The capital of Rio Grande do Norte enjoyed moderate growth until the 20th century, when its many beautiful beaches and dunes were at last developed for tourism. The construction of the Via Costeira, a grand coastal boulevard which marked a turning point in the development of Natal in the 1980s, has made Natal one of the preferred destinations for international visitors. Visitors are also drawn to such wonders as Ponta Negra, Genipabu, Redinha, Pipa, Pirangi and other spectacular beaches in and around the city. Natal is proud to be known as the Sun City thanks to its perfect tropical climate, which provides an average annual temperature of 82⁰F and around 300 days of sunshine a year.

Where to eat

Where to drink

Bar Seis em Ponto 
Things to see
Dunas de Genipabu
Praia de Pipa
Forte dos Reis Magos
Estádio Arena das Dunas

Recommended Side Trips
Once in Brazil, don’t miss the opportunity to visit these worthwhile places.

Near Porto Alegre, this city offers spectacular beaches filled with beautiful people.

Foz Do Iguaçu
Near Curitiba, Iguazu Falls National Park houses one of the most spectacular waterfalls on Earth.

A city is near Brasilia with a "cowboy" ambiance that is worth a look. 

Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre is fairly different from the other state capitals in Brazil. Founded in 1742 by immigrants from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul was also the destination of thousands of immigrants from Portugal, Italy, Germany and Poland. The Gauchos, as people from the Rio Grance do Sul region are called, share several cultural traits with their neighbors in Argentina and Uruguay, from the folklore and music to the habit of drinking chimarrão, otherwise known as mate. Porto Alegre lies on the eastern bank of the Guaíba River, at the convergence of five other rivers, which together form the enormous Lagoa dos Patos. Its more than one million trees make it one of the greenest cities in Brazil, despite being the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the country.

Where to eat 
Atelier das Massas
Bah–Barra Shopping Sul
Schneider Churrascaria 
Na Brasa Churrascaria 
Vilaro Parrilla Lounge 
Constantino Café 

Where to drink
Pizzaria Bazkaria
Things to see
Mercado Público
Lago Guaiba
Parque Redenção
Jardines Botánicos
Estádio Beira-Rio

Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco in the north-east of Brazil and the center of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area; a conurbation of another 13 cities, including Olinda, which has 3.7 million residents. Among the impressive beaches that surround the regional capital are Boa Viagem and Porto de Galinhas, which located about 47 miles from Recife. Due in large part to a historic Dutch presence, the region houses a number of important historical symbols and sites including the Orange Fort and the city of Olinda itself, which was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982. During carnival, the rhythms of frevo and maracatu completely take over Pernambuco and Recife, as people pour into the streets for parades such as the Galo de Madrugada or Morning Rooster parade. 

Where to eat 
Barchef  Mercado Gourmet 
Spettus Boa Viagem
Oficina do Sabor en Olinda

Where to drink
Entre Amigos 
Entre Amigos Praia
Ilha dos Navegantes
Things to see
Marco Zero 
Praia Boa Viagem
Porto de Galinhas

Amazon Arena Stadium
Danilo Borges/Portal da Copa
Río de Janeiro
Rio remains Brazil's most popular tourist destination and cultural hotspot. Its incomparable natural beauty, rich history, and the Cariocas' contagious hearty and carefree style have all contributed to making the city known and loved across the globe. The highlights of the Rio's cultural calendar include the New Year's Eve celebrations and the world-famous carnival. Rio continues to be a city with a striking colonial architecture recalling a bygone era and imposing modern buildings foreshadowing its bright future. The two most iconic sights are the Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which sits atop the Corcovado Mountain.

Where to eat
Gero en Ipanema
Aconchego Carioca en Praça da Bandeira 
Forneria São Sebastião 

Where to drink
Rota 66 
Academia da Cachaça
Rio Scenarium

Things to see
Praia de Ipanema
Estádio Maracanã
Cristo Redentor 
Pão de Açúcar