Northeastern Region of Brazil
Chapada Diamantina - Brazil's "Lost World"
Chapada Diamantina National Park in Brazil's Bahia state is called the Lost World, compared to the Grand Canyon and to Jurassic Park landscape, but the region stands on its own for the fantastic rock formations, rivers and waterfalls, and a vast underground river system that creates astonishingly beautiful caves that attract divers and spelunkers all year around.
Exploring Brazil's Northeast
The Northeastern states of Alagoas, Bahia, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piaui and Sergipe are different from the rest of Brazil. The population is more heavily African and mestizo, the cuisine is spicier, the weather hot and dry. The beaches are excellent, and the nightlife as hot and spicy as the climate.
Fernando de Noronha
This spectacularly scenic archipelago off the northeastern coast of Brazil is a paradise for divers and snorkelers for the crystalline, warm waters and variety of marine life.
Visit Alagoas, Sergipe and Pernambuco, Brazil
Alagoas state is small, but growing as a tourist destination. The beaches are excellent, and inland, lush sugarcane fields abound. Sergipe is the smallest Brazilian state and is home to colonial cities. Pernambuco is not large, yet it is huge in Brazilian history. The capital, Recife, is located partly on an island and partly on the mainland. Because of the numerous canals through the city, Recife is called the Venice of Brazil.
Visit Paraiba and Piauí, Brazil
Paraíba state has an interesting if unsettling past. Indigenous people lived in the area long before the Portuguese arrived and did not take kindly to them. The coastline in the state of Paui isn't very long, but the beaches are wonderful. The capital, Teresina, was named for Brazilian Empress Teresa Cristina Maria, but now the city has a definite middle Eastern flavor in the names of its streets and hotels.
Visit Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and Maranhão, Brazil
Brazil's state of Rio Grande do Norte occupies the northernmost curve of Brazil, with miles of beaches to tempt the sunseeker. Ceará, was once one of Brazil's poorest states, but 600 km of coastline and magnificent beaches has now made a difference. Maranhã is second only to Bahia in size, and its capital is called the top reggae center of the Northeast.
Visit Salvador, Brazil: Bahia, Beaches, Carnaval, Candomble
The state of Bahia occupies 216,612 sq mi (559,921 sq km) at the southern end of Brazil's northeastern region. Most visitors go to Bahia for the capital city of Salvador, sometimes also called Bahia, and the neighboring beach communities. Carnaval is a major event here and the beaches are superb.
Illustrated Resources for Natal
Maps, background information, things to do and see.
Dune Buggying on the Northern Brazilian Coast
Photos of one of the most popular entertainment activities near Natal.
Places to Stay in Recife, Brazil
Recife is the capital of Pernambuco state in northeastern Brazil, the center of commerce and host, with nearby Olinda, of one of Brazil's best carnivals. The upscale suburb of Boa Viagem beach is the center of beach activity, accommodations and nightclubbing.
Top 10 Things to Do in Recife
Protected by the reef that gives the city its name, Recife is built around a number of inlets, canals and bridges, living up to its name as the "Venice of Brazil." It offers walkable tours, great beaches and lively arts and entertainment - and two carnivals a year.
Salvador, the capital of Bahia state, is a city of contrasts: divided into two levels, a new modern city and an old colonial city within the city, a vibrant carnival locale and a busy tourist attraction.
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
An exotic tropical city in a vast country that encompasses everything from deserts to rain forests. Near the equator and nearer the South Atlantic Ocean Salvador is what Americans are imagining when they think of the place where "The Girl from Ipanema" strolled.
Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil
You can't go to Salvador, a major city located on a pensinsula on Bahia's coast, without spending time in the old city of colorful colonial buildings, cobblestoned streets and a sense of history clustered around the Largo do Pelourinho, also known as Praça José de Alencar.
Christmas in Salvador, Bahia
Brazil as a whole celebrates Christmas with verve and tradition, their own and those adapted from other countries, including lighted Christmas trees and angels, Papa Noel, stars and other decorations such as fresh flowers.
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Images of Brazil - Chapada Diamantina
The Chapada Diamantina, between Salvador and Lençóis, is a "lost world" of unusual rock formations, tablelands, subterranean rivers, waterfalls, valleys and mountains called morros.
Images of Brazil - Fortaleza
Fortaleza is the capital of Ceará state. The state has about 600 miles of beaches and a rich history.