-visit stop on any trip to the south, this cluster of impressive rocks is home to some of Peru’s most unique sea birds such as pelicans, Peruvian boobies, and Humboldt penguins. There is also a friendly colony of seals and sea lions that sun themselves on the rocks and swim through the wind-carved tunnels that give the islands their iconic silhouette.

When you’re back on shore, you will board the bus and continue to your next stop, Huacachina, which will take about one hour. Make sure to peek out the window and watch as the environment shifts dramatically from coastal clifs to spectacular sand dunes. The Huacachina Lagoon will seem to appear out of nowhere, a small green oasis amidst a vast desert, and here you will begin the next learning experience. You will board four-wheel sand buggies for a journey through the sloping dunes. Experienced drivers will take you on a natural roller coaster ride that provides stunning views of golden mountains as far as the eye can see.

Haucachina Dunes

The final stop of the day will be one of the many bodegas in the region that produce Pisco, Peru’s national drink. Ica is the heart of Peru’s wine and Pisco industry, and you will have the opportunity to learn about its role in the local economy.

bodega el catador pisco bottles

Tour Bodega Catador, and learn the intricate process of artisan Pisco production as well as the long history they have making some of the finest Piscos in Peru. Along the way, you can taste many varieties of the spirit, before boarding the bus for the relaxing return to Lima. You will arrive at approximately 10:00 pm.

About Good Life Expeditions:

MEDLIFE partners with Good Life Expeditions for all of our SLT volunteer excursions due to their commitment to giving back to the communities that these trips take place in. When you travel with Good Life Expeditions, over $75 of every $100 spent stays in developing countries. Rather than this revenue staying in typical tourist destinations, it makes its way to remote communities that need support.

If this trip sounds like something you would be interested in, visit our website to learn how you can sign up for a Service Learning Trip in Lima.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
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Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.