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Page 1 2 3 Introduction to the Brazil Hotel Industry Brazil Tourism / Hotel Industry S.W.O.T Analysis Brazil State Tourism / Hotel Industry Briefs Rio de Janeiro State Tourism / Hotel Industry Espírito Santo State Tourism / Hotel Industry Minas Gerais State Tourism / Hotel Industry São Paulo State Tourism / Hotel Industry Paraná State Tourism / Hotel Industry Santa Catarina State Tourism / Hotel Industry Rio Grande do Sul State Tourism / Hotel Industry Distrito Federal State Tourism / Hotel Industry Goiás State Tourism / Hotel Industry Matto Grosso State Tourism / Hotel Industry Matto Grosso do Sul State Tourism / Hotel Industry Pernambuco State Tourism / Hotel Industry Ceará State Tourism / Hotel Industry 4 6 13 13 16 17 18 21 21 22 23 23 25 25 29 31

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Brazil Hotel Industry Investment Guide

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Page Sergipe State Tourism / Hotel Industry Alagoas State Tourism / Hotel Industry Paraíba State Tourism / Hotel Industry Rio Grande do Norte State Tourism / Hotel Industry Piauí State Tourism / Hotel Industry Maranhão State Tourism / Hotel Industry Amazonas State Tourism / Hotel Industry Pará State Tourism / Hotel Industry Tocantins State Tourism / Hotel Industry Amapá State Tourism / Hotel Industry Roraima State Tourism / Hotel Industry Rondônia State Tourism / Hotel Industry Acre State Tourism / Hotel Industry 32 33 34 35 37 38 39 41 42 43 43 44 45

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1. Introduction to the Brazil Hotel Industry
As currently the 35th most popular global tourist destination, Brazil possesses long stretches of coastline, rainforests, wetlands, diverse biodiversities, adventure, lively cities, carnivals, warm climate and rich cultural traditions (including many of the worlds UNESCO heritage sites) – complemented by an ever-increasing amount of business travellers visiting the country. According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Brazil is fourth most visited country in the Americas (after the United States, Mexico and Canada) and the highest in South America. According to the Instituto Brasileiro de Turismo (Embratur), the revenue generated by tourism in 2008 was over 17% higher than in 2007 (which was previously the best year ever recorded) – although this decreased slightly in 2009. The hotel industry has subsequently grown in line with the domestic and international tourist sector and, relatively speaking, was able to ride out the effects of the global economic downturn. For the future, the overall expectation remains positive particularly with the arrival high profile events such as the World Cup 2014 and the Olympics 2016. As of today, some $US 310 has already been invested in the World Cup hosting cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo (with further significant infrastructural programmes in place). It was also recently announced that some R$ 1 billion has also been earmarked to be offered as low interest loans to the hotel industry in the build up to 2014 (see below). According to Marcelo Pedroso of Embratur: “the World Cup host cities will not only gain visibility with the tournament, but will also enable us to take advantage of the event to diversify the destination options in the country.” Another encouraging fact, directly related to the hotel industry, is that between 2002 and 2009 the number of international guests boarding cruise liners has increased by 623 percent with major companies including Royal Caribbean, P&O, and Princess Cruises all formulating expansion plans in the country. The ever-apparent economic success of Brazil has resulted in an increasing amount of business tourists visiting the country; exports, for example, are accounting for 25-30% of Brazil’s national income, up from 15-20% in the 1990s. The current cities in receipt of the most commercially based visits are (in order): São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Campinas (in São Paulo state), Brasília, Foz de Iguaçu, Salvador and Florianópolis (according to Embratur 2009 Anúario Estatístico, Volume 36). In addition, the development and expansion of convention centres throughout the country is exemplifying the increased interest of the hotel industry to expand its operations in nearby cities. According to the International Congress and Convention Associations (ICCA), in 2009 Brazil was seventh place in the world for the most amount of commercially-related events held in the globe (after the USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and France). Examples of some of the larger centres include the Anhembi (São Paulo, 400,000m²); the Pernambuco Convention Centre (75,000m²); the Rio Centre Convention Centre (Rio de Janeiro, 17,466m²) and the WTC Nações Unidas (São Paulo, 10,000 m² spread over four floors).

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stating “very positive performance” throughout 2009 and into 2010. the Tiwa Amazonas Eco Resort (the Amazon). Mato Grosso do Sul). Minas Gerais).000 rooms to their existing portfolio throughout the country (representing an expansion of 25 units with an investment of $US 270 million). the Mata Atlantic and the Amazon. the Salinas do Maragogi Resort (Alagoas). the Amazonat Jungle Lodge (the Amazon). Mention is also worth being made of the growth of eco-tourism and responsible vacationing – an industry prompted by a growing concern of travellers wanting to visit Brazil’s areas of outstanding natural beauty whilst still respecting its wide and varied ecosystems and biodiversity. Another major factor of influence in the market place is the presence of an increasing amount of competitivity in the domestic airline industry (over 52 million internal flights were taken in 2009). There are now many hotels and pousadas (Brazilian guest houses) which have active instilled conservation measures in their operation whilst still remaining profitable and self sustaining. Novotel. essentially caused by the increased presence of low-cost air travel competition. Mercure. economic and sustainable construction (such as more effective waste disposal mechanisms). the Itacaré (Bahia). the company has grown to become the joint largest airline in Brazil but has the competitive advantage due to offering a range of international flights (the company is traded on the Bovespa stock exchange). the company remains one of the largest in control of the Brazil skies with 40. many regions are federally protected and any development that occurs within them is subject to strict regulations and legal restrictions. Brazilian air travel is no longer a luxury which. the Juma Lodge (Manaus). more hotels are adhering to Green Standards. as a result of the increasing important of environmental protection.Examples of some significant strides that the hospitality sector has made include the announcement by French group Accor (with brands including Sofitel. The main companies in current operation are highlighted below: Gol Transportes Aéreos – whilst witnessing a slight drop in passenger numbers in recent years. Ibis and Formule 1) of the addition over 5. Please click here to see our interview with three of the major hotel chains of Brazil. Chieko Aoki. The Blue Tree Group have announced their expansion into the north and mid-west of the country with the CEO. Some of the country’s award winning examples for investors to refer to include the Do Lado De La Eco Lodge (Aiuruoca. In Brazil’s cities. the Fazendo Barranco Alto Eco-Lodge (the Pantanal. is boosting the ability of residents and visitors to the country to explore the huge region. As at May 2010. it claimed a 40. The InterContinental Hotels Group have announced expansion plans with the current development of six Holiday Inn complexes in Manaus. The 2009 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) – which analyses a country’s competitive advantage and business development potential – saw Brazil remain in 49th place for the second year in a row. The group also says that there are another 34 units in advanced negotiation with its institutional investors for future construction plans. the TTCI analyses points to its main lagging factors as being poor ICT (information and communications) infrastructure and transport links as well as expressing concerns as to the country’s security and safety issues. In areas such as the Pantanal. Belem.18 percent market share as at May 2010 (the company is traded on the New York and São Paulo stock exchanges). in turn. the Atlantica group has 27 hotels under construction and scheduled to open over prior to 2012 and there are several major refurbishments and re-openings such as the the Hotel Cataratas in Iguaçu. TAM Airlines – established in 1961. Whilst it remained in a strong position with regards to its natural resources (3rd in the globe) and its cultural and human development indices (6th in the globe).18 percent share of the Brazilian 5 . Maceio and Cuiaba (with a further 31 in the pipeline). Once dominated by a handful of companies. São Luis.

