10 days in South America Itinerary

10 days in South America Itinerary

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10 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis, United States

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

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Indianapolis, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in December, with highs in Cartagena at 89°F and lows at 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

2
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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.
Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, walk around Parque Lage, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro holiday app .

Getting from Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baia dos Porcos and Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. Visiting Baia do Sancho and Fortaleza N S dos Remedios will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, kick back and relax at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and stroll through Conceicao Beach.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 1 hour. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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