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19 Days Brazil Sightseeing Tour
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    19 Days

  • Activity Level

    Hard

  • Language

    English, Spanish

Description

Sail down the Amazon River, across Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, to the Lost City of Incas, and on the way, explore rainforests, jungle tribes, quaint towns, and bustling cities surrounded by the lush nature of the Amazon. With the help of experienced local guides well-versed in the ecology and culture of the area, you are sure to go deep into the Amazonian Forests for an unforgettable tour. From walking and trekking to canoeing and camping, this is a wholesome trip for your adventurous soul. 

Highlights
  • Explore the city of Lima
  • Visit the Amazon Opera House in Manaus
  • Witness the magnificent 'Meeting of the Waters' junction
  • Tour the city of Cusco
  • Inspect the ancient ruins of Machupicchu
  • Day 1: Arrive in Lima expand_more

    Upon arrival at Lima International airport, we will assist and transfer you to the hotel of your choice.

    Take rest at the hotel for some time and then we will prepare for your trip around this magical country.

  • Day 2: Lima Sightseeing expand_more

    After breakfast, you will be guided through a sightseeing tour of the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the 'City of Kings'.

    • Explore Lima's Historical Centre: Plaza San Martin - the Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and the Colonial Balconies. 

    • Visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of colonial art in America and the cultural heritage of humanity.

    • Tour to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera and its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches, and underground Catacombs.

    • Traverse the El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century and the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar - a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. 

  • Day 3: Lima - Iquitos expand_more
    • Transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Iquitos after breakfast.

    • Upon arrival, we will transfer to the selected hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

    Iquitos is a city that can be reached only by air or boat, except a road (which is not connected to the country's main road network ) to Nauta, a small town roughly 100 km (62 mi) south of Iquitos. Ocean vessels of 3000 to 9000 tons and 5.5 meters can reach Iquitos via the Amazon River from the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Day 4: Iquitos - Three Frontiers expand_more
    • 6 AM: Leave by speedboat to the Three Frontiers - Santa Rosa (Peru), Leticia (Colombia), Tabatinga (Brasil). This is where the three borders meet, and the cities are close to each other.
    • Cross the three-way-frontier - nearly 300 km from Iquitos, leaving Peru via the Rio Amazonas. The cheapest and most common route is by river from Iquitos. It is an 8 - 10 hour trip by a speedboat with two outboard motors or four days downriver in a riverboat. 
    • Get a unique glimpse at the Peruvian Amazon River and rainforest through visits to Indian villages, jungle hikes day and night, bird-watching, and piranha fishing excursions using our ecological outboard-powered aluminum shore boats. Local Amazon naturalist - English-speaking guides with years of experience in Amazon Rainforest Ecology will help passengers discover more sights.
    • Visit remote black water lakes, lagoons, creeks, and channels normally inaccessible by other boats. The departures are scheduled only on Saturdays at noon. Some services go all the way to Leticia (Colombia) or Tabatinga (Brazil), but many stops at one of the two small Peruvian frontier settlements of Santa Rosa or Islandia at Chimbote.
    • Explore Santa Rosa/Leticia/Tabatinga is a small police post serving as the main customs checkpoint (Guarda Costa) for river traffic. 
    • Transfer to a hotel in Leticia (Colombia), and you are free for the rest of the day. 
  • Day 5: Leticia/Tabatinga - Manaus expand_more
    • Travel by Cargo Ship from Tabatinga to Manaus. The boat leaves only on Wednesday and Saturday. Tabatinga is a small Brazilian town right next to the Columbian town of Leticia; only a road separates them.

    • Stay in Leticia while waiting for our boat; the city offers good hostels. There is no border checking between these two towns and Santa Rosa on the Peruvian side. But as soon as we get out of the towns, we will encounter passport checks. One can get a Brazilian stamp only at Policia Federales, which is on the way but it is better to get there before leaving. We recommend you take the upper deck and position yourself around the middle of the ship.

  • Day 6: Visit Manaus expand_more
    • Transfer to the selected hotel in Manaus. You are free for the rest of the day. Manaus lies on the Negro river, 7 km from where it meets the Solimões river to form the Amazon river. It is the capital of the Amazonas state and a hub of the entire Amazon region, with a population of 1.6 million. Today. Manaus is also a busy trade center, with its roots in the rubber trade industry. One of the must-see places in Manaus is the Amazon Opera House and its surroundings. The Opera house is considered the most important architectural work from the rubber golden age.

    • Visit the Courthouse Palace. With its sober and austere facade, it is the best representative of the city's architecture. Manaus serves as the best-equipped entry and exit point for eco-tourists heading into the Amazon Rainforest. This region is very humid and receives heavy rainfall all year round. 

  • Day 7: Explore Manaus expand_more
    • Take a trip to Ceasa market.

