19 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

19 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

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19 days in Brazil, Lima & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Paraty, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4​h
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Miraflores, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lima itinerary tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Lima is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in September since evenings lows in Lima dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online attractions planner .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 7°C. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas, then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. In January, Foz do Iguacu is much warmer than Cusco - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

2
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sao Paulo: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ilhabela.

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

1
night
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
On the 9th (Sat), kick back and relax at Baia de Castelhanos Beach, stroll through Praia Da Feiticeira, and then step off the mainland to explore Cabras Island.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ilhabela vacation planning app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Sao Paulo to Ilhabela in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Ilhabela can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cabras Island ©
Cabras Island
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Praia Da Feiticeira ©
Praia Da Feiticeira

1
day
Paraty, Brazil

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On the 10th (Sun), browse the exhibits of Galeria Aecio Sarti and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paraty road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Paraty takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Galeria Aecio Sarti ©
Galeria Aecio Sarti

1
night
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande trip planner.

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Petropolis (Museu de Cera de Petropolis, Imperial Museum, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll around Parque Lage, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. January in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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