9 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

9 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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9 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then get great views at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip site .

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 changes from Eastern Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo journey builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

1
night
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 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

Plan trip to Cusco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Cusco takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Sao Paulo in June, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

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

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip builder tool .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Lima, with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, then admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the striking features of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and finally make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Quito online day trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Quito, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
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Casa Museo Guayasamin ©
Casa Museo Guayasamin
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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night
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum and then wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil travel website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Quito in June, things will get a bit warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 86°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Museums
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Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Presley Norton Museum ©
Presley Norton Museum

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