27 days in Rio de Janeiro, Lima & Cusco Region Itinerary

27 days in Rio de Janeiro, Lima & Cusco Region Itinerary

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27 days in Rio de Janeiro, Lima & Cusco Region Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Calca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Andahuaylillas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Parque Lage and Avenida Atlantica are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Tijuca and Leblon Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Mirante da Prainha ©
Mirante da Prainha

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.
Head to Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and Mercado Los Incasfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Lima and Caral. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, look for gifts at Dedalo arte & artesania, and take a stroll through San Isidro.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Lima in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lima due to the time zone difference. In September, Lima is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Calca.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Caral Peru ©
Caral Peru
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

2
nights
Calca, Peru

Calca ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Huchuy Qosco, then stop by Centro Texti Urpi, and then look for gifts at Centro Textil Acllas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and then hike along Lares Trek.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Calca trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to Calca. Traveling from Lima in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Calca, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Calca

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chinchero, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Lares Trek
Highlights from your plan
Centro Textil Acllas ©
Centro Textil Acllas
Huchuy Qosco ©
Huchuy Qosco
Lares Trek ©
Lares Trek

4
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Get a sense of the local culture at Intipuncu and Igreja Virgen Del Carmen. Explore Machu Picchu's surroundings by going to Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant (in Mollepata) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, stop by Artesanias, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Calca to Machu Picchu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Andahuaylillas.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Zipline

1
night
Andahuaylillas, Peru

Andahuaylillas ©
On a trip to Andahuaylillas, you'll experience the culture and traditions of the indigenous Quechua people, who make up the majority of the town's population of 5,400.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Piquillacta, explore the ancient world of Rumicolca, then explore the ancient world of Tipon, and finally make a trip to San Pedro de Andahuaylillas (Sistine Chapel of America).

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Andahuaylillas travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Andahuaylillas. In October, daytime highs in Andahuaylillas are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Andahuaylillas

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huarcapay, Tipon
Highlights from your plan
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Tipon ©
Tipon
Rumicolca ©
Rumicolca

6
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mercado Central de San Pedro and Q'enqo. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Andahuaylillas to Cusco takes an hour. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

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