42 days in Colombia & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

42 days in Colombia & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Bahia Solano, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Covenas, Colombia
— 1 night
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Islas de Rosario, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Salento, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Visiting Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Minga Expeditions (in La Calera). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at Museo Santa Clara, and see some colorful creatures with Dive & Tours.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary maker app.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Bogota is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vilnius to Bogota. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vilnius in August; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can fly to Bahia Solano.
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Bahia Solano, Colombia — 2 nights

Bahía Solano is a municipality and town in the Chocó Department, Colombia. On the 1st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Bahia Solano day trip tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Bahia Solano in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Bahia Solano: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 35°C at night. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Torre del Reloj. Get in touch with nature at Caribe Colombiano Diving and Playa Blanca. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, examine the collection at Choco Museo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bahia Solano to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Bahia Solano, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cartagena, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Covenas.
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Covenas, Colombia — 1 night

Coveñas is a town and municipality located in the Sucre Department, northern Colombia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with Covenas Diving Co..

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Covenas road trip planning website.

Getting from Cartagena to Covenas by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Covenas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Islas de Rosario.
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Islas de Rosario, Colombia — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get outside with IslaBela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario and then head outdoors with Bendita Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Islas de Rosario planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Covenas to Islas de Rosario. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 6 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba San Andres Dive Shop and La Piscinita. Relax by the water at Playa de San Luis and Bahia Cocoplum. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dream Island Spa, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Islas de Rosario to San Andres Island takes 4.5 hours. In September in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum Pablo Escobar and Museo de Antioquia. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Las Tangaras Bird Reserve. On the 17th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Parque Arvi, discover the deep blue sea with Aquarius Diving Club, admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin day trip website.

Getting from San Andres Island to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Andres Island in September; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salento.
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Salento, Colombia — 3 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Take a break from the city and head to Bosques de Cocora and Valle del Cocora. Get some cultural insight at Region Paisaje / Landscape Region and Museo del Disco y la Musica. The adventure continues: stroll through Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, hike along Coffee Tour Luger, stroll around Plaza de Bolivar Salento, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Cocora.

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Getting from Medellin to Salento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

On the 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Salento to Tayrona National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Salento in September, with highs in Tayrona National Park at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 4 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Blanca will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Minca - Memorial Museum Of The Sierra Nevada and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Go for a jaunt from Santa Marta to Minca to see El Dorado Bird Reserve about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Rodadero and walk around Parque de Los Novios.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta day trip planning app.

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 10 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Praia de Grumari and Leblon Beach. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra Bonita, make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday website.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Rio de Janeiro in 12.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Santa Marta in September, things will get a bit cooler in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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.
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