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The sun drenched north east, known as Nordeste in Portuguese (which is the local language), has plenty to offer with its colonial architecture, tropical climate, folk art, fishing and local crafts.
Arguably some of Brazil's best beaches are found in Natal in the north eastern region, which incidentally was used as the American military base in world war II. Many of these beaches are so secluded that the only way to reach them is by dune buggy. These vehicles come with driver included and you can choose an "emotional" or "un-emotional" ride!
Another beautiful beach can be found at the tiny fishing village of Porto de Galinhas (the crude translation of which is "Chickens Port"). In olden times, "chicken" was a codeword for the illegal slave cargo that was being smuggled into the harbour. Despite its dark history the beach is spectacular and is protected by reefs creating many natural bathing pools.
If it is cultural heritage you seek, a visit to Olinda will not disappoint you with its 20 Baroque churches, convents and numerous small chapels. Olinda is built on a hill amidst lush tropical vegetation that sweeps down to the sea and as you wander up and down the steep streets you are surrounded by colonial architecture.
Throughout the north of Brazil there are local markets, buzzing with colour, selling cashews, leather goods, lace, hammocks, t-shirts, sand art and even brightly coloured fish to hang on your wall. The surrounding trees are alive with the sound of the tropical birds that nest in them.
North Brazil Holidays with Abercrombie & Kent, let our experts design your perfect Brazil holiday.
Best time to be there
Before you visit Brazil decide what you want to see: Brazil is a continental country, with large temperature variations from north to south. Visit the Pantanal from July to December, the Amazon Jungle from March to August, Rio de Janeiro from September to May and the Northeast year round.
Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro (British Airways)
14 hours 15 minutes
GMT -3 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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