29 days in Colombia, Brazil & Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Colombia, Brazil & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Natal, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Drive to Salgado Filho Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

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 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally see the interesting displays at Choco Museo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker website.

Calgary, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Cartagena, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in November, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 2 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and then explore the gorgeous colors at West View. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island online trip planner.

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

On the 17th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Tayrona National Park in 6.5 hours. In November in Tayrona National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 nights

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 18th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary website.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Santa Marta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Natal.
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Natal, Brazil — 3 nights

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Escape the urban bustle at Madeiro Beach and Genipabu Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Amor Beach and Morro do Careca. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Camurupim Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Parrachos de Maracajau, admire the majestic nature at Parque das Dunas, and make a trip to Jacumã Lagoon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Natal itinerary builder website.

Getting from Santa Marta to Natal by flight takes about 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Natal, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Salvador.
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Salvador, Brazil — 2 nights

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 23rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Flamengo Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Porto da Barra, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Farol da Barra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, explore the galleries of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilha dos Frades.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salvador itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Natal to Salvador takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Brasilia.
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Brasilia, Brazil — 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the views from Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo da Boa Vontade. On the next day, explore the galleries of Banco do Brasil Cultural Center - CCBB DF, then stroll around Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial JK.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brasilia online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Salvador to Brasilia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Brasilia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Curitiba.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nightlife
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Curitiba, Brazil — 2 nights

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
On the 27th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, see the interesting displays at the Polish Immigration Memorial, and then examine the collection at Espaco Cultural Franz Krajcberg. On your second day here, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Curitiba, examine the collection at Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao, and then take a stroll through Bairro de Santa Felicidade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Curitiba vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Curitiba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in November, expect Curitiba to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gramado.
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Gramado, Brazil — 2 nights

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Parque Terra Magica Florybal, then do a tasting at Vitivinicola Jolimont, and then don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Portico via Nova Petropolis, steep yourself in history at Casa do Colono, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gramado route builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Curitiba to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 1 night

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 1st (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Gramado to Jaco. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Gramado to Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 3rd (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel planning website.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 5th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 7th (Wed), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo journey maker app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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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Brazil travel guide

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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.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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