Journey to South America – Part 2

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Clear Travel's Top suggestions for stops in South America.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is one of South America’s Wonders of the World, this Inca site is located approx. 50 miles from Cusco. Cusco is the main gateway for Machu Picchu and one of the regions tourism centres. Cusco is accessible by plane or long bus journeys from Lima and other major cities. Cusco has many tourist sites to visit and to keep you occupied while you get acclimatised before your journey to Machu Picchu begins.

The Incas began building Machu Picchu around 1400AD and was brought to World attention by Hiram Bingham in 1911. It is a major tourist attraction for Peru and is a very spiritual place with much history and influence that spread out across South America and beyond.

Most visitors travel along the famous Inca Trail to arrive at Machu Picchu a few days later. There are other options and trails available to travel to Machu Picchu. It is recommended if your schedule is tight to pre-book your preferred option as permits are becoming more and more limited. Another alternative is to travel by train from Cusco to the very touristy town of Aguas Calientes before getting the mini-buses very early the next morning to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. Two good reasons to get up very early is first to witness the sunrise across Machu Picchu and secondly to acquire one of the limited tickets to climb Wayna Picchu. It is in part a steep climb but worth the effort to view Machu Picchu from a high and different angle.

A full day exploring Machu Picchu is both exhilarating and exhausting and should not be missed on your visit to Peru.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a city does not sleep, so much to offer and to see. Highlights include the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer, the Maracana football stadium, the infamous Favelas and Sugar Loaf Mountain. As the location for the 2016 Olympics and one of the host cities for the next World Cup there is no better time now or in the coming years to visit Rio. If your journey or holiday to South America can be arranged to coincide with the Rio Carnival or New Year’s Eve you will have an experience you will never forget.

If you are only in Rio for a few days, we can help organise a city tour that will guide you through many of the city highlights. Should you want to visit the renowned Favelas it is important to visit with a reputable tour company to their recommended Favelas only. Other neighbourhoods to visit include Santa Teresa, Lapa and Leblon.

There are regular flights to Rio with many airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, KLM and Air France. Possible add-ons to your visit to Rio de Janeiro could include Sao Paulo, Iguassu Falls, Banos, Ilha Grande and Paraty all accessible by plane or long inter-city bus journeys.

Get ready to sun worship, people watch and party in the great city of Rio.

In the meantime contact Clear Travel for all travel needs and help with your South America Journey
Tel: +44 (0) 161 408 5070 or Email: reservations@cleartravel.co.uk

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