12 days in Peru, Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

12 days in Peru, Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Miraflores, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lima tour planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Lima. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for slightly colder days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 3rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then hike along exploor, and finally view the masterpieces at Xapiri.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, Cusco is colder at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 7th (Sat), wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Sao Paulo in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro day trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.