12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Tiradentes, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 1 night
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  16​h
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

1
night
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), make a trip to Praca Tiradentes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Betrayal, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouro Preto day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ouro Preto is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ouro Preto, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tiradentes.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos

1
night
Tiradentes, Brazil

Tiradentes ©
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, then admire the striking features of Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church, then examine the collection at Museu de Sant'Ana, and finally admire the striking features of Santo Antonio Church.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tiradentes trip builder .

Drive from Ouro Preto to Tiradentes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ouro Preto in May, with highs in Tiradentes at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Tiradentes

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
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Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach and then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tiradentes to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tiradentes in May, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 79°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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night
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, make a trip to Praca dos Tres Poderes, then explore and take pictures at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo da Boa Vontade.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brasilia holiday builder site .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, Brasilia is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Brasilia

#Historic Sites
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Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha ©
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

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night
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Pena, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Porto Seguro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Seguro when traveling from Brasilia in May, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church ©
Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church
Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Pena ©
Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento ©

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Porto Seguro to Machu Picchu in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner .

Take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cusco Region
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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night
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Quito day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Quito takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in Quito. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

#Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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