Southeast Region

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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.

Windsor Califórnia Hotel
Windsor Califórnia Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
The price is CA $91 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (608 reviews)
"Everything was very good"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2021

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Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $113 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is just steps from Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue and Rua Barata Ribeiro ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (943 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful and the staff is very nice. When I arrived my room wasn't ready, so I had to wait 2 hours before checking into my room. Besides that the hotel was great. Great room service, great view and attentive staff. Also when you check in the hotel serves you champagne. It makes you ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2021

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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $142 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leblon Beach and Posto 12. Rua Dias Ferreira and Posto 11 are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (917 reviews)
"I like the all inclusive package. The cocktails were excellent and food was good. Con: breakfast was the same everyday."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
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Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
Mercure Guarulhos Aeroporto Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barao De Maua 450 Centro, Guarulhos, SP
The price is CA $44 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Located in Guarulhos City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Shopping Center Norte, Salomon's Temple, and Expo Center North. Anhembi ...
4/5 Very Good! (545 reviews)
"Spacious rooms"

Reviewed on Jul. 16, 2021

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Plaza Inn Small Town Flat
Plaza Inn Small Town Flat
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Olavo Egidio 420 Santana, Sao Paulo
The price is CA $63 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Santana, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, Expo Center North, and Shopping Center Norte. Anhembi Sambadrome and Rua ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (169 reviews)
"Nice, polite staff. Will definitely return. Spacious rooms with solid amenities."

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2019

Plaza Inn Small Town Flat
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
4 out of 5
Rua Professor Filadelfo Azevedo, 717, Vila Nova Conceicao, Sao Paulo
The price is CA $109 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Located in Vila Nova Conceicao, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Vila Nova Star and Ibirapuera Park. Professor Aristoteles Orsini Planetarium ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (450 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable apartments with full kitchen. Staff are attentive and courteous. Breakfast is delivered in room to minimize conglomeration. The neighborhood has many restaurants and shopping options."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2021

Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
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