I am 37 year old female planning a trip with my kids, 15 year old girl and 11 year old boy, to see Brazil's Statue of Christ at Rio de Janeiro and to see the Machu Pichu in Peru around Aug of 2009. I am clueless as to whether I should find the hotels and airlines on my own?? Or to go with a travel agency?? I speak very little Spanish, but I am able to get by in Italy summer of 08. Any advice that you can give me will be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you.