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Southeast Region

Visit two of the country’s cultural behemoths and head down the coast for the beach resorts, islands and colonial towns in this popular part of Brazil.

Among Brazil’s most beloved vacation areas, the Southeast Region contains the iconic mountains of Rio de Janeiro and the den of sophistication that is São Paulo. Quaint villages and unspoiled beach islands share the region’s four states with these densely populated and highly developed cities. Travel through the state and chat with locals to understand the multicultural influences of this region.

Spend some time in the “Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, which has some of the world’s most iconic attractions. Take a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain and people-watch on Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. Work on your tan during hot weather from December through April. Expect crowds during the spectacular carnival in February.

Use the city’s bicycle system to get down to lesser-known bays, such as Niterói and Ilha de Paquetá. A little inland is the quaint Portuguese colonial town of Petrópolis, a popular vacation destination for Rio’s locals.

Rent a car to visit some of the beach towns, such as Cabo Frio and Búzios, along the Costa do Sol. The coastline to the southeast is the Costa Verde, leading to the charming port village of Paraty. Take a boat to Ilha Grande to hike through the tropical forest and reach secluded beaches.

Continue south down the coast to reach São Paulo, which is emerging as the country’s gastronomical hub, with Japanese and Italian fusions. Just outside the city are fine stretches of sand, such as Ubatuba, Guarujá and Ilhabela.

In the northern part of the region is the state of Minas Gerais, whose capital is Belo Horizonte. Admire the impressive architecture in Ouro Preto and relax in the spas in Caxambu and São Lourenco.

The vast area of the Southeast Region runs from the Atlantic Coast to the inland borders with the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná. Fly to one of the international airports in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Belo Horizonte and get around the region via buses and tour operators. 

The Southeast Region combines culture, an eclectic food scene and stunning beaches.

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

A: Unless you're a real car buff, public transportation or ride-sharing is probably the easiest and best way of moving around the streets of Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. With no parking fees (or trips to the gas pump) to worry you, you'll be able to relax and check out the city's attractions with ease. If your number one priority is to bypass town completely and discover the delights of the region of Sao Paulo or elsewhere, renting your own set of wheels is a fantastic option. Take a look around our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Southeast Region, book a ride and go where you want, whenever you want.

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

A: When arranging your vacation to Southeast Region, start your travel itinerary from one of these major international airport terminals:

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

A: The most frequently booked accommodations in Southeast Region are hotels. There are also plenty of pousadas, apartments and hostels.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: The sky is the limit. We have what you'd expect, like flights, cars and hotels. We've also got a range of experiences and activities to have a look at. Lock in just one or a combo of a few.

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

A: You can save money (and time) by choosing to bundle your bookings with us. From Rental Cars to Hotels, Expedia has everything you need for a memorable Southeast Region adventure. The more you book, the more savings you can make. You'll also have less to be worried about when you get to your destination.

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

A: A break that includes a stay in Sao Paulo wouldn't be the same if you didn't allow time to explore Pinacoteca do Estado Museum, Paulista Museum and Corinthians Arena.

If you're at a loss as to where to start in Rio de Janeiro, Pico Fort, Santa Cruz Forta and Roberto Burle Marx Estate are a sure bet. Discover why many travelers head straight for these local icons.

Lastly, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Mineirao Stadium and Liberty Square are top choices if you'd like to create some unforgettable memories while in Belo Horizonte.




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Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo ¥11,504
Reviewed on Jul 24, 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

    It’s challenging to operate in a time where the COVID-19 has taken a hold on how we are able to travel. The Grand Hyatt was exceptional in handling of this, and very prepared to ensure as well as possible your safety. As always there are guests who still don’t respect the social distancing, or wearing ...

    Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel ¥3,801
    Reviewed on Aug 22, 2016
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    Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel

    Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel

    Avenida Doutor Mario Guimaraes 520, Nova Iguacu, RJ
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Clean room, nice staff helps with everything , good swimming pool !!!

      Hotel Atlântico Rio ¥1,962
      Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020
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      Hotel Atlântico Rio

      Hotel Atlântico Rio

      Rua Xavier da Silveira, 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Hotel bem localizado e com preço razoável. Muita fila na recepção quase em todos os horários

        Sleep Inn Guarulhos ¥3,718
        Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020
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        Sleep Inn Guarulhos

        Sleep Inn Guarulhos

        Avenida Natalia Zarif, 2655, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Bom hotel com um preço compatível ao que oferecem.

          ibis budget São Caetano ¥2,734
          Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020
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          ibis budget São Caetano

          ibis budget São Caetano

          Rua Alegre 320, Santa Paula, Sao Caetano do Sul
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Ibis budget você já sabe o que esperar de estrutura, mas o Staff é muito amistoso e solícito! Fez total diferença na minha estada.

            Hotel Atlântico Prime ¥1,862
            Reviewed on Mar 6, 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.

              Américas Granada Hotel ¥3,147
              Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020
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              Américas Granada Hotel

              Américas Granada Hotel

              Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                New building, great views from the terrace top floor, nice swimming pool, small but nice plus a gym with a great view

                Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro ¥10,517
                Reviewed on Mar 17, 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 ...

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