an ever rising middle class fuelled by decreasing unemployment. established in 2005.24 percent as at May 2010 (a statistic that looks set to increase). International arrivals rose from 4. Ample Options for the Leisure Tourist: As one of the largest countries in the world. wind and hydro-electric industries. huge petroleum discoveries which – although likey to be a slow process – will excel the country into an oil superpower. 6 .1 billion whilst employing approximately 1. higher ratings in the eye of the international credit agencies (including Moody’s. a largely warm climate.2 million in 2008 and are forecasted to increase to 9. vast reserves of freshwater and bio-diverse rainforests. Brazil Tourism / Hotel Industry S. social and housing programmes which are lifting millions out of poverty. for a long time. The country has. Back to Contents 2. lowly leveraged debt markets. sound macro-economic management and several other factors that will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the growth of the hotel industry. the company’s growth strategy has been to offer well priced travel.T Analysis Strengths A Booming Economy: Brazil’s prospects from an economic standpoint are looking very promising – examples of which include a stable currency that has. for a long time.W. Azul Brazilian Airlines – established in December 2008. been unpegged to the US dollar. Infastructural Investment: the infrastructural programmes that have been initiated in response to the World Cup 2014 and the Olympics 2016 will certainly make a difference to Brazils growing presence as a modern country. with an estimated market share of 6. leading bio energy.7 million in 2001 to 7. Fitch and Standards & Poor). Road construction plans are also intended – particularly in the highly congested cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (where car sales have been increasing without the implementation of adequate support structures thus far).O. Many of Brazil’s larger cities are due for bus lane improvements and improved access for heavy goods vehicles. The country has the sixth largest number of world heritage sites of the 130 countries evaluated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as well as 7. having one of the highest international reserves in the world today. an abundance of natural resources.9 million people). the number of domestic and international tourists using Brazilian airports continues to rise.market place. Brazil offers a wide range of options for the traveller. increased trade and competitiveness (gaining ground against the global world leaders). increasing disposible incomes and a greater puchasing power. a well-regulated banking system that was able to withstand the effects of the global economic dowturns.93 percent market share in May 2010. a result of which has seen it controlling a 5.2 million+ by 2014.490 miles of coastline. been the first destination of visitors to South America (second in Latin America after Mexico) and tourism is an ever-growing contributor to the country’s GDP (some 53 million travelled through the country in 2009 and direct revenues from tourists were estimated by Embratur at US$ 22. As can be seen from the graph on the next page. WebJet Linhas Aéreas – a low cost budget airline company.

particularly aimed at the lower-income sector and long term fiscal reforms. improved water and light access for poorer 7 .9 billion reais. with an initial budget of R$ 958. measures to encourage credit and financing. Initiated in January 2007.Since 2004. Natal (Rio Grande do Norte) and João Pessoa (Paraíba) airports are under construction. Maceió (in the state of Alagoas). in the Center West region. Brasília (Federal District) has witnessed significant developments in recent years and now has over seven million passengers per year. tax relief. the first stage of the programme (whilst slow in its implementation) was laid out on five premises: infrastructural measures largely focused around energy.000 foreigners to the country and an increase of annual GDP to R$ 47. Mention should also be made of the government sponsored Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (Growth Acceleration Programme). In July 2010. Minha Vida (‘My House. housing and sanitation. the Rio de Janeiro Galeão will be extended to have a capacity of 25 million international passengers annually and all of the other airports that will host World Cup 2014 soccer games will be in receipt of investment for further structural growth. federal and municipal investment. the second stage was launched in March 2010. a number of significant airport building and expansion plans have been underway. improved environmental regulatory frameworks to further develop sustainable industry. To outline: in the northeast. the Minha Casa. in the north. transportation. PAC-2’s allocation is earmarked for further investment in improving Brazilian cities. Macapá (Amapá) and Porto Velho (Rondônia) are in the process of being constructed. in the southeast region. Despite incompletion of the part 1 (PAC-1). work was commenced on a high speed rail line between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (estimated to be at a cost of R$ 36. Funded via a mix of private. state. community citizenship.8 billion for use between 2011 and 2014. My Life’) housing programme. new airports in Manaus (Amazonas). the Guarulhos International (São Paulo) also looks set for expansion and extensive improvements. The World Cup 2014’s effect is expected to be large with an expectation of 600. a new terminal at Vitória Airport (Espírito Santo) is under construction.4 billion) which will complemented further extensions of the relatively modern subway lines in both cities (with a completion date aimed for 2016).

SACN and the Cairns Group (and is likely to gain seats at the OECD. on average 218 days to create a company in Brazil compared to the world average of 35). Property rights. Indeed. not just Brazil. rising flying costs and a stronger currency. Legal Hurdles / Bureaucracy: the country is well recognised by business leaders as having complicated processes and procedures which remain fundamental barriers to engaging in economic activity: Brazil ranked 129th out of 183 countries in the World Bank’s 2010 ‘Doing Business’ report. its the overall future effects of the programme on the economic growth of the country cannot be underestimated. whilst pointing to increased freedom in the ability to start. the G8+5. 8 . operate and close a business. India and China) in the form various favourable trade agreements and regular meetings to discuss collective growth strategies. financial and monetary freedom were reportedly above the global average but the country received lower ratings for its fiscal and labor freedom analyses as well as its ability to move away from corruption. Weaknesses Geography: Brazil lies distant from many developed economies making visiting the country an unfeasible option for those with limited budgets. travelling to Brazil has become less within the means of many people as a result of economising and cutting back on luxuries.communities and further developing the country’s energy matrix. The 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. the G20. Political Stability: whilst issues such as corruption (see below) have rocked domestic politics in the last decade (see below). Whilst some international commentators have accused the government of overly ‘pushing its weight’ – particularly with regards to its controversial relationships with Iran and Venezuela as well as reconstruction donations to Iraq – such landmark events are particularly important to note with regards to the future of the nation. The country is a member of a number of world organisations including Mercosul. Brazil’s role on the global stage has has made significant steps forward – in the last 5 years over 300 additional diplomats have been bought into the government (with the same amount to be expected over the next 4 years). stated that Brazil’s strict regulatory environment is impeding further growth (it takes. the after effects of the global downturn will certainly take some time to settle and will effect tourism across the world. OPEC and the UN Security Council in the near future) and it has continued to reinforce its ties with its fellow BRIC nations (Russia. Whilst criticised by opposition party members as being created for political gain. Below are some examples of current average flight times between some major cities of the globe and those of Brazil: London New York Los Angeles Buenos Aires Hong Kong Mumbai Moscow Dubai Sydney Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Recife Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Recife São Paulo 11 hours and 30 minutes 9 hours and 30 minutes 12 hours and 20 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes 22 hours and 30 minutes 16 hours and 40 minutes 14 hours and 39 minutes 12 hours and 55 minutes 16 hours and 40 minutes Global Economic Downturn: with global market instability.

due to budgeting delays. 9 . Opportunities Market Growth: the Brazilian hotel market has presented some interesting growth patterns in recent years well worth noting. Interestingly. the average occupancy rate for hotels and resorts in Brazil began with a path of growth only to slightly decrease with the effects of the global economic climate on the marketplace. as the second graph demonstrates. concerns remain as to the country’s practical ability on the ground level to keep up with its surging growth. whilst witnessing slight growth. the government-run airports authority. The railway network is also very small in relation to the size of the country and residents also continually criticise the slow pace of transport infrastructural improvements that are announced. As can be seen in the first graph below. the average room cost began to decrease in 2003 and. has not reached such high levels since: industry experts reason that this was due to a heavy increased in supply in that period as well as the effects of the global downturn further on.Infrastructural Problems: conversely to what was stated above. The Copa 2014 site reported in May 2010 that work on nine of the 13 airports due for renovation had been temporarily postponed by Infraero. One of example is the country’s transport infrastructure: the highway system remains of poor quality and traffic congestion remains a problem in many of the bigger cities.

whilst international tourism is an important factor on the growth of the industry and events such as the World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016 will help increase tourism statistics. experienced hoteliers should only consider construction after extensive due dilgence and competitive analysis has been undertaken (as at 2010. many of Brazil’s cities still continue to have an issue of an oversupply of condo-hotels which is causing new construction feasibility issues. they will be probably be need of refurbishment and modernisation in order for them to be repositioned in the market place (support in the form of low interest loans by national banks is being offered which hoteliers may be interested in exploring. hoteliers need to ensure that the sustainability of their businesses is maintained. condo-hotels and hotel companies).According to Diogo Canteras. However. He also states the growing importance of neighbouring South American countries – mainly Argentina and Paraguay – and the need to maintain client focus for travellers from these important regions. medium and long term business planning. the predictive graph for the São Paulo region below produced by the FGV sees demand and supply correlating in the next few years: According to Canteras. 10 . Canteras also stresses the importance of focusing on the Brazilian market as well as remembering that. He concludes by outlining two potential hotel industry investment options: the aquisition of hospitality assets in cities that have been affected by over-supply (hotels. out of every 10 projects analysed by HGV. He points out that this should be a change that will be witnessed in the majority of Brazilian cities but due care attention will need be made with regards to market due diligence combined with short. the managing director for HVS in Brazil and professor of hotel development at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). see below). since 2006 excellent returns have been via the purchase of existing hotel properties in need of refurbishment and the construction of new hotels looks likely to become viable within the next few years as the average room rate reaches a level in line to the oversupply. 7 are being considered as unviable in the current market place).

