About This Trip
During this 9-day tour to Peru and Brazil, you will spot some great wonders of the ancient world and nature. You'll start the trip in the Spanish colonial city of Cusco, visit the colorful Pisac Market to see how the Incan descendants live today in Peru, then explore the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Fly to Foz do Iguaçu, where you can get close to feel the immense power of Iguazu Falls. The last stop is Rio de Janeiro. You'll take in the spectacular view of Rio from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and see the Christ the Redeemer standing atop Mount Corcovado.
- 1 - 4Peru
Cusco: Qurikancha, Sacsaywaman
Sacred Valley: Pisac Archaeological Park
- 5 - 9Brazil
Foz de Iguacu: Iguacu Falls
Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer, Mt. Sugar Loaf
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru!
On arrival, be welcomed by our representative at the international airport of Lima and led to your driver who is ready to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores district - an exclusive area south of downtown Peru, full of upscale shops, restaurants, and stunning coastal views.
After checking in, take a lovely walk along the clifftop to enjoy the Green Coast or find a fine restaurant to try Peruvian cuisine.
Day 2: Lima - Cusco, Cusco City Tour
Proceed to Cusco this morning by air. Take some time to relax and get your body adjusted to the high altitude (about 3,400 meters) of Cusco.
In the afternoon, meet your guide for a city tour to uncover the historical heritage of Cusco, including the site of Qurikancha -once the glorious Temple of the Sun of ancient Incas Empire- now the site of a Dominican monastery built by Spanish conquistadors. The massive Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, built on the foundations of Incas Viracocha's palace to remove the Inca religion from Cusco, is another spot not to be missed. Besides the above, you will also see the impressive stonework at the archaeological complex of Sacsaywaman and discover a variety of other Incan religious and military sites.
Day 3: Cusco - Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley
Spend the morning exploring the Sacred Valley, a lush Andes valley dotted with Inca ruins, colonial towns, and isolated villages.
Climb up the ruins of Pisac Archaeological Park to see the Incan remains of military, agricultural and religious buildings from the 15th century and capture the stunning views of the valley. Stroll through the native Pisac Market to admire colorful agricultural produce and artistic handicrafts with dazzling colors.
After lunch, a two-hour train will take you to Aguas Calientes, the closest gateway to the archeological site of Machu Picchu. On arrival, be welcomed by a local representative and escorted to your hotel for checking-in.
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- Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Cusco, Machu Picchu
Meet with your guide at the appointed time and line up with him for the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu Mountain.
Standing 2,430 meters above sea level, the mysterious Machu Picchu, one of the most sacred religious sites for Inca royalty and the UNESCO-listed Cultural and Natural World Heritage, seems naturally born from the surrounding mountains. During the guided tour to the Inca Citadel, you will see the ritual baths, the Palace of Princess, the fountain, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and then have some free time to wander around leisurely.
In the afternoon, take the shuttle descending to Aguas Calientes town and continue the train journey back to Cusco for the night.
Day 5: Cusco - Lima - Foz do Iguaçu
Free time until being transferred to the airport for the flight to Foz do Iguacu via Lima.
Upon arriving at Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of your time in the hotel.
- Foz do Iguacu
Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu - Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguaçu
The magnificent Iguazu Falls straddles Argentina and Brazil, with 80% in the former and 20% in the latter. Today, we will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge to admire the Iguazu National Park in Argentina for intimate contact with the rainforest and waterfalls.
Take the ecological train through the jungle and continue with a hike along the boardwalk trail until reaching the platform at the upper brink of the abysmal Devil's Throat. On the way, keep an eye out for the colorful endemic creatures living in the jungles.
Stand on the viewing platform to see the rushing river pouring down with thundering roaring, to feel humbled by the great nature.
- Foz do Iguacu
Day 7: Foz do Iguaçu - Rio de Janeiro
This morning, we will drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the Iguazu National Park in Brazil, walk along the trail descending that canyon and get the frontal of the waterfalls to enjoy a picturesque panoramic view. Seen from here, the falls like silky curtains draping over green cliffs. A helicopter ride over the waterfalls is recommended for those wanting to enjoy the massive natural wonder from the sky.
In the afternoon, be transferred to the airport for a flight to your next destination, Rio de Janeiro!
- Rio de Janeiro
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain
Get to know of Rio from the Sugarloaf Mountain situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Take its world-known cable cars to the hilltops to enjoy the spectacular views of the Guanabara Bay, the whole city of Rio including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, and Corcovado.
You may not know Corcovado, but you must know the huge statue of Christ in Rio. Whenever Rio appears on the screen, it is always the first thing that comes to your eyes and brings the chance to overlook the entire city of Rio and the Atlantic from God's perspective. The last stop of your Rio City Tour is Corcovado, with the century-old rack train taking you up to the mountain top for a close admiration to Christ the Redeemer.
The guided tour will take about 4.5 hours and the rest of the day is yours to discover more of the city on your own.
- Rio de Janeiro
Day 9: Rio de Janeiro, Departure
Take the last time to enjoy what Rio has to offer and meet your driver at the agreed time for a private transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.
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