12 Days Rio de Janeiro, Wonders of Iguazu falls and Machu Picchu

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HIGHLIGHTS: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu falls Brazil & Argentina sides, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Travel with us! And take you vacation in South America. Visit Rio de Janeiro, the Wonders of Iguazu and Machu Picchu. This amazing trip, will bring you to delightful different regions, landscapes and different friendly people. In Brazil, you will visit the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, the wonderful and the impressive Iguazu falls. Then in Peru destination, you will enjoy the colorful cities being immerse with interacting with friendly locals and visiting Machu Picchu. Don’t miss this trip, if you cannot decide between Peru and Brazil, you can decide for the best of both in only 12 days trip and explore two highlighted places in South America.

  • Day 1: Arrival to Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 3: Rio de Janeiro – Iguazu Falls
  • Day 4: Iguazu Falls, Brazil side
  • Day 5: Iguazu Falls, Argentina side
  • Day 6: Iguazu – Lima
  • Day 7: Lima
  • Day 8: Lima to Cusco
  • Day 9: Sacred Valley
  • Day 10: Aguas Calientes
  • Day 11: Machu Picchu
  • Day 12: Departure Cusco

Day 1 Arrival to Rio de Janeiro
Arrival Rio de Janeiro, the capital of the Carnaval and the Samba, welcome and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro City Tour / Sugar Loaf Mountain
We pick you up from the hotel for your Half day tour; driving along the beaches to the northern parts of Rio with a stop at “Sambodromo” the stadium where the Samba schools perform during the Carnival. The Tour continues passing by the biggest soccer stadium in the world, Maracaná, with capacity for more than 160,000 spectators. Then toward the downtown area, which is the business heart of Rio, but it is also here where the historical sites of Rio are. Driving the narrow streets, passing by the Metropolitan Cathedral, some futuristic office buildings, the Municipal theatre and the main avenue of Rio Branco, before leaving the downtown area towards Sugar Loaf. Passing through the Flamengo Park and Botafogo before arriving to Urca and the cable car station to the Sugar Loaf. By cable car to the first stage, the Morro da Urca mountain (220 meters). Walk to the other side of the mountain to take the next cable car to Sugar Loaf (395 meters). Time at leisure. Return to the ground level.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado
We pick you up from the hotel for a Half Day Tour, we make our way to Rio´s trademark statue: Christ the Reedemer surmounting the lunch-backed peak of Corcovado. To reach our destination, we ride along the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a natural salt water lagoon surrounded by luxurious homes, and head for the tunnel Rebouças which runs Beneath Corcovado. We see light at the end of the tunnel. Before boarding the Corcovado cog train, we take a step back to the early 19th century: The Largo do Boticario is a quaint square bearing witness to neo-colonial architecture. After the steep cog railway take us up to the Christ. Our journey aboard the miniature train that runs 3.8km (2,4 miles) through a luxuriant tropical forest affords stunning glimpses of Rio from different angles. Since 1931 Christ has been stretching out to Rio de Janeiro, this massive statue rises 710 meters (2,320 ft) above sea level. We have an approximately an hour to enjoy the divine views of Rio de Janeiro and to spot the sandy beaches. Thereafter, the Corcovado cog train will take us back to Cosme Velho through the thick forest. Then we go back to the hotel.

Day 4 Iguazu Falls Tour, Brazil side
We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport. Arrival to Iguazu and transfer to start the half day tour around the wonder Iguazu falls.
The Iguazu falls originate from Iguazu River and are located on the border of Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and Argentina. Iguazu Falls are what divides the river of the same name into its upper and lower portions, a fact that has given rise to several myths and legends as to their origin. The Iguazu Falls were declared World Heritage Sites by the two UNESO in 1984. In 2011, Iguazu falls were chosen one of the World´s Natural Wonders in a global poll organized the Swiss Foundation New Seven Wonders. In 2013, UNESCO awarded Iguazu National Park once again for its Exceptional Universal Value, being a site of such extraordinary cultural and natural value transcending national borders, a site of value for humanity’s present and future generations. After the tour we continue to bring you to the hotel.

Day 5 Iguazu Falls Tour, Argentina side
We pick you up to start the half Day tour around the Iguazu falls in the side of Argentina.
The word Iguazu means “larger water” in the Guaraní language etymology. Eighteen kilometers before joining the Paraná River; the Iguassu River gains altitude and then plunges 80 meters down. It can reach up to 2,780 meters wide. Its geographical formation dates from about 150 millions years, but the formation of the waterfall’s geographic characteristics began approximately 200,000 years ago. After we go back to the hotel to rest and spend the night.

