Visit South Eastern Brazil
Travelling in South Eastern Brazil often starts with a visit to Rio de Janeiro and the ‘City of Marvels' is naturally a major highlight on a tour in this part of the country. From Rio can be visited long stretches of Atlantic coastline and stately colonial towns, which grew up during the gold mining rush of the 18th century.
Adjacent to Rio de Janeiro are the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo. The former is dotted with pretty mining towns such as Ouro Preto and Tiradentes, both of which are popular inclusions on tailor-made tours. The latter, less-visited and less-developed, is noted for the spectacular granite boulders of Pedro Azul and superb beaches that are often deserted for all but the visiting turtles. Further up the coast lies Bahia, which can easily be added to a South Eastern Brazil travel itinerary, for an extended Brazil holiday.
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This tailor-made holiday combines the very best of Brazil's cities, beaches and natural world. Begin in Rio – the home of Carnival – before swapping the golden sands of Ilha Grande for the historic treasures of Paraty and the crashing torrents of Iguau Falls.
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.
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Costa Verde - the Green Coast - stretches from Mangaratibe, just south of Rio de Janeiro, to São Sebastião in São Paulo state. The steep, rainforest-clad Serra do Mar mountains rise up dramatically from the emerald sea, pristine sandy beaches and sleepy coastal towns and villages of the Costa Verde.
São Paulo is not just Brazil's largest city, it's also the most-populated city in the southern hemisphere. For some visitors, heaving and heady São Paulo is the ugly sister of Rio de Janeiro.
Ilha Grande is a small, sparkling island off the Costa Verde. It's easily reached by ferry from the mainland port of Angra dos Reis and is regarded as one of southeast Brazil's most majestic islands - largely undisturbed and topographically spectacular.
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