The 19 days Peru & Brazil tour includes two of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Machu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Two down, five to go.
On your tour in Peru and Brazil you will experience the unique culture, food and adventures in Peru mixed with relaxing beaches, golf and night-life in Brazil.
19 days / 18 nights
After breakfast you are picked up for a guided tour of the colonial and modern Lima which includes the cathedral built in 1654 where the remains of the Spanish conqueror of the Inca Empire, Francisco Pizarro, rest, the Main Square with a bronze fountain from 1650 and some unique wooden colonial balconies around the main square (Plaza de Armas), the San Francisco monastery with the famous catacombs and the modern areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Lima is also known as “The city of the kings”, and was founded 1535 by Francisco Pizarro and 1991 it was declared a world heritage by UNESCO.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Arequipa (The white city), maybe the most beautiful city in Peru, where we will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax in the morning to get used to the altitude. In the afternoon we pick you up for a city tour of Arequipa where you will visit the Chilina valley and the old San Lorenzo district. You will get a nice view of the city and you will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral as well as the extraordinary Santa Catalina Monastery which is built of volcanic lava and dated back to the 16th century. You will end the day with a visit to Juanita, the best preserved mummy in the whole Americas, which was found in 1995 during an expedition high up in the mountains.
(In Arequipa you may also enjoy yourself with river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and other adventure activities. Let us know if you want to add a day or two).
In the morning we will pick you up at the hotel for a two days Colca Canyon tour. You travel towards the hot springs of Yura, passing the volcano Chachani and then further up to the natural reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas, where you will see groups of llamas and alpacas. In the wetlands of Tocra you can see lots of various migratory birds, including flamingos. We pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Cuchura), and make a stop at the highest point of the trip, Patapampa, (4,910 m), where you will have spectacular views of the Andean mountains. Then starts the descent to the Colca Valley where you will arrive in Chivay, the main-village in the Valley. You are accommodated in your hotel and are then having a free afternoon to discover the Colca Valley district and maybe visit the hot springs for a nice bath. In the evening you may enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant with folkloric show and local dances.
After an early breakfast we head further into the Valley towards the deep ravine, Cruz del Condor, where the condors mostly are seen. The view from this place is amazing and you'll also stop by several times during the journey to admire the Colca Canyon. The condors can have a wingspan of over three meters and in the morning they take advantage of the warm upwind from the gap to be able to sail out from the cliffs in search of food. After a walking tour along Colca Canyon, it is time to return to Chivay. On the way we stop in the picturesque villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with beautiful colonial churches and at the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, where you will experience beautiful views over terraces in the valley as well as Inca and pre-Inca graves. On return to Chivay, you will then travel by bus to Puno (approximately 6 hours with breaks for sight-seeing). We will meet you at the bus terminal for transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast you are picked up for your guided tour of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On the first stop you will visit the floating reed islands of Uros. The inhabitants will show you how the islands are built and you may go for a short trip in one of their reed boats. Then you go to Taquile, a truly beautiful island where the locals live as they have been doing during centuries with their small scale agriculture and animals. You walk around on the island with the guide and after lunch it is time to go back to Puno where you will arrive late afternoon and get transferred to your hotel.
(It is possible to stay overnight on the island in a family´s home. This is a very nice and special experience which we really recommend, keep in mind that the houses are very rustic though).
Early transfer to the bus station for your tour with a comfortable tourist bus to Cusco. You travel across the Andean highlands in a very beautiful landscape, and make several stops on the way to visit museums, ancient Inca ruins, markets and small villages. A stop for lunch is also made at La Raya, 4310 m above sea level. The journey takes about 9 hours, but it never becomes tedious thanks to all interesting stops along the way. Late in the afternoon you arrive in Cusco, the Inca Empire's old capital. We meet you at the bus terminal for transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a morning to sleep a little longer or explore Cusco on your own. After lunch you will be picked up for a guided tour in Cusco and its surroundings, with visits to the four famous Inca ruins which lies in the outskirts of Cusco; the water temple of Tambo Machay, the Puca Pucara fortress, the oracle place Quengo and the impressive fortress and temple of Sacsayhuamán. Three enormous boulders, each one weighs 120 tons, are making three perfect zig-zag walls and the view of Cusco from this place is wonderful. You will finish the day with a walking tour in the centre of Cusco with visits to the Cathedral, the Main Square and the Sun Temple of Korikancha.
Full day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will visit the village of Pisac, which was established during the colonial era and is located at the foot of a terraced mountain, crowned with impressive Inca ruins, and also the market in Pisac on the main square, where Indians sell their products and crafts. After lunch in the valley you will visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca village the Spaniards never managed to conquer, where you will explore the ruins above the town on a hill. Late in the afternoon, you will take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. You are met by a guide at the station and escorted to your hotel.
