Cuzco and Brazilian Amazon

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2014-02-28

Travel overland from Cuzco through the Brazilian Amazon to Rio

For an ultimate tour of the Amazon Jungle, this Cuzco to Brazilian Amazon trip offers the unbridled thrill of adventure and exploration. Starting off in Peru’s Cuzco, the land of the Incas, this trip stays well off the beaten track as it plunges directly through the heart of South America. Journey through small towns, tribal villages, ancient cities and dense Amazon jungle, and get to experience the real South America by camping and staying in local accommodation. Once the jungles, canyons, waterfalls, lakes and mountains have been intrepidly navigated, the trip winds up in Brazil’s carnival city, Rio de Janeiro. Experience the authentic sights, sounds and flavours of Peru, Brazil 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

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Day 1 Cuzco

Start the adventure in Cusco, 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.

Day 2 Puerto Maldonado

Drive to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon.

Days 3-4 Amazon Lodge

Travel to the Posada Amazonas lodge and be immersed in the dense expanses of forest surrounding the area. Keep an eye out for toucans, parrots and macaws flying against the horizon and search for giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife while sailing around the Tres Chimbadas Lake on a catamaran.

Days 5-8 West Brazil Bush Camp

Journey to this rarely visited part of Peru and central Brazil via Rio Branco and Porto Velho – the latter of which is a gold-rush town with a few gold shops still doing business.

Day 9 Pocone

Arrive in Pocone, a small town that is the base for exploring the beautiful Pantanal

Days 10-12 Pantanal

Explore the vast, wildlife-filled wetlands of Central Brazil from a ranch base. Take boats and canoes to move through the waterways of this exceptional part of Brazil.

Days 13-14 Central Brazil Bush Camp

Travelling through central Brazil, there are plenty of sights to be seen along this stretch of the trip, which is taken slowly to soak up the surrounds.

Days 15-16 Brasilia

Embark on a fascinating day tour of the fascinating city of Brazil’s capital Brasilia, which is rich in stunning architecture and sculpture.

Days 17-19 Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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

Day 20 Cavalcante

Stay with the rarely visited Kalunga people, said to be the descendants of runaway slaves, and spend the night camping on their lands.

Day 21 Bush Camp

Travel through towns, villages and the unique Brazilian countryside, before setting up camp near Tres Marias and sleeping under the stars.

Days 22-23 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 24 Rio de Janeiro

Finish the adventure in magnificent Rio, and get swept up in the charisma of this vibrant Brazilian city.