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Lima/Cusco to Manaus to Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls

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1. Posted by cmos70 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi there,

What is the best way (preferably also the fastest and cheapest :)) of getting from Lima/Cusco to Manaus to Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls?

Can you get from Lima/Cusco to Manaus over land? If so, how? If flying, is there another airline option aside from getting from Lima/Cusco to Manaus via ttp://www.voegol.com.br/INT/index_ie.asp?

How much and how long is the bus ride from Rio to Iguassu Falls? is flying a better option?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
keith

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

First from Lima to Pucallpa by bus. From Cuzco you might have to switch buses.
Then by boat to Iquitos and on to Tabatinga (3 frontier colombia, peru, brazil) and on to Manaus via Tefe.
Then there are several options from Manaus. You can get a boat to Belem and travel down the coast to Rio.
Or get a boat to Porto Velho and a bus on to Cuiaba, Brasilia and down to Rio.
At least the road between Manaus and Porto Velho is closed now, don't know about roads towards the west from Manaus. They might be open?
From Rio numerous buses go west towards the Pantanal and/or Iguazu Falls. Don't no the time it takes, but it probably is somewhere in the 24 hour range.

3. Posted by cmos70 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks Utrecht for the info.

Wow, the first leg of the trip from Lima/Cusco to Manaus sounds like an awesome journey...not sure I 'd have enough time. Would you know the estimated time to get to Manaus via your suggested route?

Would I be able to catch a flight from Manaus to Iguassu Falls or bus from the closest airport before heading to Rio?

Is there another recommended airline or site for booking internal flights within South America?

Thanks again,
keith

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Hi Keith,
Flying in Peru is much cheaper than in Brazil, so maybe try to fly to Iquitos and save some time on the first part of your trip.
Here are some Peruvian airlines:

www.lanperu.com
www.tans.com.pe
www.starperu.com.pe
www.nuevocontinente.com.pe

I guess, from Iquitos to Manaus is about 5 or 6 days of travelling, so without any stops or switch of boats and you won't see anything else than life on the main river.

From Manaus, flying to Iquazu Falls mean you probably have to change planes in Rio or Sao Paulo. And it's so expensive, you probably pay at least 300 dollar, but probably much more.
Of course you can fly to Brasilia, probably for around 150-200 dollar and bus it from there to the Pantanal (cuiaba or campo grande) and down to Iguasu Falls from there.
Do you really want to visit Rio? What do you mean by 'bus from the closest airport?'

Have fun! Michael.

5. Posted by cmos70 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Rio is a must...heard so much about it...LOL.

I meant bus from the closest airport around the Iguassu Falls area...seems like there is an aiport at Iguassu Falls therefore, shouldn't be much of a problem then.

Is safety a concern if considering to do the ~24hrs bus from Rio to Iguazu Falls? Any comment on cost, comfort and road conditions?

Thanks a bunch Michael and cheers!!!
keith

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting cmos70

Rio is a must...heard so much about it...LOL.

I meant bus from the closest airport around the Iguassu Falls area...seems like there is an aiport at Iguassu Falls therefore, shouldn't be much of a problem then.

Is safety a concern if considering to do the ~24hrs bus from Rio to Iguazu Falls? Any comment on cost, comfort and road conditions?

Thanks a bunch Michael and cheers!!!
keith

Haven't done that trip myself, but in general I've read that bustravel in Brazil is safe, comfortable and cheap alltogether!
Have fun!