22 days in Peru, Iguazu National Park & Brazil Itinerary

22 days in Peru, Iguazu National Park & Brazil Itinerary

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22 days in Peru, Iguazu National Park & Brazil Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 30 min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
9
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Ferry:  18 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada


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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 29th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and finally take a stroll through Miraflores.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Lima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Mapi Art, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Lima to Machu Picchu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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 (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then take a stroll through San Blas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tater Vera Ceramica.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 5th (Thu), wander the streets of Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Arequipa using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Arequipa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
You've now added Iguazu Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): go deep underground at Wanda Mines, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park visit site .

Fly from Arequipa to Iguazu National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Arequipa to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Arequipa in March, things will get a bit warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like São Paulo Cathedral and Igreja Sao Luis Gonzaga. Do your shopping at Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, wander the streets of Liberdade, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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.
Head to Centro Cultural Carioca and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinasfor plenty of shopping. Visit Parque Lage and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian for their historical value. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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.
Visit Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Atalaia Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Buraco do Galego, and kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha day trip planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. In March, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, then get great views at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao do Outeiro, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Casa Jerimum. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cupe beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muro Alto Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally stop by Nata Artesanato.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Porto de Galinhas holiday maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas. In March in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

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