This morning you will wake up by the highlight of your tour, the forgotten city of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu. Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and you will catch an early bus up to Machu Picchu, to be able to enjoy the famous sunrise over the ruins. Then it's time for your guided tour which takes about two hours. After the tour, you will have plenty of time to explore sight and take photos. A popular option for the adventurous is to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu (about 2 hours), from where you will have a spectacular view over Machu Picchu and the surroundings. In the afternoon you take the bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, and then the train back to Cusco. On arrival we will meet you for transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and the connecting night flight to Rio de Janeiro. The international flight between Lima and Rio de Janeiro is not included in the price, but is normally purchased as a part of your international multiple ticket. If you choose an early morning flight from Cusco to Lima, you will have free time to visit the city and perhaps go shopping in Lima. Your night flight to Rio departs late at night.
When your flight from Lima to Rio de Janeiro arrives in the morning, we will pick you up at the airport for a transfer to your hotel, situated close to the Copacabana beach. After a moment of rest, you will make a city tour where you among other places will visit the Sugar Loaf, where you will have a splendid view over the city. You will then have time of your own to relax on the beautiful beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and enjoy the unique nightlife during the evening with dinner, dancing and shows.
Today you are making a trip to one of the world's Seven New Wonders, Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain. From here you have a magical view of Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding area. After the tour you will have plenty of time to discover and experience Rio according to your own wishes and interests.
After breakfast you are picked up at the hotel for a two hour transfer to the picturesque village of Buzios, situated on the Atlantic coast north of Rio de Janeiro. At the arrival in Buzios you will be checked in at your hotel, and thereafter you may spend the day in Buzios to get to know the place, rest on the beach or try activities and sports according to your own wishes.
The first settlers of Buzios where the European pirates and slave traders who married local women and made the village a quaint fishing village, which in recent years has evolved into a sophisticated society with great beaches, with visitors from all over the world who want to experience its magic. Buzios has been elected as one of the world's most beautiful places for its rustic charm, architectural harmony, stunning beauty and shops and restaurants. In Buzios you will find white sandy beaches for all tastes and needs, with or without high waves, which are ideal for water sports such as wind surfing and sailing. The climate is good all year round and there is always the possibility of getting a beautiful tan. The village offers a rich selection of very good restaurants, of course with many seafood dishes on the menu, and also has a lively evening- and night-life. Here you will find the perfect place for a mix of sun and white beaches, water sports and golf and to enjoy one of the most picturesque and beautiful places in the world where you in the evening enjoy a delicious dinner in the fantastic sunset.
The Buzios golf course, designed by Pete and Perry Dye, provides opportunities for challenging and relaxing golf rounds.
Instead of going to Buzios you may choose another destination as a final for your tour, and we will tailor-make this part of the tour for you.
Below we present two alternative suggestions:
Pipa Beach – Praia da Pipa
Pipa Beach is situated about 80 km south of Natal on the Brazilian Atlantic coast, and has evolved from being a small fishing village in the 17th century to being one of the most trendy and popular beach resorts in Brazil in our days. The village with its white sandy beaches and the crystal clear water is famous for its beauty and the beach offers a variety of conditions from high waves suitable for surfing to quiet bays for swimming with children, if you are lucky you may go for a swim with dolphins. Windsurfing and snorkeling are also popular activities.
Pipa is considered, despite its many visitors from all over the world, as a small and picturesque fishing village, where the main street that runs parallel to the beach is lined with shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. In the evenings you will meet the friendly locals and tourists on the street when walking, shopping and eating. On weekends the intensity increases from being pleasantly relaxing to lively Brazilian nightlife with traditional parties, shows and visits in the bars. Not to lively though, just enough to make your vacation even more nice.
The village offers everything to satisfy a visitor when it comes to hotels, restaurants, bars and other activities. You also have the opportunity to play golf within 1.5 hour distance, and currently there are about 25 golf courses under construction within 100 km from Pipa Beach.
Iguazu Falls – One of the world´s seven natural wonders
The city with a population of 256 000 inhabitants is one of Brazil's most-frequented tourist destinations and has about 100 hotels and inns. Its main attractions are the Iguazu falls,which have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls and is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil. Part of the falls are on the Brazilian side and others on the Argentine side. "Garganta do Diabo" ("Devil's Throat" in Portuguese) is the highest of the falls, 97 m (318 ft) high.
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Note 1: Because of the nature of hotels and the travel industry, it is not always possible to secure the hotels and lodges listed in the itinerary. Tailor Made Peru will endeavour to secure the hotels listed in your itinerary. However, Tailor Made Peru reserves the right to secure the next best available option or an upgrade in the event that the original hotels are not available or overbooked.
Note 2: Please ensure that your passport expiration date is good for at least 6 months past the end of your tour.
Note 3: Please make sure to inform Tailor Made Peru of any health or dietary restrictions.
Note 4: Tailor Made Peru strongly recommends that all clients purchase travel insurance after booking your tour to cover your investment.
Destinations: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro
Time: 19 days / 18 nights
Price: Contact us for offer
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