30 days in Brazil, Peru & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

30 days in Brazil, Peru & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

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30 days in Brazil, Peru & Puerto Iguazu Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h
5
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Mumbai, India


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3
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu Do Futebol, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Sao Paulo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

6
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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planning website .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, wander the streets of San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, expect nights in Cusco to be colder, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Pisac
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

1
night
Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Maras trip builder tool .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. May in Maras sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

2
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On the 18th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Sillustani, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and then make a trip to Chullpas.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puno tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maras in May, expect little chillier with lows of -1°C in Puno. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, admire the striking features of Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take a stroll through Barranco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planner .

Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Arequipa in May, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iguazu National Park (Iguazu Falls, Salto San Martin, & more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and don't miss a visit to La Aripuca.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Puerto Iguazu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lima to Puerto Iguazu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lima in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puerto Iguazu, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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