6 days in South America Itinerary
Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
— 1 night
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States
Sun, Dec 18 - Fri, Dec 23
Cartagena, Colombia — 1 night
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 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.
To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip website.
Fort Lauderdale, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de la Recoleta, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then visit Puerto Madero, then steep yourself in history at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.
To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires vacation app.
You can fly from Cartagena to Buenos Aires in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cartagena in December, things will get a bit cooler in Buenos Aires: highs are around 83°F and lows about 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights
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 22nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner.
Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Buenos Aires in December, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide
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.