Armando Mariante. potential applicants should be warned that the process is far from simple and detailed due diligence will be undertake on any proposed project. being a country of varied terrain and environmental climates. Furthermore. its aim is to “encourage the sector to boost the volume and the quality of services offered whilst also improving the environmental efficiency and sustainability of Brazil’s hotel industry. in the words of the Vice President of the BNDES. Brazil is in a fortunate position to not be close to any tectonic plates and not majorly susceptible to earth tremors (although the last recorded tremor was reported in 1986 just outside of Natal) nor major hurricane zones. modernization and expansion. the Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios (a national household sampling survey) and the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (a governmental statistical agency) demonstrated that there are clear signs that poverty will effect just 4 percent of the entire population by 2016 (the statistic was at 10. It is an unfortunate fact that the majority of people affected by such events tend to be the poorer sections of society. The maximum term of loan for uncertified projects is 8 years for reforms.807 increased by 31 percent between 2003 and 2008). the Minha Casa. the terms of these loans are clearly advantageous with interest rates ranging between 6. More information can be found by clicking here (it is in Portuguese – for any assitance with translation or in general with regards to this programme please feel free to contact us at info@brazilinvestmentguide. The assigned budget was set at R$ 1 billion and.7 percent for the population aged 15-19 to 30 percent for those between 65-69 pointing to dynamics looking set to change over time).9 to 8. rising middle classes (the amount of people with an income between R$ 1. However. Minha Vida (My House. Threats Natural disasters: despite its larger size in relation to other south American countries. similar floods that effected the Santa Catarina region in 2009.” For Brazilian hoteliers.5 percent in 2008). forest fires that effected the Amazon area in 1998 as well as droughts and severe water shortages in the north of the country (although the effects of these have been mitigated due to the construction of dams and the close location of many of the north eastern major cities to the Atlantic ocean). the Zero Fome initiative (‘Zero Hunger’.com). terms can be further extended for up to 10 years for modernisation and 15 years for new hotels. the Bolsa Família (‘Family Grant’). the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) and the Ministry if Tourism launched the ProCopa Turismo: a programme aimed at assisting and financing the reform and construction of new hotels in time for the World Cup of 2014. My Life) housing programme.8 percent depending on the size of the organisation. Pernambuco and Alagoas states in 2010.Government Sponsored Initiatives: In February 2010. Poverty: a commonly perceived problem of Brazilian society. particularly from outsiders. Repayment deadlines of up to 12 years are offered for modernisation / refurbishment hotel development plans and 18 years for new construction. improving education (World Bank data demonstrated that illiteracy ranges from 2. the country has been susceptible to some devastating events – recent examples include the mudslides and floods during the wet seasons in Rio de Janeiro. the amount of Brazilians living on under a dollar a day decreased by 17 percent between 2005 and 2009 and looks set to continue to do so). However.115 and 4. whilst it is still clear that poverty remains a problem throughout the country. a number of steps have been taken to alleviate its effects with visible results – namely rises in the minimum wage (which has risen from R$ 100 in 1995 to R$ 465 in 2010). and 10 years for new construction. if energy efficiency documentation is presented. A July 2010 collaborative study between the Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (an applied economics governmental department). Whilst considered a welcomed incentive by hoteliers across the country. 11 .

In March 2010. particularly when innocent civilians are involved in the cross-fire (it is a well known fact that the drug trade in many of Brazil’s cities is more of a question of control as opposed to economic viability). Rio de Janeiro registered its lowest homicide statistic in 18 years – a statistic that has since continued to decrease as a result of pacification programmes being undertaken in the city’s favelas (slum communities) as well as an increasing amount of cooperation amongst gang leaders. that continues to decrease. official statistics have pointed to declining numbers: in 2008. Violence and the Drug Trade: another issue that remains a concern for both investors and business owners. when a major gun fire battle started between rival gangs in the north of Rio de Janeiro – fuelling debate as to whether Brazil was truly capable to offer an adequate amount of security to host the event. Nevertheless. In São Paulo. by 2009 the number of homicides had decreased to 10 per 100.000 – down from 35.7 in 1999. One particular example of this was seen shortly after the announcement of the Olympic Games in 2009. Hoteliers will therefore need to note the importance of factoring in these rising costs and other inflationary pressure into their projections. 12 . Construction Costs: as the graph demonstrating the average construction cost per metre square below shows. state heads throughout the country are reporting lower crime levels due to the fact that the issue is inextricably linked to poverty – an issue.Crime. as mentioned above. an unprecedented event occurred with a collective meeting of three of the heads of the major favelas of Rio met to discuss violence control strategies. The government have also been seen taking definitive steps to reduce corruption amongst police officials and military interveners (a problem that has served to encourage crime and violence). On a national level. the cost of building materials and labour has increased along with the growth real estate and land market.

who was caught handing bags of money to his legislator allies. These are complemented by a range of mid-range options as well as youth hostels spread across the city. has long been viewed as a ‘must-see’ destination of the world. Its main attractions are its wide beaches – including the famous Copacabana and Ipanema as well as Leblon (home of the highest valued land and real estate in Latin America). What made this case particularly notable was the fact that that upon exposure of Arruda’s behaviour. Back to Contents 3.” In late 2009. cultural problem of a certain backwardness which is very hard to overcome but there is also increasing public demand for transparency and respect for the electorate. the Othon. The city has been allocated a significant amount of infrastuctural development as a result of hosting several games of the World Cup 2014 (including the final at the Maracanã stadium) as well as the Olympics 2016 (see above). as well as being the second largest recipient. boutique-sytle pousadas and youth hostels located in the traditional and culturally rich area of Lapa. The city centre has a number of choices (which largely cater to business visitors) and there are a growing amount of 3/4 star hotels. President Lula signed a bill encouraging members of the public to report acts of corruption whilst. According to Jorge Gerdau. Understandably. In business and commerce. avoidance of greed and abuse of power are emerging. one of Brazil’s largest steelmakers: “There is a historical. such as the Christ Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). which are largely located towards the beach areas of the south zone (Zona Sul). The most recent example was that of Federal District governor. the hotel and tour industry is considered as one of the most advanced in the country and Latin America. José Roberto Arruda (pictured to the right). Brazil State Tourism / Hotel Industry Briefs Rio de Janeiro State Rio de Janeiro City: as the Brazilian city with the largest amount of year round tourists. the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). the news was widely broadcasted throughout the country and the politician was publically arrested and placed in custody: an unprecedented event in Brazil’s history.one particularly successful organisation is the Pacto Empresarial pela Integridade e Contra a Corrupção (the Business Pact for Integrity and Anti-Corruption) which has most of Brazil´s major companies as members. its large Botanical Gardens and the Tijuca Forest (the largest urban forest in the world) to name a few. Flamengo. offering support and protection for those that do. the Marriott. Botofogo and Barra de Tijuca – several well known landmarks. the Sofitel and the InterContinental). Rio its often the first point of call for people visiting Brazil and. 13 . Several Brazilian commentators and industry leaders also debate that modern day principles of decency.Corruption: a 2010 study by German NGO ‘Transparency International’ pointed to Brazil leading ahead of its BRIC counterparts in terms of the amount of unethical government practices occurring. most of the major 5 star hotel chains have a hotel in the city (including the Sheraton. chairman of Grupo Gerdau. there are more companies wishing to decrease the level of corruption . at the same time.

