World Wonders of South America

Incan Cities to Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

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Aerial view of Iguazu Falls and rainbow mist Peruvian llamas on the hills of Machu Picchu Corcovado Mountain Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil Watch the sunset over Lima Peru Devil's Throat Iguazu Falls Brazil

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10 Days / 9 Nights

Incan Cities to Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

The Iguazu Falls, located on the border of southern Brazil and northern Argentina, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, nestled in the cloud forest of Peru, have been difficult to combine into a quick South American tour -- until now. These two highlights of South America are readily accessible with a flight direct from Iguazu to Lima. Now a whirlwind tour of South America's recently voted New World Wonders is an easy feat and a rewarding one at that. Imagine yourself gazing upon the 275 waterfalls of Iguazu, and then exploring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu -- all within a week. Then finish this Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu tour with a visit to Rio de Janeiro, the "Marvelous City" of Brazil.

Have more time to spare? Also, see the similar Lost City and Cidade Maravilhosa Tour that includes Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

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This tour includes:

  • All 4* & 5* accommodations
  • All Breakfasts & 1 lunch
  • All Sightseeings and Transfers
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 1st Class Train or Bus Transportation
  • Profesional English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • Lima, the City of the Kings
  • Cuzco, the former Inca Capital
  • Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Iguassu Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City

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Colonial Lima Historic District

Arrival in Lima & City Tour

Day 1

Arrive in Lima, the "City of Kings" and the capital of Peru. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your Lima hotel.
Explore the Peruvian capital on a half-day city tour. Visit its highlights and take in the quaint colonial buildings in the historic district. A clear mark of the Spanish rule can be seen in the churches and cathedrals, displaying delicate ornaments made with the gold taken from the local mines.

Landscape of Sacred Valley Peru

Transfer the Sacred Valley & Tour

Day 2

Rise early to transfer from Lima to Cuzco, the former Inca capital.
Take a full-day excursion to the plentiful and beautiful Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the colonial town of Pisac, famous for the colorful Indian market that takes place in the town.
Make a stop to delight yourself with some Peruvian cuisine at a local restaurant. The tour ends in Ollantaytambo, a charming little town and at the same time one of the most important Inca sites in Peru. Not only is it home to historical buildings and temples, but it also has spectacular terraced landscapes and open views to the Urubamba valley.
Spend the night at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Hiram Bingham Train Tour

Train to Machu Picchu

Day 3

Today, visit the highlight of Peru: Machu Picchu. This Inca city dating back to the 15th and the 16th centuries conserves all its original traits since its location up on a mountain in the middle of a cloud forest kept it safe from the Spanish conquerors.
Take a train from the Sacred Valley to the small town of Aguas Calientes, the closest one to the citadel. Check into your hotel and go to the bus station to begin your Machu Picchu tour. Walk through the stone walls, past steep agricultural terraces, and admire the jutting mountains rising in the distance.
Return to Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon.

sunrise over Machu Picchu

Free Day Machu Picchu Tour & Return to Cuzco

Day 4

Today is a free day. Choose between visiting the markets of Aguas Calientes, explore Machu Picchu and tour the ruins on your own, or relax at the hot springs.

In the evening transfer back to Cuzco and check into your hotel. 

Landscape of Plaza de Armas in Cuzco

Cuzco City Tour

Day 5

Wake up in Cuzco, meaning "the naval of the universe" in Quechua. Inca architecture is still visible in many of the buildings in this city, as well as in the ruins on the outskirts, such as Sacsayhuaman. Spanish colonial architecture is also evident, even admits the modern shops, restaurants, and stores that have come to this city in recent years.

Make sure to allow yourself time to acclimatize to the altitude; Cuzco is located 3,400 m (11,200 ft) above sea level. You can sip coca tea, relax in your hotel room, or purchase altitude sickness pills to help acclimate. Some 4* & 5* Cuzco hotels also offer oxygen supplementation in guest rooms. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol during your first night in Cuzco, to help your body adjust.

During your city tour, walk to the Plaza de Armas to see the Cathedral and the beautiful church of La Compañía. Also, visit Koricancha, which was the Temple of the Sun during Inca times but is now the Church of Santo Domingo. Head to Sacsayhuaman to learn about the Inca culture and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Iguassu Falls Argentina

Travel to Foz do Iguaçu

Day 6

Catch the flight from Cuzco to Foz do Iguaçu, located on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. Named "Iguazu" by the Guarani natives, the Iguazu Falls name means "Big Water." There are over 275 waterfalls, including the formidable Devil's Throat. The waterfalls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina and are close to the border of Paraguay. The adjacent Itaipú Hydroelectric Dam supplies approximately 90% of Paraguay's electricity and 19% of Brazil's. Take a tour to the Brazilian side of the Park, ideal for hiking.

Note: LAN Airlines offers one non-stop flights from Lima to Foz do Iguaçu on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Devil's Throat Iguazu Falls Argentina

Iguazu Argentine Falls Tour

Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start with the Iguazu Falls exploration - this time to the Argentine side. Explore its Iguazu National Park, which has an ecological train ride, and multiple catwalks and observation decks where you can view the waterfalls from multiple angles. Butterflies, plants, and animals are in abundance in this region, the lush subtropics of the Misiones Forest.
In the late afternoon, return to your hotel and rest.

Copacabana Beach in Rio

Arrival at Rio de Janeiro & Corcovado Tour

Day 8

Finish your Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu tour with a visit to Brazil's "Marvelous City," Rio de Janeiro. With its golden beaches, lush Atlantic Rainforests, friendly Cariocas (locals), and samba music, Rio de Janeiro is a unique and vibrant city. Visit the Christ the Redeemer, who keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710 m (2340 ft). Board the trenzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city from the center of the city! The 38-meter statue is the image of the faith and friendliness of Cariocas. The monument was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, 12 October 1931 by then President Getúlio Vargas and Cardinal Dom Sebastião Leme. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city and its beaches.

The skyline of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

Day 9

The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, at 1,296 ft (395 m) above sea-level, is breathtaking. Two sets of cable cars elevate you to the top of Sugarloaf. The first brings you to the top of Urca Mountain, and the second one brings to the summit with its 360º spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the world's most beautiful city. Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil, and how Brazil had its civil revolution to be the republic it is today.
After the tour, take the time to relax at the beach or go shopping.

Sugarloaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro at sunset

Departure from Rio de Janeiro

Day 10

Spend your last day in Rio at your leisure before boarding your flight to your next destination in South America.


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10 Days / 9 Nights

Incan Cities to Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

The Iguazu Falls, located on the border of southern Brazil and northern Argentina, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, nestled in the cloud forest of Peru, have been difficult to combine into a quick South American tour -- until now. These two highlights of South America are readily accessible with a flight direct from Iguazu to Lima. Now a whirlwind tour of South America's recently voted New World Wonders is an easy feat and a rewarding one at that. Imagine yourself gazing upon the 275 waterfalls of Iguazu, and then exploring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu -- all within a week. Then finish this Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu tour with a visit to Rio de Janeiro, the "Marvelous City" of Brazil.

Have more time to spare? Also, see the similar Lost City and Cidade Maravilhosa Tour that includes Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

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