Machu Picchu to Rio Tour
(06/10/2011)Both are set in stunning settings surrounded by forested peaks. Both are emblems of South America and both are famous for their lively and spirited inhabitants. Why combine Rio and Machu Picchu for your South American vacation?
1. You can't miss Machu Picchu
There is a good reason why Machu Picchu is so popular. The Incas were always good at choosing spectacular settings, and they chose the best for their sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. It represents the history of a people who ran a huge empire, uniting the Andes from Colombia to Chile. Machu Picchu never fails to impress and is deservedly top on any list of highlights of South America.
2. Rio is a 'must see'
Modern South America is moving forward and nowhere is this more in evidence than friendly and fun Rio. Surely no other city has such a spectacular setting with blue sea and white sand beaches running up to lush forests and hills above. Tijuaca in Rio is the world’s largest urban forest . Just step off one of Rio’s busy city streets into rainforest, waterfalls and trails up to the World Wonder that is the White Christ.
3. Experience all the variety of a South American vacation.
On a trip to Machu Picchu and Rio you can do it all. Machu Picchu’s location in the Andes mountains makes it a paradise for outdoor pursuits. Besides the famous Inca Trail there are treks lasting from one day to…well, as long as you like. The Sacred Valley leading up to Machu Picchu is a well recognized center for mountain biking and white water rafting. Despite the affects of tourism, Machu Picchu, Cusco and around still have one foot in the past. For a view of the centuries old culture of the Andes - from shamanic practices to traditional weaving - Peru is an unbeatable destination.
After all that history and culture though, you might just want to kick off your boots and chill out – and where better than in Rio.? Here is the other side of South America; relaxed, family oriented, stylish and fun. Lie back in the sun, enjoy that view and slurp a frozen acari fruit on Ipanema beach. Unforgettable!
4. There's more to see near Rio and Machu Picchu
From Rio there is easy access to the tropical island beaches and forests around Paraty; or follow the Cariocas (people from Rio) up into the hills of Petropolis.
It is easy to combine your visit to Machu Picchu with a visit to Lake Titicaca, the highest naviagable lake in the world. The Uros people there make their own reed island homes. Or how about a trip to see vicunas and condors in Colca Canyon; the deepest canyon in the world.
5. Travel between Machu Picchu and Rio
Taca Airlines has direct flights between Rio and Lima. LAN airlines fly via Sao Paolo or Santiago de Chile.
A great add on to your Machu Picchu Rio Tour is a two day visit to spectacular Iguazu Falls. LAN has direct flights from Lima to the Argentina side of the falls, then continue directly from the Brazil side of Iguassu, on to Rio.
With a little more time and an adventurous spirit, you can fly direct from Cusco to La Paz, Bolivia. After a tour of the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats, you can continue to Rio via Sao Paolo.
6. When to go to Machu Picchu and Rio
The best news is that autumn (fall) and spring are the best time to visit both Rio and Machu Picchu; as well as Iguazu Falls.
Summer months of June – August are the busiest in Machu Picchu and also the coolest in Rio. Rio’s summer from December to February is hot and humid, and these months see the most rain at Machu Picchu.
Visiting Machu Picchu and Rio is therefore best in October – November or April – May.