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Southeast Region Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Southeast Region hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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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: 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 vacation to Southeast Region?

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

  • Sao Paulo (GRU-Guarulhos - Governor Andre Franco Montoro Intl.): 2,954 international flights per month.
  • Rio de Janeiro (GIG-Galeao - Antonio Carlos Jobim Intl.): 994 international flights per month.
  • Campinas (VCP-Viracopos - Campinas Intl.): 194 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation 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 vacation 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 organize 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 vacation 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 vacation 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.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


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Hotel Atlântico Prime $18
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.

    Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro $118
    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 ...

      Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo $100
      Reviewed on Mar 22, 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 $64
        Reviewed on May 14, 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 $97
          Reviewed on May 14, 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 $33
            Reviewed on Jan 1, 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 $27
              Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019
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              Ibis Osasco

              Ibis Osasco

              Avenida dos Autonomistas Dos 2435, Osasco, Sao Paulo
                 
                4.1 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was not what expected.

                Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro $64
                Reviewed on Mar 21, 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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