Brazil Natal Beaches
Natal, is the capital city of Brazil’s northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. It’s known for its beautiful stretch of coastline and its bulwark, the star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos (Three Kings Fort). Built by the Portuguese in 1599, at the mouth of the Potengi River, it provides views across the sea and Genipabu in the north, with towering dunes and a freshwater lagoon. In the south, Rota do Sol, passes dozens of beach resorts.
Brazil’s northeast coast is known for its white sand beaches, fringed by tropical forest. Enticingly dotted throughout this area are several exclusive beach resorts, accessible from the main cities of Salvador, Natal and Recife. The beautifully preserved city of Salvador de Bahia, has an interesting Portuguese-African culture and a rhythm of its own. Northeast, Praia do Forte is hard to surpass with endless beaches and a spectacular marine park making it a perfect tropical getaway.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 18-DAY BRAZIL NATAL HOLIDAY…
And, experience stunning beaches and colonial splendour.
Brazil is famous for its diverse culture, spectacular nature and magnificent beaches. From the great sights and samba rhythms in Rio, to the charming town of Paraty, and to the stunning colonial architecture and Afro-Portuguese culture of Salvador, this tour incorporates it all.
Brazil’s northeast coast is a region of white sand beaches, fringed by tropical forest boasting a year round warm climate. Enticingly dotted throughout this area are several exclusive beach resorts, accessible from the main cities of Salvador, Natal and Recife, offering seclusion, luxury and unrivalled service. Salvador de Bahia combines stunning beaches and colonial splendour. This beautifully preserved city with its cobbled streets, colourful buildings and ornate churches, has an interesting Portuguese-African culture and a rhythm of its own. For unspoilt natural splendour, Praia do Forte is hard to surpass with endless beaches and a spectacular marine park making it a perfect tropical getaway.
There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
In the Heart of Brazil
Paraty, Tiradentes, Ouro Preto, Salvador Olinda , Natal
(18 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach.
Day 2 & 3 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro Take a private morning transfer to the Iguassu airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is magnificently set on a narrow strip between the mountains and the sea. The combination of a dark blue sea, studded with rocky islands. The best known of these rocky masses are the Sugar Loaf, and the Corcovado, a jagged peak rising 710 metres behind the city.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain can be reached by a modern two-stage cable car ride. Enjoy the limitless view over the city, its mountain range in the back, the bay cut by the blue waters of the sea below. At the top of Corcovado Mountain, reached by a small train, is the majestic statue of Christ that stands 36.5 mtrs high.
Rio is the only big city where you can find a National Park just 5 minutes from downtown. One day, take a private Hiking adventure to Tijuca Forest, considered the largest urban forest in the world - It offers a wealth of trails with different settings and characteristics, and most having one feature in common: spectacular views.
Day 4 & 5 – Colonial Town
Paraty Take a private transfer to Paraty, a colonial town, 250 km south of Rio and about 3 ½ hr by road. In the afternoon, explore the historical town and learn about the story of the city while passing through streets and visiting well known points.
The Paraty town is remarkable for its centuries-old architecture with cobblestone streets, making it a delightful place to stroll about. Elegant white buildings adorned with fanciful multihued borders and latticed windows blend harmoniously with the natural beauty that envelops the town. Dozens of pristine beaches are within a couple of hours of Paraty which you can visit during your stay here.
Explore the town at leisure or take an optional full day jeep tour to visit Serra da Bocaina (Mata Atlântica) and Caminho deOuro. This tour will take you to the National Park that offers beautiful waterfalls, great for a swim in crystal clear waters. Enjoy and appreciate the marvellous panoramic views of the mountain range and stop at Villa Verde Restaurant for lunch near a small waterfall. This trip is combined with walks through the Atlantic Forest and the preserved area of Golden Route, that was used for the African slaves to carry gold and other natural resources from Minas Gerais to the port in Paraty.