the area is a well known starting point for tourists visiting its 365 islands with chartered boats running on a regular basis. Agula do Diablo and the Nariz do Frade). Towards the outskirts and heading towards the Serrana are a number of well run country pousadas as well the Fazenda Rosa dos Ventos farmstay which has excellent reviews. visit the waterfalls and view the 250 species of birds. Petrópolis: located 65km from Rio de Janeiro city. Paraty: another popular visting area due to its proximity to the city of Rio de Janeiro. the Castel Plaza. Similarly. Teresópolis: located in the mountainous region of the Serrana. Visconde de Mauá has a number of excellent pousadas such as the Jardim das Águas. 14 . particularly during the summer months (the most famous island being the Ilha Grande). Hotel options are largely in the mid to lower-mid range including the Casablanca. forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos and the imperial history museum (housed in the Palace of the second Brazilian emperor). the Riverside Park and the Bragança Palace as well as a range of pousadas. Hotel options in Resende itself include include the mid-range the River Park. Angra Inn and do Frade (which has an attached golf course) as well as the Melia Angra Marina & Convention Resort (AquaFun Turismo Náutico). The park is circled by an ecological protection area and development of any sort is highly restricted. pristine beaches and hidden waterfalls. the Pousada Pardieiro (with a large garden visited by monkeys) and the Santa Clara (located just outside Paraty and offers both the benefit of being surrounded by the Atlantic Forest and having a spectular view of the ocean). the Scala and the Cegil as well as number of well run pousadas. two good examples of well run pousada operations in Penedo are the Sitio Serana and the Vale de Avalon. In the centre are a number of mid-range hotels and pousadas including the Canton. Accommodation options range from the 4 star Hotel Blue Tree Park. Resende: the areas’ main known tourist destination is the Itatiaia National Park (Parque Nacional do Itatiaia). the Araucárias and the Framboesas. Pedra do Açu. pousadas and cottages (often a place for tourists to unwind after visiting the national park). it is very popular for trekkers. the area is a popular weekend getaway and summer holiday destination known for its pleasant climate. Pedra do Sino. Visitors come to trek the Matiqueria mountain range. Resende also has two quaint villages – Visconde de Mauá and Penedo – which have several restaurants.Angra dos Reis: whilst also known as home of two of the largest nuclear plants in Brazil (and a third being built). a number of of pousada options and youth hostels. its colonial town centre. rock climbers and extreme sports people attracted to its high peaks (including the Dedo de Deus. Large scale hotel development has been restricted due to the want to preserve the unique nature of the area – with a number of well run small-scale hostels and pousadas including the Pousada Arte Urquijo (a small hotel and art gallery housed in a 17th century manor). the Center and the Philipp. which lies to the north of the municipality and is the oldest national park in Brazil.

namely: Praia do Forte. the Nossa Senhora da Guia chapel. A range of accommodation options are available including boutique hotels and high-end pousadas (generally located closer to the Rua das Pedras) as well as a variety of more mid-range options and a handful of youth hostels. Points of interest are the cliffs offering excellent views of the coastline. Another area that is said to be underdeveloped considering its tourism opportunities with mainly seasonal pousadas serving visitors to the area (largely located along the main beaches of the Tartarugas and the Costa Azul). Praia das Dunas. it is this area where there are many elegant shops. the Praia da Armação. the city’s lake and the Nossa Senhora de Nazareth church. the Praia dos Ossos the Praia da Geribá and the Praia do João Fernandes (the latter two are the busiest in the region). the accommodation industry in the area is said to be notably underdeveloped and it is widely predicted that the area will to grow as a popular tourist destination. The region also has several 15 . the Praia dos Amores. There are a handful of mid range and pleasant hotels including the Maasai Beachfront. the Praia das Virgens. The region became popularised by film star Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s – whose statue remains in the central street Rua das Pedras (Street of Stones). Praia do Foguete. Considering its exquisite natural beauty. Macaé: a region that has been labelled as the new capital of Brazil’s petroleum industry. the Praia do Canto. Praia do Sudoeste. the area has long been visited by people from throughout the country and has recently entered the route of some of the world’s cruise liners (including the Royal Caribbean and the Latin American subsidiary of P&O). cafés and rustic restaurants. relaxed pace of life. Praia das Palmeiras and Praia de Unamar. Rio das Ostras: as well as witnessing huge population growth due to the employment opportunities offered in nearby Macaé and Campos dos Goyataces (location of the majority of Brazil’s new found oil discoveries). The city also hosts the second biggest carnival in the state after Rio de Janeiro. Praia do Peró. Praia São Bento. the Municipal Theatre as well as several bars and restaurants. The main attraction are its beaches including the Praia dos Manguinhos. Praia Forte and the Malibu Palace as well as a range of well-run pousadas located close to the beaches. Currently. ecological parks and mountain climbing opportunities. the region is also a rising popular tourist destination due to its attractive beaches. Cabo Frio: increasingly becoming known as a hidden gem by international tourists.Saquarema: one of the well known surfing areas of the state. the church of São Benedito. Praia do Siqueira. Its main attraction are the crystal clear watered beaches. Armação dos Búzios: a former quiet fishing village that has now become one of the most popular visiting areas of Rio de Janeiro state after the city itself and is regularly frequented by Rio’s high society. several competitions are held throughout the year and the city is also home of the national volleyball training centre. there are mainly mid range hotels in operation – including the Atlântico. Other points of interest are the Feliciano Sodré bridge. the Itaúna and the J Palace as well as a range of pousada options. resulting in an increasing amount of national and international business travellers.

As a result of these rises. Rio das Ostras. the Setiba nature reserve offers pristine and unspoiled beaches.tourist attractions such as the Itaúna archipelago. Other tourism points of interest include the Praça dos Namorados (Valentine’s Square). 16 . the historical downtown area as well as several cathedrals. The municipality also has several beaches (with the most picturesque being the Farol de São Tomé). islands. the Macaé river and the Jurubatiba lake. the Amazonas. Accommodation options range from the 4 star Comfort and Mercure hotels to more mid-range options as well as a number of beach side and centrally located pousadas. lakes (including the Cima and the Lagoa Limpa) as well several historic monuments. There are also several mid-range options and small-scale pousadas in the city. Close to the area is the 5 star Vilha Velha Hotel (which is considered the best in the state) and there are also a number of mid-range options as well as traditional pousadas. Vila Velha: one of the oldest municipalities in Espírito Santo and is now the largest in terms of population. the Hotur. particularly close to the city centre: namely the Sheraton (5 star). Hotel options in this area are largely mid-range. The main attraction for tourists here are the wide beaches and nightlife. Unlike Macaé. the Lorena and the Meaípe as well as a number of pousadas. a number of hotel chain operations have been keen to grow in the area. examples of which include the Fragata. which along side its neighbour. The region is also looking set for huge economic growth due to it proximity to the country’s major oil findings. As well as its beaches. caves and coves. ceramics and petroleum (another one of Brazil’s main hubs). its main industries are sugar (it has six of the seven factories in the state of Rio de Janeiro). the city has an influx of tourists during the summer months. tourists continue to be attracted to its variety of landscapes including hills. the increasingly growing petroleum industry has yet to attract the major hotel chains to the region – with options ranging from largely mid-range independent operations (such as the Antares. the Gaeta. the Mercure (4 star) the Comfort (4 star). Guarapari: located 47 kilometres from Espírito Santo. churches and monasteries. Temperatures rarely go under 19 degrees and reach highs of between 30-33 degrees in summer (November to March). Campos de Goytacazes: as having the third highest level of annual GDP in Rio de Janeiro state. are witnessing an increasing amount of tourists. mangroves. Back to Contents Espírito Santo State Vitória: as voted the fourth best capital in Brazil to live in by the United Nations in 1998. the Carolos Gomes Theatre. the Ibis (4 star) and the Blue Trees (4 star). Whilst its main coastal region has been criticised for being over developed. the Canaan and the Terrazzo) to small-scale pousadas. the city is located amongst an archipelago and connected by several rivers and bridges.