    • Get on board a speedboat to go to the other side of the river until we reach Careiro village - a typical fisherman's spot for the commercialization of river fish.

    • Witness the magnificent 'Meeting of the Waters' - the junction where the Amazon River meets the Negro River.

    • Continue on the famous Trans Amazonica road for 40 kilometers until we reach the Arara River, where a houseboat or Jungle Lodge is waiting for us.

    • Reach Mamori basin. After lunch, we will explore the area and its ecosystems.

    Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 8: Manaus Jungle Trek expand_more
    • Go on a jungle trek and learn about medicinal plants, survival techniques and flora & fauna after breakfast.

    • Afternoon: After a  buffet lunch, we will go on a fishing trip (Piranhas). Come back to the hotel for a buffet dinner.

    • Venture on a night tour for alligator spotting and feel the nocturnal environment.

    Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 9: Visit Caboclos expand_more
    • Visit native Caboclos after breakfast. It is an amazing experience to see how these people deal with the jungle and their typical way of life, canoeing through the creeks and flooded lands (Igarapé and Igapó).

    • Go on a canoe ride for bird watching after a buffet lunch.

    • Return to hotel for buffet dinner.

    Overnight stay at hotel. 

  • Day 10: Return to Manaus City expand_more
    • Go for a sunrise tour on canoes after breakfast.

    • Return to Manaus after lunch.

  • Day 11: Manaus - Rio Branco expand_more
    • Transfer to Manaus airport for your flight to Rio Branco city, the capital of Acre state in North-West Brazil. Rio Branco has air connections to all the major cities of Brazil, but river travel is still an important means of transportation. Rio Branco has also been one of the primary cities to surface within the banks of the Acre River of the Amazon. 

  • Day 12: Rio Branco - Puerto Maldonado expand_more
    • Drive to Puerto Maldonado city on the Peru side (8 - 9 hrs drive approximately) after breakfast.

    • Transfer to the selected hotel upon arrival. Puerto Maldonado is a small Amazonian city in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The city itself holds little interest to tourists, however, its a great starting point for visiting some of the amazing Jungle reserves, particularly the Tambopata Reserve which is close by. 

    • Visit the Tambopata Reserve.

  • Day 13: Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco expand_more
    • Drive in a private car to Cusco via the Inter Oceania road (8 - 9 hrs drive approximately).

    • Stop for pictures and enjoy views of the Ausangate mountain of the Willkanuta Mountain range in the Andes of Peru. The area has four major geological features - the Andean uplift formed by Grants, the hanging glaciers and glacial erosional valleys, the Permian formation with its singular colours: red, ochre, and turquoise, and the Cretaceous limestone forests.

  • Day 14: Cusco City Tour expand_more
    • Take a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, including the Main Square, the Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha.
    • Drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones - some of them standing over 9m/30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. 

    • 08:00 PM: Get ready to enjoy dinner with a folklore show at a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments. At the same time, typically dressed dancers entertain you with ancient Peruvian dances.

  • Day 15: Sacred Valley of The Incas - Santa María expand_more
    • Take an early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the sacred valley of the Incas.

    • Stop in Awanakancha on our way from Cusco. One cannot travel to Peru without taking the time to see animals native to the Andes. And unless you plan on heading deep into the countryside, the very best and easiest place to see them is at Awanakancha, a small camelid farm dedicated to the animals and intricate textiles produced from their wool.

    • Have the opportunity to meet the resident animals: Alpaca, Llama, and Vicuña. The friendly animals are keen to meet visitors in the hope of receiving a tasty grassy snack.

    • Take some time to visit the small onsite exhibits, where you can understand how the animal wool is refined and naturally dyed before being expertly woven into fabrics, tapestries, clothing, and a variety of other products. Women from native communities offer live examples of traditional intricate weaving techniques using basic tools and wooden looms.

    • Visit the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. It is a shopping paradise in the Andes where barter is still practiced. You can enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch.

    • Pass through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba after breakfast.

    • Explore the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural center was like in the past.

    • Continue the journey along a winding ascent towards the Abra Malaga and the snowy Veronica located at an altitude of 4316 meters, from where we can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Cusco geography.

    • Take a short break of 15 minutes in the Abra Malaga; we will descend into the jungle of the Inca trail through the different climates that combine the paradisiacal landscapes of majestic snow and the hot jungle of the Inca Trail. At the height of Alfamayó, find a fully-paved Inca trail in admirable condition fully this is where asphalt road begins.

    • Continue towards the district of Santa Maria.

  • Day 16: Santa María - Santa Teresa expand_more
    • 07:00 AM: Wake up and find yourself in the midst of the jungle.

