14 days in Brazil & Colombia Itinerary

14 days in Brazil & Colombia Itinerary

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Salvador, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Brasilia, Brazil
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Salvador, Brazil

— 4 nights

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Visit Imbassai Beach and Flamengo Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guarajuba Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Salvador with an excursion to Praia do Lord in Praia do Forte--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Porto da Barra, stroll through Praia Farol da Barra, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco Church and Convent.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salvador travel itinerary planner.

Linton, UK to Salvador is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Linton to Salvador. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Linton in January; daily highs in Salvador reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 1 night

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and then take some stellar pictures from Morro da Urca.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online visit planner.

You can fly from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Brasilia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Brasilia, Brazil

— 2 nights

Capital of Hope

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 13th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Memorial JK and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brasilia trip maker tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Brasilia at 32°C and lows at 21°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Brasilia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West View and Playa de Spratt Bight. Visiting Aquanautas and La Piscinita will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and stroll through Playa de San Luis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip maker.

You can fly from Brasilia to San Andres Island in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Brasilia in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in San Andres Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

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 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj and then see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Colombia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.