Discover Southeast Region

The Southeast region of Brazil, a vibrant mosaic of cultures and landscapes, is a captivating destination for any traveller. Comprising the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Espírito Santo, this region boasts an eclectic blend of urban sophistication and natural splendour.

São Paulo, the economic powerhouse, is a sprawling metropolis known for its dynamic cultural scene, world-class museums, and diverse culinary offerings. Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach and the Christ the Redeemer statue offer a festive atmosphere with its famous Carnival and lively samba rhythms.

Minas Gerais is celebrated for its colonial heritage. Charming historic towns such as Ouro Preto and Tiradentes feature cobblestone streets and baroque churches that paint a picture of Brazil’s rich history. The state is also known for its culinary delights, particularly the traditional cheese bread, pão de queijo.

Espírito Santo, though lesser-known, is a gem with its beautiful coastline, lush mountains, and the captivating city of Vitória. The region’s blend of Portuguese and Indigenous cultures is reflected in its cuisine, which includes the delectable moqueca capixaba, a flavoursome fish stew.

Whether you’re exploring bustling cities, relaxing on pristine beaches, or delving into historical treasures, the Southeast region of Brazil promises an unforgettable journey filled with diverse experiences and vibrant local cultures.

Rio de Janeiro
Beautiful by Nature

Rio de Janeiro is notorious among tourists and boasts one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the illustrious statue of Christ the Redeemer. Back at sea level, there’s the opportunity to stroll along the pristine shores of Ipanema Beach, the inspiration for the fabled song, Girl of Ipanema, which was composed by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Morais and subsequently translated and recorded in several languages by a slew of international stars.

The locals—born and bred in Rio—are known as “bohemian cariocas” and are generally good-humoured and welcoming, and this has become a defining characteristic of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City). This friendly, hospitable spirit has inspired millions of tourists to flock to Rio at the end of each year to savour the festive NYE celebrations and exuberant fireworks on Copacabana Beach. All this without even mentioning Rio’s most famous Carnival!

São Paulo
A City Open for Business

São Paulo is the business capital of Brazil and seen as the country’s “international meeting room”. Sampa, as it is affectionately known, does have a lighter side though, and there’s plenty to entertain tourists looking for some down time; the city has a bustling nightlife, whilst the wider state of São Paulo is a treasure chest of retreats, be them rural or coastal.

Paulista Avenue is the financial heart of the city and where most Brazilian powerhouses and multinationals are headquartered. It’s a culturally diverse spot, so caters for most wants, be them for business or leisure. There are also many day trips and cultural attractions in São Paulo. And for those wanting to get a handle on the real dimensions of this megacity, visit the Santander Lighthouse building, where you can appreciate, from above, the gargantuan size of this stunning city.

Minas Gerais
Synonymous with Culture and Gastronomy

Minas Gerais is one of the guardians to Brazil’s past. Stepping through the streets of Ouro Preto, the state’s first capital city, you are transported back to a time of majestic colonial architecture. The state is also fiercely proud of its culinary reputation as one of the most popular and varied. Beyond its historical credentials, Minas Gerais is awash with natural beauty, from its grand waterfalls to its time-preserved caves.

It’s good news too if you’re an adventure sports fan, as there’s no shortage of options for kayaking and canoeing, rafting, hiking, camping, abseiling and much more. As the lyrics to a regional song by local duo Tonico and Tinoco go: “Oh, Minas Gerais, quem te conhece, não esquece jamais” (Oh, Minas Gerais, those that know you, never forget you).

Espírito Santo
A Jewel to be Explored

In Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo, there are two major ports through which most of the country’s mining exports pass, making the region a popular destination for business tourists.

Characterised by its extensive coastline, the state of Espírito Santo includes 73 islands. In Conceição da Barra, located approximately three hours from the capital, the fine dunes—that climb to over 30m high—serve as a stage for forró festivals and other events.

In addition to dazzling coastal scenery, Espírito Santo is replete with lavish rural landscapes, where you can explore the Atlantic Forest and its sensational vistas and natural pools. In the Pedra Azul National Park, located in Domingos Martins, you’ll find your treasure: Pedra Azul, an intriguing stone covered with lichens that make it change colour according to the sun’s position. Brazil’s region has everything a tourist could want—a must-visit!

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