Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro Tours
Sun and mist, parrots and condors, bright tropical bays and mysterious Andean cloud forests: Brazil and Peru stand at two extremes of a continent known for its exotic beauty. You’ll experience both on this journey to some of Earth’s greatest wonders.
Imagine a land of towering stone citadels and cataracts as tall as skyscrapers. Of pulsating modern cities and silent pre-Colombian ruins. With us as your guide, you’ll immerse your senses in the sights and sounds, legends and history of these two earthly paradises.
Best of all, whether you’re scaling the peaks of Machu Picchu or riding a cable car up the hills surrounding Rio, you’ll have our expert guides alongside, helping you live your odyssey to the fullest.
Many travelers to Brazil and Peru say the people and marvels they encounter there changed their lives. Learn why when you come with us to these gorgeous, spirit-stirring places.
Sample Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, Rio Tour itinerary
Day 1: Lima
You’ll be tired after your trip, so we’ll pick you up at the airport in Lima and take you straight to your hotel in the modern, beach-side district of Miraflores.
Day 2: Lima/ Cusco
After a short flight over the Andes, you’ll arrive at Cuzco, the UNESCO World Heritage city the Incas regarded as the center of the universe.
The Spanish found themselves gaping in awe at the Incas’ massive stonework when they arrived here in 1533, and you will too as you stand atop the 120-ton boulders of the hilltop fortress of Sacsayhuaman, or the curving walls of the Qorikancha, the Inca Sun Temple.
After wandering the cobbled streets, you can stay overnight in the city, or take a short trip to the Sacred Valley to sleep comfortably at a lower altitude.
Day 3: The Sacred Valley
The Urubamba River Valley near Cuzco was sacred to all Andean peoples, and this full-day tour takes you to the heart of the Inca mystery. After a stop at the quaint village of Chinchero—where you can bargain for handicrafts with locals in colorful traditional garb—you’ll scale the ruins at Pisac, looking out at a sweeping vista of Inca agricultural terraces.
In the afternoon, you’ll come to Ollantaytambo, a perfectly preserved, living Inca town presided over by a colossal fortress that struck terror into the hearts of Spanish invaders. We’ll spend the night here to get an early start for Machu Picchu the next day.
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour
In the morning, you’ll travel to Machu Picchu in comfort, looking out your train window at the sunny peaks and fast-flowing waters of the Sacred Valley before arriving at this staggering royal estate.
After a guided tour, you’ll have time to explore the site at leisure—taking photos, scaling the surrounding slopes, or sitting in quiet contemplation—before returning to Cuzco in the evening.
Day 5: Machu Picchu Day Two
Watching day break over Machu Picchu is on everyone’s bucket list, and you’ll experience it with us.
You can also choose to stand in the Inca Sun Gate or climb the shark’s-fin sugarloaf of Huayna Picchu before lunch and your return to Cuzco. From there, we take you directly to your hotel.
Day 6: Lima – Iguazu, Brazil Tour
After a short morning flight, you’ll have a day to explore Lima, the majestic capital of Spain’s vast empire in South America.
Choose from a city tour of its grand colonial plaza, catacomb-filled churches, and pre-Colombian museums, or a visit to a traditional fishing village nearby. At night, you’ll fly to Iguazu, where we’ll take you straight to your hotel.
Day 7: Iguazu, Argentina Tour
With Iguazu’s spray lashing your skin and its deafening roar thundering in your ears, you’ll feel the might of this tower of white water from very close indeed. Exotic birds, rainbows, and butterflies will hover around you as you step out onto a catwalk that extends 1,200 yards over the so-called Devil’s Gorge—if you dare.
Day 8: Iguazu – Rio Tour
Next up: Rio. After a short flight, you’ll take a full-day tour of Brazil’s “city of marvels,” from its hilltop Christ the Redeemer and spectacular sugarloaf mountain to the sizzling beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
After dark, you can groove to its samba-fueled nightlife or sway to the mellow sounds of bossa nova.
Day 9: Rio de Janeiro
For your final day, you’re free to wander Rio at your leisure. Experience sailing, surfing, hang-gliding, and some of the most glorious people-watching on the planet as the warm, life-loving carioca spirit infects you. At night, we’ll take you to the airport to catch your connection home.
All our tours are customized and can depart on any day. Please contact us for your personalized tour program.