9 days in Lima, Cusco Region & Amazon River Itinerary

9 days in Lima, Cusco Region & Amazon River Itinerary

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9 days in Lima, Cusco Region & Amazon River Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
4
Manaus, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
On the 1st (Mon), take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip maker website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a stroll through San Blas, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de Santo Domingo.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in April, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Manaus, Brazil

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Comunidade Indigena Dessana. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arquipelago de Anavilhanas, don't miss a visit to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manaus tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Manaus takes 26 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Manaus is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Manaus can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

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