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- City Tour
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
12-Day Discovery Adventure: Peru & Brazil
- Machu Picchu
- Cooking at the Manka restaurant
- Christ the Redeemer
- Ponta Negra fishing village
During this 12-day tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover the best of Peru & Brazil, from marvelous Machu Picchu to the Sugarloaf in Rio. You'll visit the fabulous city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley in Peru, while also enjoying the fine gastronomy of Lima, before heading to Brazil and its beautiful and unique region of the Costa Verde. In Brazil, you'll discover the city of Paraty and its well-preserved Atlantic Forest and emerald green-water bay before heading to iconic Rio with visits to the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf mountain.
- English-speaking guide locations mentioned in itinerary
- Private transportation, except when specified
- Hotels with breakfast unless specified (there is no guarantee that you will be served breakfast if you leave the hotel before 6AM)
- Lunch and dinner, as stated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to sites, as mentioned in the itinerary
- Visits and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
- Round trip International flights
- Domestic Flights (please ask us for a quote)
- Airport taxes (domestic and international)
- Individual equipment
- Personal insurance
- Samba class in Rio (from $70 USD per/person)
- Dinner in a Churrascaria Restaurant in Rio (from $65 USD per/person)
Example Trip to customize
Arrive in Magnificent Cusco
Touch down in stunning Cusco, one of Peru's most magnificent cities! You'll have some free time on your first day to explore on foot. Visit the old parts of the city and catch glimpses into the past of what used to be the capital of the Incan Empire. The City’s architecture, an amazing contrast of colonial Spanish built over Inca foundations gives Cusco its unique beauty and characteristic “Mestizo” heritage. You'll love spending the day here exploring and when you tire, return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Explore Incredible Sacsayhuaman
On your second day, you'll take a panoramic view walking tour of one of the most beautiful towns in the Peruvian Sierra, Sacsayhuaman. You will walk through the picturesque San Blas district to reach Sacsayhuaman, a walled complex on the northern outskirts of Cusco. Here, you'll explore this unique UNESCO site of Inca construction with its large, polished dry-stone walls.
In the afternoon, you'll return to Cusco and stroll through the paved streets in the colonial downtown area. Take advantage of this time to make some last purchases of
souvenirs: clothes, jewelry, and decorations. The choices are endless in Cusco!
Journey to the Sacred Valley
At 7 am, a private vehicle will pick you up for a day-trip to the amazing Sacred Valley. The first stop will be at the ruins of Pisac, one of the main Inca sites, where the ruins are scattered on the mountainside. You'll also see the large terraces that were used for agriculture and erosion protection.
Later, you'll walk around the colorful handicraft market before taking to the road again, this time in the direction of the salt flats of Maras that have collected salt water from a local source since Incan times. You'll walk down to the Urumbamba River where a vehicle awaits to take you on to Ollantaytambo, the last Inca architecture village to still be inhabited where you will see a monumental stone fortress. In the evening, you'll arrive at Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.
Breathtaking Machu Picchu
You'll wake up early in Aguas Calientes to catch a shuttle up to the breathtaking wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. An ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu was abandoned during the collapse of the Inca empire. At the time, the sacred city of the Incas was forgotten for centuries. Today, it is considered a masterpiece of the architecture of this civilization.
When you arrive, you'll have a local guide on site who will take you to all the points of interest and teach you the history of this amazing place. You'll spend time climbing up and down the steep stairs in search of the best views of Machu Picchu. When the day is done, you'll take a train back to the city of Ollantaytambo.
A Tasty Cooking Lesson in Cusco
In the morning, the Manka restaurant opens its kitchen in order for you to learn how to cook Peruvian dishes. The chef will pick you up at your hotel at 9 am to visit a local market. After you shop for your ingredients, you'll cook with him and enjoy the tasty meal. This is an exciting, hands-on way to learn more about the Andes and Cusco gastronomy.
In the afternoon, take a flight to Lima and spend half a day exploring the nation's capital. You will explore the colonial
quarters of the city center including the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas and visit the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Retire to your hotel for a mellow evening when the day is done.