Day 6 – Historical Town
Tiradentes Morning transfer to Rio airport for your flight to Belo Horizonte. Meet and greet and transfer to Tiradentes, a beautiful historical town in Minas Gerais State, also known for its lively arts. Enjoy the typical Mineiro food in one of the many authentic restaurants of the city. In the afternoon, take a walk through the historical centre and visit the important sites that include the baroque churches.
Overnight at Solar da Ponte or Pequena Tiradentes (B, L)
Day 7 & 8 – Brazilian Religious Architecture
Ouro Preto With your private guide, take a leisurely walk through the old streets of Tiradentes or explore the local shops.
With your private guide and driver, explore Ouro Preto, an incredibly beautiful town of cobble stone streets winding up and down hills all crowned by churches and chapels. The highlights of a visit include Church of St. Francis of Assissi, a masterpiece of Brazilian religious architecture, designed and sculpted in wood and soapstone; Museum of the School of Mines: gives a complete mineralogical view of Brazil, Church of Our Lady of Pilar: a church that marked the culmination of Golden Age architecture, with carved works painted entirely in gold.
Overnight at Nossa Senhora do Rosário or Pousada do Mondego (B, L)
Day 9, 10 & 11 – African Folk Culture
Salvador Travel to Mariana village and explore an old gold mine where we descend with strollers to the old dark entrance. After lunch, transfer to Belo Horizonte, for your flight to Salvador.
Salvador is where Brazil was born and her early history remains, both in colonial monuments and African folk culture. Your morning historical tour of Salvador ventures from the colonial-era slave auction site and grandiose baroque Sao Francisco Church, to the newer Upper City. In the evening transfer to the Miguel Santana Theatre for a folkloric show which presents the main manifestations of the African-Bahian culture. Dinner at a local restaurant with typical Bahian food. (except Sundays and Tuesdays).
Next day, explore Cachoeira, a colonial town - 100km from Salvador and situated by the Paraguaçu River. Built in the mid 17th and 18th Centuries during the peak of the sugarcane economy, it has fine examples of baroque residences with Portuguese tile covered façades and wrought iron grilled balconies of intricate beauty. To this day, Cachoeira presents the Black Culture heritage brought to Brazil by African slaves. A fair on Saturdays is an attraction for the people that attend their wares and exhibition of goods.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo or Casa do Amarelindo (B, L)
Day 12 & 13 – Baroque Architecture
Recife Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Recife. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, private tour to visit the cities of Recife and Olinda, a UNESCO site is famous for its fine examples of Baroque architecture that is translated in churches, convents and monasteries. Narrow and steep streets, lined with colonial style houses that are now artists’ ateliers opening up to beautiful views of Recife, and surrounding palm-lined beaches.
Overnight at Pousada Sete Colinas or Pousada Quatro Cantos or Pousada do Amparo (B)
Day 14 & 15 – Beach & Dunes
Natal Transfer to Recife airport for your flight to Natal. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Visit Natal’s main tourist attractions such as Reis Magos Fort - a Portuguese fort built in 1598; Via Costeira - seaboard road that runs south; downtown Natal and shopping centres.
Experience the fixed and mobile dunes of Genipabu Beach on a buggy. This tour on beach buggies is a lot of fun as each driver makes this buggy ride a rollercoaster sensation. After the thrills of the dunes tour will enjoy the beach and the optional horseback riding or jangada (log raft) ride.
Overnight at Manary Praia hotel (B)
Day 16 & 17 – Beach Destination
Praia de Pipa AM road transfer to Praia de Pipa, an old fishermen villa, which has been transformed into a worldwide attraction by its pretty beaches and charming atmosphere due to its excellent restaurants, bars and nocturnal life. You will have a day at leisure before you finish your tour in Brazil.
Overnight at Toca da Coruja (B)
Day 18 – Depart
Natal Transfer to Natal airport for your flight connection (B)
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk