17 days in Peru & Brazil Itinerary

17 days in Peru & Brazil Itinerary

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17 days in Peru & Brazil Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  13 h 45 min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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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 28th (Fri): stop by Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco visit app.

Brisbane, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to Cusco. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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 1st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu visit planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu holiday website.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Foz do Iguacu takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online visit planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, stroll through Praia do Sueste, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 11th (Wed), savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in March, expect Sao Paulo to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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