24 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

24 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

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24 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  8​h
5
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States


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3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bairro Getsemani and Iglesia de Santo Toribio. Get some cultural insight at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Centro Historico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Blanca & Aviario Nacional de Colombia). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner .

New York City, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Cartagena is warmer than New York City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Museo Santa Clara. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, and make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota online visit planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Bogota is cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 68°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

8
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Step off the beaten path and head to Praia do Bode and Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia dos Golfinhos and Atalaia Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Fernando de Noronha takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 3 hours. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Fernando de Noronha, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Capela de Sao Pedro ©
Capela de Sao Pedro
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

3
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Relax by the water at Satu Beach and Rio da Barra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Santo Andre Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, look for gifts at Terima Kasih, and examine the collection at Espaco Coral Vivo Mucuge.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Porto Seguro in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Porto Seguro when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in January, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santo Andre Beach
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Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Poco dos Ingleses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Santa Rita, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores, and finally stroll through Brava or Joatinga Beach. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca, take a stroll through Centro Historico, and then stroll through Ilha da Cotia Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paraty itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto Seguro to Paraty in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Igreja de Santa Rita ©
Igreja de Santa Rita
Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores ©
Capela Nossa Senhora das Dores

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nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Beach and Praia de Grumari. Step out of the city life by going to Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, and stroll through Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

You can drive from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and bus. January in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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