Day 6 Iguazu Falls – Lima
After breakfast we will pick you up in the hotel and bring you to the airport for your flight to Lima, arrival at the International Jorge Chavez airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 7 Lima
In the afternoon tour of the City of Kings, Lima. Visiting the colonial and modern part of Lima.

Day 8 Lima - Cusco
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Lima, to take the flight to Cusco. When you arrive to Cusco we will be waiting to bring you to your hotel for a restful and relaxing evening.
In the afternoon at the appropriate time we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and start the tour. We will visit the main square or Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Coricancha or Temple of the Sun. Afterwards we will make our way outside the city to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PucaPucara and Tambomachay. After a tour of each location we will bring you back to your hotel for a restful evening.

Days 9 Sacred Valley Tour
After an early breakfast we will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and bring you into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be to visit the archaeological site and traditional market of Pisac. After your tour of Pisac we will make our way to Urubamba where you will enjoy a lovely lunch make with some of the many fresh products of the area.
After lunch we will make our way to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ancient Inca archaeological sites and terraces. After the tour we will bring you to your Ollantaytambo hotel where you will enjoy a restful and relaxing evening.

Day 10 Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
At the appropriate time we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the Train Station for your Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes. The train will follow the Vilcanota River for approximately 1½ hr. When you arrive a representative from you hotel will be waiting to help you with your luggage, escort you to your hotel and assist you with the check in process.
The rest of the afternoon will be yours to rest, relax and explore as you wish. We recommend visiting the local Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes for a dip in the Hot Spring Pools.
Optional:

  • Additional Vistadome Train Service, more comfortable, with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature.
  • Additional Belmond Hiram Bingham Train Service, more exclusive and luxurious train, with an elegant dining car and a bar car.

Day 11 Machu Picchu Tour
After breakfast we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the bus station for your train to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will then enjoy a professional guided tour of one of the Modern Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, one of the most mysterious and magical places in the world
After your tour you will have some extra free time to Explore before returning to the train station for your train and transfer back to the hotel in Cusco.
Optional:

  • Entrance fee to Hike the Huaynapicchu Mountain or the Machupicchu Mountain

Later in the afternoon you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and make your way to the train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. When your train arrives we will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Cusco for a restful evening.

Day 12 Departure Cusco
At the appropriate time your transfer will pick you up and bring you to the Cusco Airport where you will catch your flight home.
End of our services.

INCLUDED

*Tours, Excursions & Required Entrance Fees : Group & Shared Tours

  • Day 02: Rio de Janeiro / Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Day 03: Rio de Janeiro / Corcovado
  • Day 04: Iguazu Falls / Brazil
  • Day 05: Iguazu Falls / Argentina
  • Day 07: Lima City
  • Day 08: Cusco Archaeological
  • Day 09: Sacred Valley
  • Day 11: Machu Picchu

*Transfers:

  • Day 01: Rio de Janeiro Airport – Hotel
  • Day 03: Hotel - Rio de Janeiro Airport
  • Day 06: Hotel - Iguazu airport
  • Day 06: Lima Airport – Lima Hotel
  • Day 08: Lima Hotel - Lima Airport
  • Day 08: Cusco Airport – Cusco Hotel
  • Day 09: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 11: Ollantaytambo/Poroy – Cusco Hotel
  • Day 12: Cusco Hotel – Cusco Airport

*Train:

  • Expedition Train Round Trip Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/Poroy

*Flights:

  • Iguazu - Lima - Cusco - Lima

*Guides

  • Professional Tour Guide English/Spanish speaking in every location

*Lodging

  • 03 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Iguazu
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Lima
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Cusco
  • 01 Night of accommodation at Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 01 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Sacred Valley

*Meals

  • 11 breakfast at the hotels
  • 01 Buffet Lunch in a Restaurant at the Sacred Valley

**Extra:

  • Personalized assistance by during your whole trip

NO INCLUDED

  • Meals not described on itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Airport taxes
  • Domestic or national and international flights
  • Tips
  • Transfers, Entrance Fees & Tour Guides for The Optionals on itinerary (See Optionals part)

Non Conventional Activities

  • Visiting a Local School or home step
  • Sharing a Lunch with Local Family
  • Traditional activities with a Local Family
  • Sacred offering ceremony to Mother Earth, Pachamama
  • Yoga & Healing
  • Gastronomy & Culinary Tours
  • Vounteering

Adventure and Active activities

  • Long and short Hikes
  • Biking, Rafting, rock climbing, paragliding
  • Horse Riding
  • Via Ferrata

Nature

  • Spotting Whales in the North

Other Activities

  • Classes such as: Cooking, Playing music, Dancing, Pottery, spanish and others.