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Southeast Region Holiday

Home to flamboyant cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in addition to tropical islands and colonial towns, this is one of Brazil’s most loved regions.

Beaches, bustling metropolises, colonial settlements and extravagant carnival celebrations await in Brazil's Southeast Region. Discover a mountainous backdrop that slopes down to an idyllic coastline dotted with pristine islands. The Southeast Region has Brazil’s highest population density, where some 80 million people share the cities, towns and villages spread across its four states. It’s also the most diverse population, with residents hailing from African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern migrant families.

A great place to start your visit is Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) and capital of its namesake state. Here you’ll find famous attractions such as Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Take daytrips to the lesser-visited beaches of Niterói and the traffic-free Ilha de Paquetá (Paquetá Island). Drive inland to the well-preserved Portuguese settlement of Petrópolis.

Head in either direction from Rio to reach postcard-perfect beaches. Travel east along the Costa do Sol to Cabo Frio and Búzios or west along the Costa Verde to the colonial port city of Paraty. Go snorkeling in crystal-clear water and hike through lush rainforest on Ilha Grande (Big Island).

São Paulo is the region’s southernmost area and home to Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo. Its large Italian and Japanese communities have turned it into one of the world’s most sought-after gastronomy centers. Nearby Santos is the gateway to the state’s beaches; those at Ubatuba, Ilhabela and Guarujá are among the many worth visiting.

Be sure to travel over the Serra do Espinhaco mountains to the sprawling Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state. It’s a jumping off point for trips to spa towns such as São Lourenco and Caxambu and the architecturally impressive Baroque city of Ouro Preto.

Beach lovers will enjoy hopping between the coastal resorts of Espírito Santo. Conceição da Barra, Guarapari and Vitória are some examples.

Reach the Southeast Region by flying to the international airports at Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and then get around via intercity buses and organized tours. December through March is the region’s peak travel season, with February (or March) being the time of Brazil’s world-famous carnival.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Southeast Region?

A: Soak up Sao Paulo like a local. Drive around the best sights of Rio de Janeiro with ease. Not only will your rental car make things simpler, it'll make them more fun too. Sure, you can get around the cities with public transportation if you have to. But if you're going into the region of Sao Paulo or farther afield, you should have a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Southeast Region.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Southeast Region?

A: Your visit to Southeast Region will likely begin at one of these major international airport terminals:

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Southeast Region?

A: Zip up your suitcase and get comfortable at one of the terrific hotels. They're one of the most commonly booked hotel types. Pousadas, apartments and hostels are also easy to find in Southeast Region.

Q: What does a Southeast Region holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, wheels and a place to rest for the night — we have them covered. All you have to do is work out what suits your plans. With Expedia, you can organise your trip to Southeast Region just how you like it, with extra attractions and experiences as well.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Southeast Region?

A: Our packages are a fantastic way to save loads of dollars on your Southeast Region trip. See new places for less when you bundle your Flights, Hotels and Experiences with a little help from Expedia. There's no time like the present to stop wondering and start wandering.

Q: What are the best things to do in Southeast Region?

A: Pinacoteca do Estado Museum and Paulista Museum are two symbolic attractions in Sao Paulo. Corinthians Arena is also a guaranteed people-pleaser.

Alternatively, if you're stopping for a while in Rio de Janeiro, many tourists head to Pico Fort, Santa Cruz Forta and Roberto Burle Marx Estate.

An exciting city to wrap up your holiday in Southeast Region is Belo Horizonte. The most pressing challenge you'll have here is deciding whether to head to Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Mineirao Stadium or Liberty Square first.




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Hotel Atlântico Prime NZ$31
Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020
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Hotel Atlântico Prime

Hotel Atlântico Prime

Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The hotel looks nice and new. The only thing is the location.

    Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
    Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020
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    Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro

    Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro

    Av. Lucio Costa 9600, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Likes - grand image, quality of finishes, black out curtains, exceptional service, good food, availabilty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, spa services with steam room, relaxing room. Amilcar, William and Rickerson provided excellent customer service! Dislikes - bathtub could be a bit bigger, didficult ...

      Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo NZ$172
      Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020
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      Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

      Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

      Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301, Brooklin District, Sao Paulo, SP
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent hotel in Sao Paulo. Efficient, comfortable, brand new, clean and customer oriented. Great views from panoramic windows. Thanks a lot.

        Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo NZ$108
        Reviewed on 14 May 2020
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        Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo

        Hotel Cadoro Sao Paulo

        Rua Augusta, 129, Sao Paulo
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          After my third stayed there i must say and it’s perfect for me! Great location, amazing rooms, very good food and I always enjoy the view. I’ll be back soon and thank you so much for all.

          Pullman São Paulo Guarulhos Airport NZ$166
          Reviewed on 14 May 2020
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          Pullman São Paulo Guarulhos Airport

          Pullman São Paulo Guarulhos Airport

          Rodovia Hélio Smidt s/n, Sector 1, Guarulhos, SP
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            very well attended, soft sheets, I intend to return

            Bienal Suítes Ibirapuera NZ$57
            Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020
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            Bienal Suítes Ibirapuera

            Bienal Suítes Ibirapuera

            Rua Sena Madureira, 1225, Sao Paulo, SP
               
              3.9 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Decent place. Stayed there for 1 night while waiting for our next flight. Breakfast was good. Room are big but show signs of wear. Bathrooms could definitely be better. Great area in theory but because of the roads, hard to walk to many places that are close. They don't speak English so be patient. ...

              Ibis Osasco NZ$45
              Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019
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              Ibis Osasco

              Ibis Osasco

                 
                4.1 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was not what expected.

                Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro NZ$120
                Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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                Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro

                Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro

                1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The pool was fantastic and the shopping malls are near by.

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