the Ouro Minas (5 star). excessive hotel development has been justifiably prevented and therefore what exists is a handful of small and well run hotels and pousadas including the Max Mazza. this former mining city holds several examples of Baroque architecture as well as spectacular panoramic views and hence attracts both national and international tourists. Mariana: the oldest city in the state of Minas Gerais that retains its traditional roots dating back to the 17th century including churches. São João del Rei: a growing town which has retained many of its 18th century features – its main attractions are its traditional architecture. the Clarion Lourdes (4 star) and the Ibis (4 star) to a number of mid-range options. dance. the city is is regularly visited for both leisure and business. The city is also known for its world class cuisine. the area is referred to as a ‘green city’ due to it being the only municipality in Espírito Santo that is surrounded by subtropical rainforest. Back to Contents Minas Gerais State Belo Horizonte: as having the third largest metropolitan region in Brazil. excellent nightlife and as having a lively arts scene (theatre. the Colina. As expected for such a small and traditional city. pousadas and youth hostels. The hotel industry in the region is very ecologically orientated and ranges in quality from the mid range Aroso Paço and Iperador to eco-resorts and pousadas including the Chez Domaine. namely: the Chacará. hotel options are wide and varied from the Othon Palace (5 star). 17 . museums and quiet pace of life. Its main attraction is the Pedra Azul national park (with mountains reaching up to 2. the Pampulha district where there are several examples of contemporary Brazilian architecture. museums and several music venues). the Mineirão soccer stadium and the Lourdes neighbourhood (close to downtown). the Praça de Liberdade (Liberty Square).Domingos Martins: located 60 kilometres west of Vitória. antique railway line network. accommodation options are in the form of cosy hotels (such as the Galeria) as well as some excellent pousadas. The main landmarks include the downtown municipal park (Américo Reneé Giannetti).000 metres) as well as several private nature reserves. As with Ouro Preto. the Profetas. Congonhas do Campo: another UNESCO world heritage site with several examples of Baroque sculpture and architecture. the Boroni Palace and the Fazenda Boa Vista (an eco-tourism resort). the Solar dos Correa and the Polyanna (a farmstay / eco-tourism resort). buildings and museums. the Colonial Cova do Daniel and the Freitas. the Eco da Floresta and the Pinhos Resort. Ouro Preto: voted as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Over development is restricted in the area and so there exists a number of small but very well run and traditional hotels and pousadas – examples of which include the Hotel Ouro Preto. As with all the larger cities in Brazil.

the Renaissance and the Tryp Higienópolis (Brazil’s only Hilton Hotel in the Morumbi business district and the Panamby near the Guarulhos International Airport is considered the only 5 star in the area). The Jequitinhonha river also runs to the east of the municipality. parks and overall multi-cultural feel of the city. Diamantina: another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Contents São Paulo State São Paulo City: the hotel industry in Brazil’s main economic hub is the largest in South America and looks set for further growth to support the needs of the increasing amount of domestic and international visitors. 3 and 4 star hotels are located throughout the city as are several youth hostels and apart-hotel complexes (often popular for business visitors and employees remaining for extended periods). Hotel options are largely upper-mid to lower range including the Fazenda Ramon. the orchid festival and the annual Brazilian hot air balloon gathering). examples of which include the Bragança and the Chalés de Minas. Accommodation options range from a number of pousadas (many of whom offer tours of the park) as well as a number of campsites grounds. São Sebastião: located on the east coast of the Ilhabela municipality. Caparaó National Park: bordering the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. this municipality is popular for ecotourists attracted to its waterfalls. the Diamante Palace and the Hotel Montanha de Minas as well as a range of excellently run and ecologically friendly pousadas. Hotels are mid-range but very well run with plenty of space. Hotels are largely mid-range including the Tijuco. several floods have occurred in a relatively short space of time (with the last one being in 2000). the region seems to bounce back and is nowadays a well known national event destination (including the national vintage car show. São Lourenço: investors should be aware that. this region is home to one of the highest peaks in Brazil: the Pico da Bandeira. world-class cuisine (some of which rarely exists in other parts of the country). the picturesque town is home to several examples of Baroque architecture and mountainous terrain: popular amongst trekkers and rock climbers. the Sul América and the Platino as well as a handful of pousadas. the Ponte Real and the Vereda as well as a range of well run and traditional pousadas. large cave system and the Mata Atlântica jungle. the Cachaça festival. the Radisson.Accommodation options are mid-range and small including the Solara. museums. whilst this region is well known for its natural beauty and excellent quality of water. Leisure tourists are also increasingly being attracted to the excellent nightlife. every day. including the Grand Hyatt. the Anjos and the Estrelas. The accommodation options are very ecologically friendly and include the Bosque dos Beija-Flores Ecological Sanctuary as well as a range of good quality pousadas including the Arco-Íris. The 5 star hotels are generally located in the city centre (in the vicinity of the Avenida Paulista and the Faria Lima). theatres. Caxambu: a small town which is most popularly known as having twelve sources of natural mineral water running all day. the region is very popular amongst 18 . the Beira Parque. São Thomé das Letras: a small town located in the south of the state. Nevertheless.

Portal da Olaria. its tropical climate. Brava. Indaiá and the Praiano (most are located along the 14 kilometre beach stretch). Boiçucanga. the Baraquecaba Praia and the Pris as well as a handful of nicely run pousadas. Cabras. Atlantico and Renaissance to a number of Brazilian independent mid-range options such as the Parque Balneário. Búzios and Pescadores as well as the islets of Castelhanos. Pitangueiras. Accomodation options range from the boutique Ilha de Toque Toque hotel to more mid-range options including the Juquehy Praia. hiking trails and waterfalls. wide green spaces and beaches attract tourists throughout the year as well as a regular flow of global visitors for business purposes (particularly being only 49 miles from São Paulo city). Guarujá: remains a popular weekend getaway for Paulistas due to being 3 hours away from the capital. the Maré Alta and the Maresias) and a several pousadas (including the Kyrios.Paulistas looking to get away from the city. Populations reach over 100. Enchovas. scuba diving opportunities. Grande Sanac and the Frontenac Boutique Hotel to the more economical Parque. Delphin and Casa Grande hotels as well as wide spread of mid-range options and pousadas. Santiago. Deserta. Lagoa and Serraria). The accommodation ranges from the 4 star Sofitel. campsites. Enseada. the Katmandu and the Encanto das Pedras). Feiticeira and Saco do Eustáquio). Many wealthy Paulistas own second homes in the area. Accommodation options range from the 5 star Itapemar and Masion Joly hotels to the more mid-range Porto Pacuiba and Mercedes as well as a range of pousadas. Arrastão.000 in the summer months attracted to the area’s 41 beaches (including Guanxuma. Camburi and Cigarras. mountain climbing / biking. Pontal da Cruz. Boiçucanga: a calm beach popular with Paulistas located close to São Sebastião which is served by small hotels (such as the Imbassaí. Santos: whilst more commonly known as one of the largest industrial municipalities of the state (the area has the biggest seaport in Latin America). Camburizinho. Maresias. Britânia and Astória as well as a range of well run pousadas and holiday lodges available for short-term let. Grande. Toque Toque Pequeno. Iporanga and Tombo. Several Paulistas have winter country houses in the region and its main attractions include outdoor activities (hiking. the region attracts tourists throughout the year due to its spectacular mountains. As to be expected from a large municipality that has important trade links. Jabaquara. Pitangueiras. 19 . Pequeá. horseback trekking). the Ciribaí Praia. The region has become heavily urbanised but still attracts visitors to its beaches including Pernambuco. Figueira. Campos do Jordão: despite its relatively cold climate by Brazilian standards. hotels range from the high end InterContinental. Its main attractions are its surrounding beaches – including Enseada. Accommodation options range from the luxury Orotour. holiday lodges and a youth hostel. Ilhabela: a municipality located amongst a group of islands situated 4 miles off the coast of São Paulo state that is named after its largest island (with the others being Vitória.

