11 days in Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

11 days in Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
4
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Imperial Museum). There's still lots to do: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, thenbrowse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lima road trip app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Lima in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lima is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February: high temperatures in Lima hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, thenhead off the coast to Taquile Island, and then explore the ancient world of Sillustani.

Make your Puno itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Lima to Puno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lima in February, expect nights in Puno to be colder, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez ©
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez

1
night
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, thenexamine the collection at Choco Museo, and then contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Ollantaytambo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ollantaytambo when traveling from Puno in February, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Museums
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Choco Museo ©
Choco Museo

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get great views at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour itinerary site.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, thensteep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, thenbrowse the exhibits of Xapiri, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco tour builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in February, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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