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1. Posted by nathali (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I am driving myself crazy trying to find the best way to get from brazil to peru by land/boat. Desperately need some advice with planning my route:). I have about 2 months if the money can stretch that far.

I hope to fly to Sao Paulo in November for a event and whilst in Brazil I'd like to visit alto de paraiso near brasilia as well as foz do iguazu (these are the main 2 places). I then hope to spend the rest of my time in Peru - cuzco and iquitos. or I could even fly to sao paulo leave to peru and then return to brazil for the end of the travels.

Im wandering how best to move. Sao paulo -brasilia - back to sao paulo (or other) - foz and then by road on to peru. Does anyone know roughly how much the travel might cost and time.


Sao paulo - foz - up to brasilia and then on through the amazonas? From brasilia what might be the best way to get to the starting point -town where boats make their way down to iquitos? Is there a way to make it there by land or is it best to fly and any ideas about the cost. (i could even do this the other way...from sao paulo fly to lima and then once in iquitos make my way back to brazil to leave from sao paulo instead of peru?)

Or...foz-up to brasilia back to sao paulo and fly.

If there is anyone that might have done a similar route or can answer any of this I would be soo grateful.

Thank you so much.


[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2012, at 05:04 by nathali ]

2. Posted by Subversa (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hello Nathali,
The itinerary that you choosed deal with large distances indeed. Okay to Brasilia São Paulo, nearest places in the Center of Brasil. By bus Brasilia - São Paulo you will take 15hours. I advice a cheap flight between the distances, like or Noyadays is not worth to fly large distances by land just because is more expensive and takes lots of time and unnecessary effort. Remember (i dont know where you are from) you will enter countries with some risk to alone woman (to be stolen or worse).

I live in Brasilia and I recomend very much Chapada dos Veadeiros (Alto Paraiso) there are lots of wonderful waterfals and stunning landscapes and its just 2hours by car from Brasília. Coincidentally I am goind this weekend and I discovered a hostel there I prefer Sao Jorge than Alto Paraiso (São Jorge is a district 32 km far. There you will find the National Park from Chapada dos Veadeiros, a must see you have to go). In sao Jorge you could make camping, like Camping Taiua there the guy rent a tent to you if you cant to carry tents in luggage. The more less luggage, the better, you know.

To foz do Iguaçu is better to go from São Paulo. I would like in your place to go by plane, by bus its lasts 17 hours by car, 20 hours more or less by bus. Maybe to there coud be fun to make this route.

But look to the map. You have to discover if theres a flight or a flight to Lima (to go to Machu Pichu, Peru, Cuzco). The distances are huge. If I am you I would take a flight specially for this route Brasil Peru.,+Brasil&daddr=S%C3%A3o+Paulo+-+S%C3%A3o+Paulo+to:Curitiba+-+PR+to:Foz+do+Igua%C3%A7u+-+PR+to:Lima,+Peru&hl=pt-BR&ie=UTF8&sll=-18.796435,-61.848135&sspn=27.143354,46.538086&geocode=Fcw2D_8drqgk_SmjkVvkGD1akzF_XdgLYtPoJA%3BFfGrmP4dHlk4_SnRYaSDgUTOlDGuWzP_CEupmw%3BFXz-e_4dXCYQ_SnxDwn89ePclDFHtysJsIN6PA%3BFW4vev4d9Ay__Cm7edvlPZj2lDFJw8qFxWgLkg%3BFTgqSP8dxR9o-ylnllMe28gFkTEp2nugilNFTw&oq=lima&mra=ls&t=m&z=5

Look to curitiba to lima:,%20%20--CWB---&Destino=Lima,%20J%20Chavez%20International%20%20--LIM---&Data=03/08/2012&Hora=&Origem=Lima,%20J%20Chavez%20International%20%20--LIM---&Destino=Curitiba,%20%20--CWB---&Data=03/08/2012&Hora=&NumADT=1&NumCHD=0&NumINF=0&SomenteDireto=0&SomenteIda=0&Cia=&SelCabin=&utm_source=rumbo&utm_medium=motor&utm_campaign=passagens&CPId=rumbo_motor_passagens

I recommend SUBMARINO, i took a cheap flight to australia once and is a reliable brazilian low cost flight company.

If you accept advice, go to Brasilia - Alto Paraiso. After, you have to reach a beach in Brasil, like Brasilia - Salvador, and then to Morro de São Paulo and Boipeba Island. Dont go to the south. Go to the northeast from Brasil. Than you come back to the center (São Paulo), or try a flight direct from Salvador to Lima. I assure you It will be a good free sample from Brasil.

From Lima, Cuzco.

3. Posted by nathali (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!


Thank you so much for your time and effort to answer all my queries. I really appreciate it. I am realising the practicalities of the trip and how it might be difficult to cover the 2 places and I might have to decide on one over the other:). I see the airtravel from curitiba to lima is quite expensive and as I have a budget of 2,000 for 2 months and 2 weeks, I really need to find the most economical means of travel:s. I also looked at and the buses are also around $60 to brasilia and if I need to make a return journey back to sao paulo from both brasilia and iguazu:s this will become very expensive already.

If I had to make a choice between the 2 locations, which would you recommend? i assume from the previous advice brasilia more than foz? My stay in Brazil will not be so long, about 2-3 weeks (depending on the costs). I will stay in a ashram near sao paulo for a few days and then a little traveling in brazil and then off to peru...

Thank you sooo so much.

Nat. xxxxx

4. Posted by nathali (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know how much the bus travel from Brazil to Peru via bolivia may cost overall and the actual number of days it takes to get there?

Thank you. xx

5. Posted by johnrica (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

You just take a day to reach there by bus.

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Not many people do this because of the very long time on sometimes poor buses and the number of connections that can be involved:

Most prefer a flight. A lot easier, quicker and sometimes cheaper.

7. Posted by Kiwi-kayla (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!


I know this thread is a bit old but if you haven't visited the "bamba experience" website you should check it out. It's a hop on hop off bus service that travels through South America, while you might not want to use, (it I'm still deciding if I should or not the prices are a bit steep), it does have "recommended travel times" and other helpful information on there.

Also, from the bit of looking around I've done it might be cheaper to do your travel in Brazil and then fly to Peru and do your travel land travel there? You can get flights for under $700(NZD) one way Sao Paulo>Lima. (Sorry I'm not sure which currency you work in, but that's about $550USD, or 350GBP). But it depends on how much time and money you have to spend, if you're going to be there a while and don't mind taking the long route then I'd say try not to fly, you get to see more and do more!!

Let me know how your planning and trip goes. I'm currently trying to figure out just exactly what to do on my own trip over there in January 2014.

Have fun --Kayla.