11 days in Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

11 days in Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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11 days in Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

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.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Praia de Ipanema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Imperial Museum). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

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New York City, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 90°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can 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
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

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You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Lima in 8 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 slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February: high temperatures in Lima hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish 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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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.
On the 8th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puno trip planner .

Fly from Lima to Puno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lima in February, expect nights in Puno to be cooler, around 40°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, and then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Ollantaytambo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ollantaytambo, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

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

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, view the masterpieces at Xapiri, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 13th (Thu), you're off tohome.

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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