Gastro Tour of Lima
It's time for a gastronomic tour in the colorful district of Barranco in Lima. On the program, you'll visit this emblematic district of Lima and participate in a tasting of no less than 10 dishes and traditional drinks of Peruvian gastronomy. Along the way, you'll discover the historical and cultural facts behind each dish. You'll also learn how to prepare the popular ceviche and pisco sour. Do not forget your appetite during the tour, you will certainly need it.
In the afternoon, you'll hop a flight to Brazil! Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to Paraty by private car with air conditioning. It's a 4 to 5-hour drive along the Green Coast, a vegetation corridor between ocean and mountains. The view is so beautiful that you won't mind the long ride. You'll arrive in Paraty in time for a relaxed evening by the sea.
Joyful Tour of Paraty by Boat
Early in the morning, the captain will pick you up and take you to the pier to board a private craft, a fishing boat adapted for the tour complete with benches, cushions, a cooler, and more!
You'll spend the day in the Bay of Paraty, traveling from an island to another and one beach to another. You'll make different stops along the way depending on what you want to do. Different sites are suitable for swimming or snorkeling among hundreds of fish, so we'll have a mask and snorkel ready for you. You'll visit places like Ilha Comprida, Saco da Velha, Praia Vermelha, and more! In the evening, you'll have a romantic dinner right by the ocean.
Hiking in Stunning Ponta Negra
Wake up in time for your departure from Paraty with a local bus for the village of Laranjeiras, just 30 minutes away. You'll make a lovely scenic trek which starts with a short climb before entering the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlantica.) This is the heart of the "Ecological preservation area of Joatinga," a truly gorgeous natural area.
After an hour and a half of pleasant walking, you will reach the Hamlet of Sono for a picnic lunch. You'll be right on the border of one of the nicest beaches of the region, Praia Do Sono. Literally meaning "sleepy beach," Praia Do Sono will seduce you, firstly because of its name and also because as soon as you will get back on the track you will face a steep hill to climb. The section is not so long, and soon you'll be high enough for magnificent views once more.
From Paraty to Rio de Janeiro
Sleep a little later this morning before catching your transfer to the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro! When you arrive, you'll have a free day to explore in whatever way you want. Spend time walking around the quirky streets, eating your fill at local restaurants, or taking an optional walking tour.
Most likely, you'll want to escape to the amazing beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The perfect white sands and hot Brazilian sun will keep you content for hours. When your tire of laying on the beach or swimming in the bright blue sea, take a stroll along the beachside promenade with its iconic swirling pavement design.
Explore Rio Like a Local
With your English speaking guide, you'll spend the day seeing the best of what Rio has to offer. You will start by visiting the Corcovado, a world-renowned symbol of Rio. At the summit, take the time to appreciate the unique and
wonderful panoramic view as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Next, you'll explore the impressive botanical gardens. Each of the 141 hectares of the park hosts species of the Brazilian and world flora. The imperial palm trees are the main attraction of the garden. Incredible smells and sounds make for a truly enticing atmosphere filled with tropical wonders.
Lastly, you'll visit the Tijuca Forest, an oasis of vegetation and the biggest urban forest in the world. You'll have some great opportunities for walking and hiking while you're there.
Cable Car to Sugarloaf Mountain
Your English-speaking guide will meet you once again and take you across the President Costa e Silva bridge that links Rio to Niteroi. Here, you will start the visit with a walk near the city fort where you can enjoy a great view of the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf.
Next, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), famous for its original architecture. There are lots of unique exhibitions and many that are always rotating.
Finish in beauty with a walk in the Park da Cidade to enjoy
the outstanding view of Rio de Janeiro, on the other side of the Bay. In the afternoon, take the cable car to the summit of the Sugarloaf, another one of Rio's beloved landmarks which marks the entrance to the Bay of Guanabara.
Say Goodbye to Wonderful Rio
Sadly, your time in Brazil has come to an end. Pack up your bags and prepare to leave for the airport. If you have some time in the morning, you can visit the beach once more and enjoy the bright sun, warm sand, and picturesque sea. Grab lunch at a local restaurant before being transferred to the airport. You may be leaving South America behind, but the memories made here will stay with you for years to come.