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Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Hi,

My wife and I have free tickets to South America and so we are taking advantage of them by combining Rio de Jainero and Cuzco/Machu Picchu. Initially we were going to just stay in Peru and add on the Amazon, but ultimately it didn't interest us nearly as much as the prospect of going to Rio!

We are planning on doing 5 full days and nights in Rio and then taking a flight to Cuzco from Rio and staying in Cuzco for 4 days. Then we head back to the US. It's obviously a lot of flying and doesn't seem like a very common thing to do (flying from one end of the continent to the other!) but we are really excited about the prospect of combining one of the most beautiful looking beach/party cities in the world with Machu Picchu and colonial Cuzco. I'm curious what others think of this idea, whether good or bad, even though we are doing it regardless .

Lastly, does anyone have any advice on how to fly from Rio to Cuzco for the best price? Are there some local airlines or websites we should check other than the usual kayak, Travelocity, Expedia options? It looks like the best option is an $800 per person flight that will take 10.5 hours and route from Rio -> Sao Paulo -> Lima -> Cuzco. We have to pay for this flight, so if anyone has any great ideas on how to find something better than this I'm very interested!

As always, thanks in advance for any and all input!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Oh and one more note...we are doing this trip at the end of October through the first week in November. It may be a bit of a gamble with the weather and Machu Picchu, but such is life .
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Old Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:39 PM
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despegar.com best values LIM CUZ LIM GIG

taca.com has worked for me in the past for this

latinamericaforless.com has some

multicountry itineraries similar at good prices...

weather2travel.com Climate Guides rain does not get real bad

in Cusco till Jan so odds are great you will be ok there.

andeantravelweb.com good info for you

Cusco is at 11000 ft go to the Sacred Valley first

casa-andina.com or apulodge.com is great there.

Visit MP from there back up to Cusco after you have adjusted

5 days min would be better for this then the rest on the beach

in Rio... brazilforless.com brailnuts.com for good deals there

Happy Planning!
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Old Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Honestly I don't recall flights from any other international city into Cusco so you'll probably have to go through Lima. You can check LAN or Star Peru for airfares. They might have some thing cheaper.

You'll want to check the flight times into Cusco. They tend to be in the morning or early afternoon. The later part of the day tends to be disrupted by wind / rain and there aren't as many flights. Like wise when you leave Cusco you might want to consider flying to Lima the day before and enjoying some sight seeing there. You wouldn't want to miss your international flight because it misted in Cusco.
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