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Brazil and Peru Tour: Rio De Janeiro + Iguassu + Machu Picchu + Cusco + Lima

Brazil & Peru Tour: Rio + Iguassu Falls + Machu Picchu
JYD12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Brazil and Peru Tour Rio De Janeiro Iguassu Machu Picchu Cusco Lima

This shared Brazil and Peru tour combines the highlights of these two South American countries, starting in beautiful Rio de Janeiro where we ascend Sugarloaf Mountain, visit Copacabana Beach & see the giant Christ statue. Visit Iguassu Falls, before continuing to the Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima. All specified transfers & sightseeing included, but not flights. Departs monthly. Min 2/max 20.

Brazil and Peru Tour Rio De Janeiro Iguassu Machu Picchu Cusco Lima
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Brazil and Peru Tour
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Rio De Janeiro
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ Statute, Corcovado
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Copacabana Beach
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Iguassu Falls
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Lima, Peru tour
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Brazil and Peru Tour
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Rio De Janeiro
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ Statute, Corcovado
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Copacabana Beach
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Iguassu Falls
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Lima, Peru tour
Day 1
You will be met at Rio de Janiero Airport and transferred to your hotel  in this iconic city - famous for its magnificent setting and enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down from Corcovado Mountain - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
 
Rio is also home to the magnificent Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca beaches and known for its samba and bossa nova dancing, carnivals and music festivals.
Day 2
Today your group tour starts with a half day tour of Rio de Janeiro, known locally as Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City').
 
After a tour of the downtown area, we stop at the huge Metropolitan Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Sebastian), built in the form of an ancient Mayan pyramid. We then walk through Flamengo Park, the largest public park in Rio, to one of the most famous symbols of the city - Sugarloaf Mountain.
 
You will travel all the way to the top in two cable cars. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. The second cable car takes us all the way to the top, with wonderful views over Copacabana beach, Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niterói.
 
We return by cable car and transfer back to your hotel, with your afternoon free to explore more of Rio independently.
 
Note: On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of a similar quality.
Day 3
Today enjoy a half day tour to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
 
We start by boarding the cog train from Cosme Velho Station to Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy the steep 20-minutes train journey through the dense Atlantic rainforest of Tijuca, with wonderful views of the lush tropical vegetation, and scenic landscapes of the city and its beaches below. Disembark and climb the steps or take the escalators to the base of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the 7 wonders of the modern world - and enjoy its spectacular 360 degree panoramas.
 
After descending by cog train, we drive past some of Rio's famous beaches - Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana - before you are dropped off at your hotel, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Foz do Iguassu Airport, situated near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world.
 
The mighty Iguassu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters", straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil - although almost 80% of the falls are on the Argentinian side. It is situated in a huge tropical rainforest that has been declared a World Heritage Site, with countless flora and fauna species. It is regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
On arrival enjoy a tour of the Brazilian side of these incredible falls, with panoramic views of the nearly 2-mile (3 km) cliff edge. We take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop at different viewing points.
 
The volume of water flowing over the falls varies greatly depending on seasonal rainfall, but the falls are a spectacular sight at any time of year. The waterflow is highest between October and March, with the heaviest rains from December to February, when many trails are closed.
 
Afterwards there is the option to visit the Bird Park, which is home to over 900 birds and 150 different species.
Day 5
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the mighty Iguassu Falls.
 
Comprising approximately 275 separate cascades, the falls form a curtain of foaming water that crashes over a vast granite amphitheatre and into the jungle below. Resembling a reversed letter "J", most of the Iguazu River plunges down through an area known as The Devil’s Throat, with the rest spreading out over a wide shelf that splits into hundreds of different waterfalls.
 
There are a series of walkways that lead above, below and behind the falls, with breathtaking views. You can also hope to see monkeys, toucans, parakeets and other wildlife in the rainforest.
 
Note: Take your passport for the border crossing. Also take rain gear, as you will get wet visiting the Argentina side of the falls.
Day 6
Transfer to Foz do Iguassu Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Lima Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax in this capital city - the largest in Peru and its gastronomical centre.
Day 7
Today enjoy a half day tour of Lima, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well preserved architecture. Founded in 1535, it was re-named the "City of Kings" when it was conquered by the Spanish and became the most important centre in the region.
 
Our tour starts in the Miraflores residential district, where we stop at Parque del Amor (Park of Love) with its magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean, before driving through the modern San Isidro business district, where we see the impressive Huaca Pucllana, an adobe pyramid that was a sacred pre-Inca site.
 
Continuing to the historic centre, on the Plaza Mayor (the main square, also called the Plaza de Armas) you can see many imposing colonial buildings with their intricate balconies - including the Government Palace, where the changing of the guard takes place, the City Hall and beautiful Cathedral.
 
After your tour ends there is the option to visit the Larco Museum, a remarkable private collection of treasures from ancient Peru with more than 45,000 exhibits including ceramics, textiles and many exquisite gold and silver artefacts. It is well known for its gallery of erotic pottery (pay entrance fee locally).
 