a Mercure.Campinas: often termed as Brazil’s Silicon Valley and home to one of the busiest airports in the country (the Viracopos). Sorocaba: another important industrial location of Latin America. sports centres. a Shelton Inn (4 star) and the Salto Grande (4 star).000 visitors annually. the Centro de Convivência theatre complex and the Lagoa do Taquaral park / urban lagoon. the Plaza Inn and the Stream Palace) as well as a range of pousadas. the Royal Palm and a Marriott. it is also a popular visiting spot for weekend getaway Paulistas and holidaymakers. Whilst not the most attractive part of the city. The area has excellent bars. Its main attraction is the Taboão lake as well as the natural beauty of its countryside. a Blue Tree Towers. 20 . metallurgy and steelmaking industries – with several 4 and 5 star hotels including the Shelton. a Novotel and the Caesar Business (which serves the 2 large pavilions where regular fairs and conventions are held). The area also has four shopping centres. Araçatuba: another important industrial hub of the country. the Transamerica and the Nacional. Barretos: located in the north of the state. The region is more popularly known for Brazil’s largest rodeo – the Festa do Peão de Boiadeiro – which attracts over 1. Hotels in operation in the area include the Novotel (4 star). this area attracts business tourists due to it being home to some of the country’s largest agribusiness firms (its soils are some of the most fertile in the metropolitan region of São Paulo) as well as high technology companies and several breweries. Bragança Paulista: as well as being an emerging commuter region due to its proximity to São Paulo city and Campinas. Accommodation ranges from the 4 star Comfort and Ibis to a number of more mid-range options (such as the Arco. the area is located amongst farmlands and forested hills. the UN placed the municipality within the top 25 cities of Brazil in terms of standard of living. particularly with regards to its developing cattle and other agricultural related interests. the Shelton Inn. the region is often visited by business travellers due to its leading role in the Brazilian mechanical engineering. The hotels in operation include the Quality (one of the fast growing chains in Brazil) as well as an Ibis (both 4 star).000. parks and a zoo (including the Curupira and Maurílio Biagi parks as well as the Luís Carlos botanical gardens). home to the city’s planetarium and science museum amongst others. There are several 4 and 5 star hotels that mainly serve both international and national business tourists including the San Michel Palace. restaurants and nightlife and is home to several hotels including the Comfort Atlantica (4 star). the Plaza (4 star) and the Bourbon Atibaia (4 star spa resort) as well as several pousadas and country cottage holiday homes. the area is regularly visited by business travellers and has several 5 star hotels including the Noumi Plaza. The area also has several gardens. Ribeirão Preto: often referred to as the ‘Paulista California’ due to its year long sunny weather. there are some areas that of appeal to tourists including the urban preserved wooded area of Bosque dos Jequitibás. Araraquara: an increasingly popular area for visitors to São Paulo to stay due to having one of the best sunsets the state has to offer as well as being recognised as one of the most relaxing parts of the city. São José dos Campos: as well as being recognised as having one of the most important industrial and research hubs in Latin America. bars and nightclubs. large green spaces as well many restaurants. an historic downtown.

Joaquina and Santinho) and lakes as well as its laid back pace of life and friendly atmosphere. seminars and congress events. commerce and the service sector) as well as southern Brazilians and Argentineans who visit for short breaks. There are several hotels (including the 5 star Sheraton. Several hotels are located on the island – including the Hotel Sofitel (5 star). German Woods. with a total of 33. hotels and tour operators exist in the region and the amount of visitors to the region continues to increase. the Wire Opera House. the Pestana (5 star). 21 . pousadas and holiday villas / apartments. Santa Catarina State Florianópolis: the city is most popularly known for its beaches (including Mole. the Plaza (3 star) and the Gandini (3 star). Japan Square. hotels in the area include the Palácio.998 hectares. the region has a wide range of infrastructure in place to house international meetings. include its Botanical gardens. Ingleses. the Mata Atlântica Park and the Camboa. Italian Woods. Several guesthouses. Its attractions. Back to Contents Paraná State Curitiba: voted as one of the greenest places to live in Brazil. the 4 star Iguaçu Grand Hotel and the 4 star Cataratas) as well as pousadas and youth hostels. Superagüi National Park: one of the highlights of the state. the park consists of four islands covered with tropical rainforest. The region also is a popular connecting point for people crossing the border into Argentina and vice versa. the Tingüi park and its many ecological city walks. its main industries are information technology.Itu: one of the oldest municipalities of São Paulo. pousadas. Hotel Ibis (4 star) and the Porto da Ilha (4 star) – as well as boutique lodges. Paranaguá: the region attracts tourists due to the fact that it offers some of the best weather in the region and business travellers due to its closeness to the largest port in the state. Some of the hotels in operation include the Mercure (4 star). Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls): the largest waterfall in Latin America continues to attract tourists annually. the Mercure (4 star). As well as several pousadas and ecological resorts. There are also an increasing amount of business travellers to the region (outside of tourism. Campeche. the city receives a solid flow of business and leisure travellers. Hotels in operation in the area include the Crowne Plaza (5 star). the Sheraton (5 star) and the Mercure (4 star).

The are several high end hotels within the area including the Sheraton (5 star). metallurgy. hill climbs and the Unipraias tourist complex. The largest hotel is the Plaza Itapema Resort and Spa (4 star) but there are a variety of smaller family run establishments and pousadas. there is an increasing amount of business travellers coming to the area as well as a steadily rising flow of tourists visiting to enjoy the city. software and electrical equipment all having prominence) hence the increasing amount of business travellers visiting the area. 22 . with the most popular (and longest) being the ‘Meia’. the Mercure (4 star) and the Plaza (4 star). the many parks. a zoo and several parks. several palaeontology museums and several areas to watch the very unique sunset. The main hotels are the Mercure (4 star) and the Ibis (4 star) but there are also several local operations and pousadas throughout the city. Joinville: the largest city in Santa Catarina that is continuing to attract more business travellers to its growing economy. Torres: a small city located on the coast that is popular for surfers (some of Brazil’s leading professionals are from the area) as well as being labelled as the country’s ‘home’ of hot air ballooning. museums. The main attractions are the Guaiba Lake. the main attractions are its beaches. Balneário Camboriú: another popular visiting area of the state for tourists (which is the regions primary industry). the Royal Atlantic and the Rieger (4 star) as well as pousadas and youth hostels. Blumenau: the area is continuing to grow industry wise (with textiles. the Public Market (in the centre). the Mario Quintana Culture House. the Guarita Park (3 star) and the São Paulo as well as several pousadas and beach houses available to rent. restaurants and nightlife options. The city also hosts the largest Brazilian dance festival which sees over 50. an arts centre as well as many bars. Its main attractions are the Royal Palace (built in the mid 19th century). Hotels in operation include the Ibis (4 star). Back to Contents Rio Grande do Sul State Porto Alegre: as having the fourth largest metropolitan area of Brazil and being an important economic centre of the Mercosul region (Rio Grande do Sul borders Argentina and Uruguay).000 people visit every July. the Quality (4 star) and the Everest (4 star). the Matrix Square. Itapema: the main attraction of the city are its beaches. the botanical gardens. information technology. There are over 100 hotels in operation including the Mercure (4 star). the Novotel (5 star). The city is very influenced by Italian and German culture and has an historical district. Tourism is the main industry in the region with some of the main hotels including the Dunas Praia (4 star). the city also hosts several events and business conferences throughout the year.

