Holidays in North East Brazil: an Overview

At the North Eastern tip of Brazil is Jericoacoara, home to huge sand dunes and a deliciously laid back vibe. Further south, the small fishing village of Pipa perches on cliffs overlooking some of Brazil's finest beaches. Finally, 220 miles from the mainland east of Pipa lies the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha - a UNESCO Natural Heritage site - consisting of 21 small volcanic islands, isolated in the equatorial South Atlantic. All different, all wonderful.

Jericoacoara and Pipa on the mainland, and Fernando do Noronha island, are beach havens and full of wildlife and activities aplenty. Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's fondly referred to by locals, has a seductive and low key feel that attracts a laid back crowd looking for somewhere to relax or to enjoy windsurfing or kite surfing.

The landscape changes to the south, around Pipa, where the warm tropical seawater is frequented by turtles and dolphins and the scenery becomes a mix of dramatic cliff faces and giant sand dunes. In the village itself, there are some excellent eateries hidden away for those in the know - we will ensure you are.

Flying in to Fernando do Noronha, you are given a bird's-eye view of the islands' deserted cream beaches and hills clad in tropical vegetation. Accommodation is on the largest island, also called Fernando, and the only one that is inhabited. The island's controlled visitor numbers means that you will have the pick of the 14 beaches and can choose from those that are ideal for surfing, or others that are more sheltered and perfect for swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing. With a year-round temperature of 25°C, Fernando de Noronha is a little piece of paradise.

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White Sand Beach in Jericoacoara
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Beach Dreams in Jeri

Visit the beach town of Jericoacoara (or Jeri as the locals know it) with its wide open sands and emerald hues, where you can stroll down the sandy alleys dotted with surf shops and seafood shacks. Gusty sea breezes makes it a kite-surfing mecca and superlative surf spot. Come evening, sip caipirinhas with toes dug in the sand and watch the sun set from the top of the dunes.

Fernando do Noronha
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An Exclusive Island Getaway

Journey to Fernando do Noronha, a castaway wilderness archipelago which only allows 400 visitors at one time, meaning you can lap up golden coastline and jungle-clad hills in rare peace. Steal away to secluded beaches or head onto azure waters spotting dolphins and sea turtles.

Pedra Furada
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Dune Buggying

If you find yourself in the beach town of Jericoacoara, take a dune buggy and career along the coast to Pedra Furada, a picturesque arched rock carved by years of crashing westerly waves. You'll pass the picturesque Malhada Beach, a surfing hotspot, or take the coastal path for sweeping views of the rugged shoreline. Pause to cool off in turquoise lagoons and stay late for dreamy sunsets.

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A Note on Price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week itinerary starts from £3,500 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more.

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