In the evening do try a Pisco Sour, the nation's favourite drink.
 
Note: Lima Cathedral is not open on Sundays.
Day 8
Transfer to Lima Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Cusco Airport and transferred to your hotel in this ancient Inca capital city, set high in the Andes Mountains and today a World Heritage Site.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of the magnificent colonial city of Cusco, built on Inca foundations and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Comprising a fascinating mix of colonial churches, monasteries and extensive pre-Columbian ruins, almost every central street in this city has remnants of Inca walls.
 
We start with a visit to the San Pedro Market, where you can explore the colours, flavours and traditions of modern Cusco. We then visit the impressive Temple of the Sun (Koricancha) whose walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. On the site of this ancient Inca palace and centre of worship of the Sun God, the Dominicans ordered a church to be built, which survives to this day.
  
We then leave the city and visit the impressive walled fortress of Sacsayhuaman (meaning 'speckled falcon') on the northern outskirts, believed to have been both a military and ceremonial centre. This enormous Inca structure has massive walls of hewn stone and is strategically located on a hill overlooking the city. We also visit Qenko (meaning 'zigzag') where the sun, moon and stars were worshipped.
 
Returning to Cusco, we walk along the cobbled streets of the Plaza de Armas - the central plaza around which you will see many magnificent colonial buildings - including the Cathedral and the Church of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
 
After your tour you can walk down well-preserved Loreto Street to see the remains of Incan palaces, as well as old colonial buildings. If you walk down Hatun Rumiyoc, a cobbled street near the Archbishop's Palace, keep an eye out for the famous 12-sided stone that fits so perfectly you can't even insert a coin. In the evening savour the local cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous you can try guinea pig - a local speciality.
 
Note: Cusco is situated at high altitude (11,150 ft / 3,400 m), so walk slowly. The Temple of the Sun is not open on Sunday mornings & religious holidays. You will need to carry your passport to gain access to the site at Sacsayhuaman. Shared day tours have a maximum of 16 people.
Day 9
Today enjoy a full day tour as we leave Cusco and travel 2-hours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
 
Along the way we stop at Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village that was an important Inca outpost at the end of the 15th century. The villagers here have preserved their traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques and you can see textile artisans at work. You can buy handcrafts at the market in the town square, visit their small traditional church decorated with murals and see their Inca ruins. From the Racchi viewpoint you can enjoy panoramis views over the Sacred Valley.
 
After an included lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to the fortress at Ollantaytambo, built to protect the northern entrance to the Sacred Valley from invasion and later the centre of Incan resistance against the Spanish. The fortress and walled terraces of this town provide some of the finest examples of Incan architecture, with the six rose-coloured monoliths of the Temple of the Sun being particularly outstanding. The village itself is the best surviving example of Inca urban planning, with stone-paved streets that have been used since the 12th century. Afterwards.you will be dropped off at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
 
Note: Shared day tours have a maximum of 24 people.
Day 10
This morning transfer to Ollantaytambo Station for the air-conditioned Vistadome or Inca Rail 360 train to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - an amazing 1.5-hour journey to this magnificent mountain top city situated in a beautiful cloud forest, that was abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911.
 
This legendary Lost City of the Incas is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built on the summit of Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Peak"), on a natural saddle between steep forested mountains, it overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River some 7,972 ft (2,430 m) above sea level. With its giant walls, terraces and ramps that appear to have been cut naturally out of the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu's history remains shrouded in mystery as the Incas did not leave any written records.
 
At the gateway town of Aguas Calientes, leave the train and board the bus for the 40-minute ride up to this 14th century citadel for a guided tour. View the Main Plaza, Circular Tower, Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds, before returning by bus to Aguas Calientes (lunch is included at a local restaurant today, either before or after your tour).
 
Afterwards board the 3.5-hour train back to Poroy Station in Cusco, where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
 
Note: You must take your passport with you today, as this will be needed to gain entrance, which is restricted to 4-hours (based on either a morning or afternoon schedule). It is mandatory to enter with a guide and you cannot take selfie sticks, tripods, umbrellas, food or alcohol onto the site. You may not wear high heels or hard soled shoes and smoking is prohibited. If you leave the sanctuary for any reason (eg for lunch), re-entry will not be permitted. Only one bag not exceeding 11 lb (5 kg) is allowed as hand luggage on the train, so your main bags need to be left in luggage store at either your Cusco or Sacred Valley hotel, for later collection by yourself or our ground handler. From January to June parts of the rail track may be impassable at times due to mud slides, when a bus transfer will be substituted.
Day 11
At leisure to explore more of the sights of Cusco independently.
 
There is also the option to participate in a trek to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Paccoyo Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lagoon.
Day 12
Transfer to Cusco Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at Lima Airport and make your own way to your hotel situated in the airport complex.
 
If your hotel is not situated inside the terminal, go to desk 365 and request a free hotel shuttle, which they will order for you. You need to pre-book your return shuttle at the same time.
Day 13
Make your own way (walking or by free shuttle, depending on the location of your hotel) to Lima Airport for your flight home.