tour operators. The area is well known for its large parks. Canada in the global rank. Attractions include the hot springs of Nova Prata. ecotourism resorts and holiday homes available to rent throughout the region. hikers and mountain climbers/bikers due to its location amongst lagoons. Serra Gaúcha (the Gaucho Highlands): located in the northeast of the state. Back to Contents Goiás State Goiânia: a city that has been growing economically over the last few decades. the area does not offer many attractions and is mainly visited for business purposes (its main industries are based around metallurgy. Hotels in operation in the area include the Blue Tree (4 star). food / soft drink distribution and textiles). Taguatinga: recognised as the economic capital of the Distrito Federal and developed under an urban planning program funded by the Banco InterAmericano de Desenvolvimento. There are several hotels. Hotels in the area are mainly 3 to 4 stars including the Comfort Hotel.Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra (Aparados da Serra National Park): a mountain range that is popular with campers. pousadas and cottages serving the wide range of visitors to the area. There is also another hotel district with smaller establishments close to the shores of Lake Paranoá. the region attracts tourists interested in seeing examples of modern Brazilian architecture as well as the national park west of the city (which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO). the Atlântico and the Aastha. There are several hotels (no mainstream chains in operation). particularly with regards to its agriculture industry. car part production. restaurants and lively a nightlife. Goiânia has the largest green area per inhabitant in Brazil and is second to Edmonton. zoological gardens and abundance of sports fields and centres as well as several museums. Tryp Brasil 21‎ and the Meliá) and the Hotel North Zone (where another Mercure is located). farmstays. 23 . Back to Contents Distrito Federal State Brasília: the capital of the country has witnessed one of the fastest population growths in recent years and whilst mainly visited by business travellers (the headquarters of several of Brazil’s largest and nationally owned companies are located in the area). the picturesque towns and the grape fields of Rota da Uva e o Vinho. the Europa. pousadas. criticised by a UN-Habitat study which pointed to extreme inequality in the area (due to local the government prioritising the interests of the rich). the area is rich in German and Italian culture with the main industry serving the area being tourism. Salão de Chá. the Nobile Plaza. The city was. It is unlike any other city in Brazil in terms of the strict district planning that exists in the area – so much so that there are designated areas for hotels: Hotel South Zone (home to the Mercure. Hotel Maione (3 star) and the Kananxuê (3 star). bays and coastal forests. the Kingstown. however.

inland lodges. the Bougainville (3 stars) and several spa hotels (ranging between 3-4 stars) – as well as pousadas. The entire region is catered for the ever increasing amount of tourists including bars. farmstays. Caldas Novas: due to having one of the largest hydrothermal springs in the world. the wide area is classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of treeless savannah and a range of wildlife including the maned wolf. small scale manufacturing as well as furniture – many leisure visitors come to the area for its colonial architecture and waterfalls. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park: officially voted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The area has several hotels. holiday homes. small-scale hotel operations and pousadas. the area has kept much of its colonial heritage and was officially classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. There are many ecotourism resorts spread along the river as well as hotels. soybeans. pousadas. which have long been popular for tourists. king vultures and giant armadillos. pousadas and campsites catered to the increasing amount of tourists exploring the area. this municipality is officially the most popular visiting spot of the Goiás. The area is also closely located to the Serra Dourada mountains as well as waterfalls and white water rapids in its vicinity. Back to Contents 24 . farmstays and campsites. Araguaia River: one of the main rivers of the country (with a length of 2. Tourists level are reaching over 350. Tocantins and Pará. Goiás Velho: as the former capital of the state. A range of accommodation options are offered ranging from rustic pousadas and lodges to sophisticated hotels (such as the Cavaleiro dos Pireneus). its infamous ‘moon valley’ as well as its rare species of wildlife – including jaguars. the park consists of a 1. Pirenópolis: whilst having a growing economy based in agriculture (which industries include corn. coffee and citrus). maned wolves.000 during the summer season and there are over 80 hotels – including the Best Western (5 stars). Mato Grosso. Accommodation options include small family-led hotel operations. Emas National Park: also a meeting point of the Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul states. At low tide season (between May and October) wide sandy beaches appear. campsites and apartment blocks used for holiday letting. campsites and ecotourism resorts. Accommodation ranges from farmstays. lodges. the giant anteater and armadillos. pousadas.627 km) and runs through the states of Goiás. fun parks and nightclubs. restaurants.8 billion year old plateau and attracts visitors to it waterfalls (of which there are over 45). cattle and poultry farming.

farm stays. Meat production and fishing are the main economic generators of the region and it is the home of Brazil’s fishing festival which attracts tourists and competitors from throughout the country and Latin America. ranging from hotels – including the Odara (5 star). eco tourism resorts and campsites on offer. manioc. soy. Barra do Garças: a small city located 550 kilometres from the capital. spa and ecotourism resorts. food processing. Don Carlos and the Extremadura hotels as well as pousadas. Accommodation options range from hotels – including the Esplanada Palace (3 star). Its main attractions are its countless parks as well as squares. spa resorts and campsites. A range of accomodation options are offered. There is a wide range of hotels. pousadas. Hotel options range from the 3/4 star Ágora Cáceres. The area also has one of the largest military bases in Brazil and a thriving agriculture industry. Accommodation for visitors is largely in the form of pousadas. sugar cane to name a few) and improved connections to several parts of Brazil (in the form of roads. the Queimapé. it is known as a gateway to the area as it contains wide entrances to the region. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste. mountain biking and cliff jumping) but is also well catered for families. commerce and services) largely due to its proximity to several parts of the country. livestock. railways and the expansion of the international airport). the Serra Azul (3 star) and the Hotel São Paulo (3 star) – pousadas. holiday apartments. Tangará da Serra: an area to the west of Mato Grosso populated with waterfalls including the Salto das Nuvens. services. African and Indian influences as well as its museums. Visitors are also attracted to its rich local culture based on Portuguese. mountains and fresh water beaches. The city will also host some of the World Cup 2014 games and has an airport (the Marechal Rondon) that serves most of Brazil and some international destinations. the Inner City (4 star) and the Amazon Plaza (4 star) – to pousadas and youth hostels. the Paraíso and the Coquieral.Matto Grosso State Cuiabá: the capital city of the state. farm stays. city waterfalls and 25 . campsites and farmstays. popular as having the only other ‘Christ Redeemer’ statute overlooking the city in Brazil as well as hot springs. The area is well known amongst extreme sports enthusiasts (with activities including rafting. eco tourism resorts. country lodges. Chapada dos Guimarães: an area of steep cliffs popular with trekkers and rock climbers. and one of the most central points of the whole of South America that is bringing an increased amount of business tourism (with its largest industries being agriculture. but there are several tourist operations offering trips to visit indigenous tribes residing in the area (although this is not available at all times). rice. small hotels. Back to Contents Matto Grosso do Sul State Campo Grande: an ethnically rich city which is increasingly growing in economic importance due to its rising industries (including commerce. Cáceres: whilst not holding the greater part of the Pantanal (see below).

the Ibis (4 star). The local government has spent a huge deal on infrastructural development which has resulted in an increasing amount of hotels and tour operators in the area. campsites. Ponta Porã: located 350 kilometres from Campo Grande. lodges and backpacker hostels. There are a wide range of hotels spread across the city – including the Nacional Palace (5 stars). boat hotels and pousadas). farmstays and campsites. For these reasons. various forms of large scale agriculture and mining. crocodiles. Much concern has been raised as to the environmental preservation of the area – particularly in the light of global warming (deforestation). the Rio da Prata (Silver River). The floodplains have a huge and diverse ecosystem including 1000 bird species. Bonito: referred to as another very underrated and hidden gem of Brazil. 300 mammal species (including jaguars. pollution. There are several hotels – including the Novotel (4 star). alligators. Hotel Lincoln (4 stars) and the Nossa Senhora (3 stars) – as well as eco tourism lodges / resorts. giant otters.000 various species of invertebrates. The main attractions are the Aquário Natural (Natural Aquarium). As well as tourism. a wide range of accommodation continues and increases to serve the rising amount of tourists wanting to view one of the most naturally beautiful parts of Brazil (including eco-lodges. Corumbá: as the largest state in the capital and another well known entry point to the Pantanal. the Circuito Arvonism (a treetop adventure trek) and the Gruta do Lago Azul (the Blue Lake Cave). eagles. Accommodation options range from 3/4/5 star hotels – including the Bonito and the Zagaia Eco Resort – as well as pousadas. pousadas.lakes. It is an increasingly important economic 26 . the Excelcer (4 star) and the Brumado (3 star) as well as several well-run pousadas throughout the city. the area’s main feature are the crystal clear waters of its rivers (due to the huge quantity of limestone in the ground which serve to act as a natural filter). other industries in prominence in the area include animal husbandry. anteaters). Santa Catarina and Mato Grosso via the Federal Highway of Brazil. Nevertheless. the development of the region is being carefully observed by the private landowners and the local government. Paraná. 480 reptiles (including anacondas. exotic animal smuggling. The Pantanal: often referred to by Brazilians as being more spectacular than the Amazon. hunting. red-footed turtles and iguanas) and 9. the region is one of the only cities in Brazil that has two international airports. the area is the largest wetland in the world and lies mostly in the state of Matto Grosso do Sul but extends into Matto Grosso as well as parts of Paraguay and Bolivia. the city is well connected to São Paulo.

