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Lencois Maranhenses national park in Maranhao state, Brazil

North Eastern Brazil

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

Brazil: Olinda and Porto de Galinhas & Rio

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,250 pp incl. flights

Explore the historic city of Olinda and the golden beaches of Porto de Galinhas on this eleven-day tailor-made tour.

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,935 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable 11-day tailor-made holiday.

Dunes and lagoons of northeast Brazil

10-day tailor-made journey from £3,365 pp incl. flights

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.

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,415 pp incl. flights

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, hides a continents worth of highlights within its borders. Teeming rainforests, sparkling beaches and iconic megacities can all be found here, along with a people and culture with a deserved reputation as one of the most welcoming on earth.

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Where to go in North Eastern Brazil

Lencois de Maranhenses

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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