18 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

18 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Salvador, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Orlando, United States

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through San Isidro, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lima visit planner.

Orlando, USA to Lima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. When traveling from Orlando in August, plan for much colder days in Lima, with highs around 66°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

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.
Get some cultural insight at Piquillacta and Tipon. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Q'enqo. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero) and Moray (in Maras). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and appreciate the history behind Arco de Santa Clara.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, expect colder with lows of 36°F in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Moray, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Piquillacta, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray

4
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Get in touch with nature at Iguazu Falls and Thermas Cataratas. Explore hidden gems such as Praia Balneario Santa Terezinha and Balneario Terra das Aguas. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho, see the interesting displays at Dreamland Foz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cusco in August; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 77°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Balneario Santa Terezinha, Balneario Terra das Aguas
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Pelourinho and Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vilas do Atlantico Beach and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People. Spend the 15th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Stella Maris Beach and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica e Santuario Nossa Senhora da Conceicao da Praia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salvador trip app .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Salvador in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Salvador. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Vilas do Atlantico Beach
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Vilas do Atlantico Beach ©
Vilas do Atlantico Beach
Stella Maris Beach ©
Stella Maris Beach
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia Da Joatinga and Morro Dois Irmaos. Relax by the water at Reserva Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress & Camboinhas Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip maker site .

You can fly from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in August, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Reserva Beach ©
Reserva Beach

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