Dr. Minger and Brittany are out of the office this week working in Peru. They have set up a field clinic in a community center and are seeing patients this week with Dental Community Fellowship.
For the past seven years, DCF teams have been working high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They are visiting a new location this time. 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 they will have the opportunity to paricipate in 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.