My husband and I would like to travel to Brazil and Peru May 2012 for 1 month. We already have an idea of the places we would like to visit but i still need to figure out an itinenary so any suggestions and advise are more than welcome.I tought it is better if we fly to Rio and start from there.
Fly to Rio de Janiero - 1day
Fly to Cusco - 2 days there and do the 4 day tour inca to macchu picchu.
Maybe 2 days to to lake titicaca (if we have time)
Fly back to brazil (cuiaba) for 5 days tour in north pantanal
(maybe also south pantanal and Bonito) Shall we skip this part??
Fly to manaus - 2 days there - From Manaus we are planning to do 10 day tour in the Amazon
Fly to iguazzu - 3 days there to see the iguazzu falls fom both sides and relax
We were thinking to buy a fly pass as it is faster to visit all the places in just 1 month.
Thanks a lot
Rio de Janeiro lies at sea level. Cuzco lies at 3400 meters high. Going straight from one to the other means that you haven't picked up any altitude acclimatization, and will be unable to do much of anything for the first three days there. Setting out directly on the Inca trail (which climbs to 4750 meter on the 2nd day) after only 2 days in Cuzco is not recommended - you'll run a serious risk of altitude sickness. I'd first fly to somewhere around ~2500 meters (Arequipa at 2350 always is a good choice), and only after 2-3 days make your way to Cuzco (from where after 1-2 nights you could then set out on the Inca trail; or you could try going from Arequipa to Lake Titicaca (4000 meters high) first - that's a big jump there, but it has the benefit that afterward the Inca Trail should be a breeze).
(Rule of thumb for altitude is that the first 2000 meters can be done in one go, but after that you need a minimum of 1 night of acclimatization each time you gain another 1000 meters.)
I don't know anything about Brazil, so unfortunately can't comment on that part of your plans.
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Aug-2011, at 05:10 by Sander ]
Why fly to Brazil then to Peru? Why not fly straight to Peru? Then home from Brazil or wherever.
Many people miss Lima out but it has a fair bit to see:
Not only is it worth having a look around Cuzco, but there are a number of tourist agencies there who will book you on some good day trips to nearby places, and further afield if you want them. The Nazca lines are interesting but quite some distance away.
Also as Sander said, you will need to acclimatise. The place I stayed at had oxygen machines where you could top up if you were having a bit of trouble with the altitude.
I went to Rio and it's interesting in that it is a famous place but apart from it's many beaches and a statue, there is little there for the tourist.
Thanks for your replies.
sander you are right , I think it`s better if we fly to lima first.
Cyberia to fly directly to lima is the ideal way but we live in malta and the flights from here are extremly expensive to Peru, to Rio are cheaper.if we buy Malta-Peru ,Rio-Malta is also very expensive.
The other problem is that we need to buy a fly pass which we can use in both countries, Peru and Brazil if possible and that we can buy seperate from our international flights. If this is not possible unfortunately we will have to give up Peru and travel only to Brazil.
Awaiting for your replies
Thanks again for your help.