9 days in South America Itinerary

9 days in South America Itinerary

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9 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Ferry:  22​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

1
night
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 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Parque Lage and then take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and then stroll through Copacabana Beach.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Shark Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Baia dos Porcos and Porto de Santo Antonio Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachorro and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha holiday planning website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

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