Day 1: Lima
Arrive in the evening and head straight to your convenient Lima airport hotel.
Day 2: Lima/ Cusco
Fly over the Andes to the UNESCO Heritage city of Cuzco. After a chance to freshen up, we will take you on a Cusco City Tour to appreciate the mix of Incan and Colonial styles in the city. Includes visits to the huge Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Stay overnight in Cusco or take the short trip to the Sacred Valley for a comfortable night’s sleep at lower altitude.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour
Start your exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas — the vast valley below Machu Picchu where traditional lifestyle continues to this day. Start by visiting the charming town of Chinchero and see traditionally dressed locals in the handicrafts market at Pisaq.
After lunch alongside the Urubamba River, your tour ends in Ollantaytambo, a pretty village laid out in the traditional Incan format and dominated by an Inca fortress on the hills above the village. Overnight here so you can easily take the train to Machu Picchu the next day.
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour
Catch the early train to Machu Picchu passing through lovely mountain scenery. Arrive with plenty of time to begin exploring the breathtaking Incan citadel. Your guide will take you around the site, then you have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own - walking to the Inca Bridge, the Sun Gate, more photos or just quiet contemplation. Then in the afternoon you will head back down to your evening train and transfer to Cusco and your hotel.
Day 5: Machu Picchu Second Day
A second day´s visit to Machu Picchu will allow you to climb one of the viewpoints and wonder at the surrounding mountains - including Huayna Picchu - or maybe just walk around and take in the nearby site at your own speed. Afternoon train back to Cusco.
Day 6 : Lima / Iguazu Brazil Tour
Fly to Lima for an optional visit to a nearby traditional fishing village or a tour of the city’s center, churches and museums. Evening flight to Iguazu. There we will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
Day 7: Iguazu Argentina Tour
Today you will see the spectacular waterfalls from the Argentine side – widely considered the most beautiful. Flowers, tropical plants, butterflies and exotic birds add to the splendor of this close encounter with Iguassu. If you dare, walk out onto a catwalk that extends 1,200 yards over the tropical basin of Devil’s Gorge Waterfall.
Day 8 : Iguazu/Rio Tour
And on to Rio. We take you on a full day tour of the highlights of Rio from the White Christ to Sugar Loaf for spectacular city views, and on to the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
Day 9: Rio
An extra day at your leisure to enjoy Rio before your evening flight home.
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