11 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

11 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

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11 days in Colombia & Brazil Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
Brasilia, Brazil
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bogota, Colombia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

If you are flying in from Colombia, the closest major airport is El Dorado International Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Marta.

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bogota to Santa Marta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect Santa Marta to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cartagena.

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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Brasilia.

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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Museo del Oro Zenu ©
Museo del Oro Zenu
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brasilia trip planning app .

You can fly from Cartagena to Brasilia in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Cartagena in February, expect Brasilia to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.

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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagoinha do Leste and Campeche island. Visit Daniela beach and Barra da Lagoa Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Ingleses.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florianopolis trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Brasilia to Florianopolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Florianopolis when traveling from Brasilia in February, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Daniela's Beach ©
Daniela's Beach
Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
Barra da Lagoa Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro attractions site .

You can fly from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Porto Seguro.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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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.
On the 19th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Recife de Fora and then kick back and relax at Muta Beach. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento and then kick back and relax at Coroa Vermelha Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro online vacation planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Porto Seguro: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Recife de Fora ©
Recife de Fora

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