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The Northern Region of Brazil was the last region to be given importance by the Brazilian government, but makes up 45% of the entire size of the country.  However, it still remains the least inhabited and most unexplored part of Brazil. 

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.

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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.

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Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro (British Airways)

flying time

14 hours 15 minutes

time difference

GMT -3 hours


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Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area

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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:

Brazil's Colonial Treasures

Nights: 11 | from £4,875pp

Step back in time for 11 nights as your explore Brazil’s colonial history: think old cobbled streets, bohemian districts, bustling city squares and old-world... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Brazil

Nights: 12 | from £3,750pp

Vibrant Rio, the world’s largest waterfalls, tropical wildlife, colonial Salvador and the Bahia Coast are just a few highlights of this 12 night programme. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Buenos Aires, Iguassu & Rio

Nights: 8 | from £3,785pp

Experience the diverse cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janerio with a visit to the beautiful Iguazu Falls. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Brazil's Wildlife

Nights: 12 | from £4,545pp

A 12 night expedition into dense rainforests, luxuriant wetlands and striking landscapes; explore Brazil’s magnificent wildlife before some well-deserved... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Nannai is a stunning property on Muro Alto Beach, just 54km south of Recife and 9km north of the eclectic and well known fishing village of Porto de Galinhas,... Find out more

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The Chili Beach

Reputed as one of Brazil's finest beach hotels, The Chili Beach Boutique Hotel enjoys an envious location on the soft white sands of Praia da Malhada... Find out more

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