North Eastern Brazil holidays
North Eastern Brazil is an exotic and enticing heartland of colonial history, Afro-Brazilian culture, of sugar cane plantations and coastal cuisine. Here can be experienced some of Brazil's most spectacular and least-touristy Carnivals, full of acrobatic dancing and swaying to the frenetic sounds of upbeat frevo music.
The coastline, too, is hugely alluring, with long stretches of empty, white sand beach fringed by a beautiful blue-green sea. The stunning archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is also easily accessible, for further isolation and seaside charms. Spending a few days by the northeast coast is a perfect way to wind down at the end of an extended Brazil tour or, indeed, as a luxury holiday in its own right.
Travelling in this region offers a glimpse of an unspoilt and diverse side of Brazil seen by few visitors. While Bahia is perhaps the best-known destination in North Eastern Brazil, there's plenty more to see and do in its neighbouring provinces, such as Pernambuco, Paraíba and Maranhao. Much of North Eastern Brazil is characterised by the dramatic and semi-arid sertão, which gives way to fertile coastal strips. These in turn lead to those wonderfully idyllic Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Top itineraries in North Eastern Brazil
Head off the beaten track to explore the historic city of Olinda and the golden beaches of Porto de Galinhas on this tailor-made tour of Brazil. You'll even enjoy a stay in Rio, home to the iconic Cristo Redentor statue and the iconic sands of Copacabana.
Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable tailor-made holiday, which begins amid Rio's city icons before heading north to learn about Afro-Brazilian heritage in Salvador and relax on the beaches of Praia do Forte.
Relax in the deserted beaches around Jercoacoara, sampling the rich flora and fauna of the Parnaíba River Delta. Take a motorboat ride along the Preguiças River and explore the colonial history of São Luis, home to the most extensive collection of secular Portuguese architecture in Latin America.
Where to go in North Eastern Brazil
Lençóis de Maranhenses is a coastal national park located on the vast, windswept and empty coast of Maranhão state in North Eastern Brazil. Its powder white sands and undulating dunes are dotted with freshwater lakes that fill up during the rainy season.
Jericoacoara was once a sleepy fishing village surrounded by dunes and lagoons, where hippies would hangout for months at a time, enjoying the lazy coastal vibe. Nowadays its' a much more mainstream destination, attracting holidaymakers from Brazil's cities and overseas.
Fortaleza is a busy, modern city on the North Eastern Brazil coast, with broad boulevards and al fresco cafes amongst its sparkling tower buildings that overlook the ocean. There are popular urban beaches in the city, with sands suitable for sunbathing and beach volleyball, and a beachside promenad…
Wild and deserted beaches and rolling surf are the reasons that the seaside town of Natal features on many North Eastern Brazil travel itineraries - Natal's beaches are some of most popular in all Brazil. South from the town is the Rota do Sol - ‘Route of the Sun' - which runs alongside a golden co…
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