    • Start with a short but intense climb to start your section of an authentic Inca Trail. As you wind up and down precipitous cliffs over a stunning valley, your guide will transport you to the time of the Incas by revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient culture.

    • Descend to Quellomayo, where the group will stop for lunch and have some time to relax in hammocks. Keep an eye out for natural fruit, especially the taste explosion that is maracuja (passion fruit).

    • Continues the trek along the surging Urubamba river, crossing it at one point in a cart and pulley (safe yet thrilling). 

    • Walk to Santa Teresa Hot Spring, which is constructed on the mountain's slopes and the banks of the Urubamba River. The thermal water complex has three pools of different sizes and depths, which are supplied with medicinal water that varies between 40ºC and 44ºC.

    • Bath in the thermal baths of Santa Teresa mainly differs from the other springs of Peru because of its crystalline waters. These medicinal waters possess properties to treat cutaneous ulcers, bone pain, and rheumatism. You can also submerge under cold streams from the Uripata lagoons in the thermal baths, which provides a comforting sensation. There is soft sand at the bottom of the pools, and around the pools, we can contemplate rocks, vegetation, the sound of the river, and the mountain. The thermal baths of Santa Teresa are fully equipped with bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms, soccer fields, space for camping, a cafeteria, a kiosk for food and beverage supply, and a viewpoint. It also has a hydromassage system and is a charming place to rest after extensive walks such as Machu Picchu and Choquequirao trails.

  • Day 17: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes expand_more
    • Take a car to Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station and then continue our adventurous journey to the lost city.

    • Take a trek from the Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes 'Town of Machu Picchu'. 

  • Day 18: Machupicchu - Cusco expand_more
    • Go to the bus station for a journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as 'The Lost City of the Incas.' Climbing 6 km of winding road, the bus will take us to the incredible site of Huayna Picchu, also known as Wayne Picchu (Quechua for "Young Peak"). The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 200. 
    • Participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, and various burial grounds. The Sun Gates of Machu Picchu boasts a picture-perfect vantage point overlooking Peru's most famous ruins. Tourists flock to this outcrop high in the Andes Mountains to enjoy the same view featured on virtually every postcard depicting the Machu Picchu citadel. 
    • Enjoy a stroll through the town of Aguas Calientes and visit its hot springs with thermal waters. 
    • Visit Mandor Waterfall, in an area of lush forest surrounding the town of Machu Picchu. 
    • Follow the railway line from Machu Picchu Pueblo for a 45 minute-hike. When you reach a railway crossing, you will see a small group of houses whose dwellers will tell you how to reach Mandor Waterfall.
  • Day 19: Cusco - Lima expand_more
    • Transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima and back home.
What's Included
  • In Lima, the sightseeing tour

  • In Iquitos, the speedboat to the three frontiers & ship to Manaus

  • In Manaus jungle, the tour to Samauma

  • In Rio Branco, the bus to Puerto Maldonado

  • In Puerto Maldonado, the bus to Cusco

  • In Cusco, the sightseeing tour and trip to nearby ruins

  • Dinner including folklore show is also included

  • In the sacred valley of the Incas, the excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo is included. Lunch is also included

  • In Machu Picchu, the guided visit to Citadel and lunch is included

  • 19 nights accommodation is included

  • All entrance tickets applicable

  • All transfers and land transportation

  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo

  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes

  • Bus ticket of  Rio Branco, Puerto Maldonado, and Cusco

  • Speed Boat in Iquitos and Tabatinga

  • Ship cargo at Tabatinga

  • Manaus accommodation is in a dormitory

  • Airfare  Lima - Iquitos, Manaus - Rio Branco & Cusco - Lima

  • All applicable taxes

  • All bilingual guided tours (English / Spanish) as described in the itinerary

  • Private guide in Lima (Spanish, English, German, Italian & Japanese Spoken)

What's Excluded
  • International flights

  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)

  • Excess baggage

  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • International or National personal telephone calls

Know before you go
  • On the 1st day, no meal is provided. 

  • On the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th,19th and 20th only breakfast is provided.

  • On the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th day breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

  • On the 5th day, breakfast and lunch are provided.

  • On the 16th day, breakfast and lunch are provided.

Meeting Point

Lima, Peru

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Derek

    I would say Axel was more of a tour organiser than a guide.

    His local knowledge was very limited and repeatedly consulted the driver when asked questions.

    Very little information was offered and was always prompted by ourselves for information.

    There was never any commentary.

    Despite telling us otherwise we believe that the  stay with a local family in Puna was his first time and had not been to the property before.

    1 we were told to get off at a train stop that did not exist.

    2 we arrived after dark and he had difficulty in finding the location.

    3. He did not know the name of the owners of the house.

    4. The standard of accommodation for this property was very basic to say the least and not commensurate with the price paid.

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