17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Ferry + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  16​h
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Porcos. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Cachorro and Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, stroll through Praia do Sueste, see the interesting displays at Shark Museum, and look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in February, expect Fernando de Noronha to be warmer, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get some cultural insight at Pao de Acucar and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel planning website .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

4
nights
Ubatuba, Brazil

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Historico and Church of Our Lady of Remedies. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Meio Beach and Prumirim Beach. Explore Ubatuba's surroundings by going to Praia do Cachadaco (in Trindade) and Lula Beach (in Paraty). There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia das Toninhas and kick back and relax at Felix Beach.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ubatuba route planner .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Ubatuba takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Ubatuba, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paraty
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Praia das Toninhas ©
Praia das Toninhas
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Plaza Santo Domingo. Explore hidden gems such as Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, and contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cartagena, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ubatuba to Cartagena takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ubatuba to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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