Brazil to Cuzco

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  • 2014-04-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel overland from the Brazilian Amazon through to Cuzco

Experience the unbridled thrill of adventure and exploration on this journey from the Brazilian Amazon to Cuzco. Kicking off in Brazil’s carnival city, Rio de Janeiro, this trip stays well off the beaten track as it plunges directly into the heart of South America. Journey through small towns, tribal villages, ancient cities and dense Amazon wilderness, and experience authentic culture and customs while staying in local accommodation. Once the jungles, canyons, waterfalls, lakes and mountains have been intrepidly navigated, the trip winds up in Cuzco, Peru – the land of the Incas. Savour the sights, sounds and flavours of Brazil, Peru and the incredible Amazon Jungle on this South American adventure.

  • Wander the charismatic cobbled streets of Ouro Preto
  • Spend the night with the Kalunga people, a rarely visited Brazilian tribe
  • Splash in hot springs in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
  • Marvel at the quirky architecture of Brasilia
  • Journey through the beating heart of Brazil to the Pantanal
  • Stay in an authentic Amazon Jungle lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • Sail around the Tres Chimbadas Lake on a catamaran

Brazil to Cuzco Summary

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Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio and get swept up in the charisma of this vibrant Brazilian city.

Days 2-3 Ouro Preto

Explore the colonial mining town of Ouro Preto, where old-world baroque churches and wood and soapstone architecture create an enchanting atmosphere.

Day 4 Bush Camp

Travel through towns, villages and picturesque Brazilian countryside, before setting up camp for a night under the stars.

Days 5-6 Brasilia

Discover the cutting-edge architecture of Brazil's federal capital.

Day 7 Bush Camp

Start the overland journey into the country's wild interior.

Days 8-10 Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

Splash around in warm springs, hike in the jungle and visit awe-inspiring waterfalls during a stay in the beautiful Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park.

Day 11 Pocone

Arrive in Pocone, the jump-off point for our journey into the Pantanal's pristine wilderness.

Days 12-13 Pantanal

Navigate the vast, wildlife-filled wetlands of Central Brazil by boat and canoe.

Days 14-15 Vila Bela de Santissima Trinidade

Delve even deeper into the jungle to the tiny Amazonian village of Vila Bela da Santissima Trindade.

Days 16-19 West Brazil Bush Camp

Continue on through this remote region's vast river system towards the Peruvian border.

Day 20 Xapuri

Spend a day meandering the quiet, historic streets of back-of-beyond Xapuri.

Days 21-25 Puerto Maldonado/Amazon

Cross the Rio Acre into Peru and for a night in Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon. Spend the next few days searching for exotic plant and wildlife on various nature outings.

Day 26 Quince Mil

Arrive in the tiny town of Quince Mil for a night in a guesthouse set in beautiful rainforest surrounds.

Days 27-28 Cuzco

Make tracks to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Explore the majestic main plaza before wandering cobbled streets or learning more about Peru’s history and grandeur in the city’s many museums.