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Northeast Brazil – by Solar Tours

The Northeast Region of Brazil is composed of the following states: Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia, and together, they represent nearly 20% of all land in the nation. The Northeast Region has about 53.6 million people, which represents nearly 30% of the population. While most of the people live in the urban areas, about  15 million people lives in the sertão or back-country. This area of Brazil is famous for its hot weather, beautiful beaches, and rich culture including unique folklore, music, cuisine, and literature.

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Northeast Brazil

This geographical area of North East Brazil is renowned for its beautiful coast and is considered to be the second most populated region – from Maranhao in the north, down to Bahia – which have a dominant African-Brazilian population.This coastal region was home to large numbers of African slaves who worked the sugarcane, tobacco and cotton plantations. This is evident today from the dominance of African and mixed African descendants  in this section of the coast.Despite the wonderful architecture that signifies the past plantation wealth of cities such as Recife and Salvador, Brazil’s geographic northeast area was considered to be a poor region, having experienced severe drought in the past, leading to huge migrations of its people to the southeast for work and a better lifestyle.

However, things are changing with a concerted efforts by the government, tourism in the area is booming. Brazil’s geographical region of the northeast and especially cities such as Natal, Fortaleza, Bahia, Recife, among others, is again an attractive and interesting destination for visitors.

  • Recife. Although Recife is the fourth-largest city in Brazil, it is less modern and cosmopolitan than its more famous counterparts. Recife is very proud of its tranquility, history and natural sites like Boa Viagem beach, one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil.
  • Natal. Natal is a city of extraordinary beaches dotted with tiny fishing villages that will satisfy every taste – from beaches close to downtown to Ponta Negra, the departure point for the Sun Route to Rio Grande do Norte’s southern coast.
  • Fortaleza. Fortaleza, a large, modern city where bold, new architecture contrasts, has become one of the preferred beach destinations among Brazilian and Latin American visitors due to the wide white sands  and the tall coconut palms.
  • Fernando de Noronha. The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, located about 200 miles from the Brazilian shore, is a National Park that comprises 21 islands and islets with beautiful beaches and fabulous marine life as well as a large variety of wildlife species.
  • Costa do Sauipe. Just 50 miles north of Salvador da Bahia, Costa do Sauípe is a unique resort where you can find 5 star hotels, fine dining, sports facilities, championship golf courses, soft adventure tours, and other cultural attractions.
  • Porto de Galinhas. Porto de Galinhas is one of the most beautiful and visited beaches of Brazil with warm, crystal-clear waters and huge coconut trees begging you to relax in the shade of this giant natural umbrella only 30 miles from Recife.
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Beautiful beach with palm trees at Praia do Amor Brazil
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