the Blue Tree (5 star) and the Ibis (4 star) – as well as a huge range pousadas. Back to Contents Bahia State Salvador: as well as having the wealthiest metropolitan area of the north east. The economic activities in operation are mainly based around the rich and fertile soils throughout the municipality (agricultural farming and livestock) but there are also prominent wood. the city is recognised as the central home of Brazilian culture and continues to attract visitors from throughout the world to its architecture. campsites and youth hostels – examples include the Pousada Aguapé. the Araras (a deep granite crack). Cachoeira: whilst having a thriving economy mainly based around sugar. ranch / farm stays. Hotel options include eco tourism resorts. Hotels in the region are relatively low in quality such the Barcelona (3 star). publishing. the area has been undergoing a tourism revival – largely due to its rich African influenced culture (there are several museums and historical tours available describing the slavery history of the region). cassava. the Porto do Sol Palace (3 star) and the Guarujá (3 star) – there are also several pousadas as well as ecotourism lodges and campsites located in the outskirts of the city. The main economic activity of the city are agricultural and livestock production of which much is transported to the rest of Brazil and neighbouring South American countries. trekking. Jardim: a city which is becoming increasingly popular for visitors to the Serra da Bodoquena national park. The area is served by a small range of 3/4 star hotels. photographic safaris and horseback riding are all popular activities). Coxim: the main economic generator of the region is tourism (but there are also healthy agricultural. Aquidauana also attracts tourists to its many rivers and globally unique scenary (fishing. Accommodation options range from hotels – including the Mercure (5 star). The historic town centre – Pelourinho – was classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and there are several beaches. a natural harbour and diverse terrain ranging from flat to mountains and rolling hills. Accommodation 27 . its caves and lagoons as well as its historical and cultural landmarks (such as monuments marking the significance and impact of the Paraguyan war). pousadas. Aquidauana: this region is located just 139 kilometres from the capital of the state and is also a popular gateway to the Patanal. rail and air (mainly via the Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport). Accommodation options include several 3/4 star hotels (such as the Novo Jardim and the Vitória). Fazenda Baía das Pedras. ecotourism resorts. pharmaceutical and veterinary product industries in the area. the Pousada Mangabal and the Recanto Barra Mansa. music. the region has a healthy business tourism industry complemented by a rising flow of leisure tourists. pousadas. the Rio de la Plata (a highly transparent river). the Pousada Pequi. the Fazenda Santa Cruz. eco tourism resorts (generally located on the outskirts) and youth hostels. art and cuisine.city – with major industries including yerba mate (a herb used to make a Latin American green tea). As the third most populated city after Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (and one of the central economic hubs of the north east). Salvador is well connected to the rest of Brazil via road. pousadas and campsites. cotton and tobacco. particularly during the summer months (its annual carnival celebrations are the second biggest in Brazil). ecotourism resorts. bricks and coal. non metallic minerals. The main tourism attractions are the streams. campsites and a youth hostel. cattle production. wood processing / furniture. livestock and fish farming industries in operation). Its main attractions are the regions abundance of rare fish as well as other wildlife and beautiful scenery. waterfalls and green settings throughout the city.

its historical downtown as well as the Arraial d’Ajuda district (home of many examples colonial buildings complemented by picturesque beaches) and Trancoso (an ethnically rich area with beaches and main square. the area continues to witness an increasing amount of visitors – particularly by young people. Ilhéus: considered another major city in the Bahian state. services and light manufacturing industries which are assisting to fuel its ever growing economy. bars and nightclubs. Chapada Diamantina National Park: formerly a huge diamond and gold exploration region. The main attractions are its beaches – including the São Miguel da Barra. pousadas and youth hostels. approximately 60 kilometres by sea from Salvador city – this very touristic region attracts national and international visitors enjoying its stunning beaches complemented by restaurants. walks and monuments in the town centre. the area brings a large number of hikers. the municipality’s economy thrives largely on tourism (although agricultural farming also plays an important role). eco tourism resorts and youth hostels throughout the city. agricultural produce. Dos Milionários. Do Norte. classified as a UNESCO heritage site). an increasing amount of tour operators are offering boat trips to the archipelago of 5 islands (which feature a variety of healthy vegetation and a huge range of lizards and birds) as well as for whale watching and scuba diving excursions. its lively nightlife. mountain climbers / bikers attracted to its wide plateau complemented by unique fauna and flora characteristic of this part of the country. Back to Contents Pernambuco 28 . Do Cristo. backpacker hostels. There are hotels (such as the 4 star Opaba and the Aldeia da Praia). A number of pousadas and youth hostels are located in the closest town (Lençóis). Attractions include its many beaches. Porto Seguro: up until the 1800s. Accommodation ranges from hotels – including the Shalimar (4 star) and the Estalagem (3 star) – to resorts.ranges from 3 star hotels to pousadas. Da Avenida and Da Concha – as well as the museums. the Monte Pascoal National Park. holiday apartments / houses and campsites. Accommodation options range from 3/4 star hotels to pousadas. Whilst a handful of small hotels and pousadas operate from the Bahian coast. pousadas. Morro de São Paulo: located on the Tinharé island. it is more common for day trips to be arranged from Porto Seguro. it was one of the busiest ports in the whole of Brazil but now serves as one of Bahia’s main tourist regions – particularly during the summer months. Whilst it has been criticised of losing some of its original charm over the years. The municipality also has active livestock rearing. many of which offer tours and camping trips into the park. Abrolhos Islands: whilst mainly recognised as the home of one of the largest marine biology research sites in Latin America.

milk. commerce. São Paulo and Salvador) and therefore attracting an increasing amount of business travellers. Itamaracá: its location. agricultural and livestock production (including corn. the Baixa Verde. The main attractions are its many beaches including the Rio Âmbar. handicrafts.Pernambuco State Recife: as well as being the fourth largest metropolitan region of Brazil (after Rio de Janeiro. logistics and furniture have long been prominent industries. the Best Western. pousadas. rail and domestic air flights (and is also witnessing increasing several large infrastructural improvements. beans. means that this region continues to be a popular visiting area (tourism is the main driver of the local economy. In terms of accommodation. low budget hotels and youth hostels. an eco tourism resort and a backpacker hostel. The city is well served to the whole of the country and internationally by road. there is a mix of hotels. although fish farming and agricultural produce have also become increasingly important). the Quatro Cantos. the Pilar. the São Paulo and the Enseada dos Golfinhos – all complemented by a range of restaurants and other tourist-orientated services. beach side lodges. it is a popular destination for many people visiting the north east. A range of accommodation options are presented from high end hotels – including the Mercure. manioc. the regions’ main drivers are textiles. the Mangue Seco and the Coroa do Avião. approximately 38 km from Recife. Olinda: recognised as one of the most well-preserved colonial areas of the north east (the downtown area is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site). the Park and the Monte – as well as a range of pousadas. Tourism also plays an increasingly important role to the municipalities with one of the main attractions being the clay art statues on the Alto do Moura (classified as the largest centre for figurative arts in the Americas by UNESCO) as well as being the home of the largest arts and handicrafts markets in Brazil. 29 . The main attractions are its beaches including the Gavoa (popular for water sports enthusiasts). goats. There are a range of small-scale hotels (such as the Hotel Gavoa and the Igarassu) as well as pousadas and campsites. chicken and cows). Accommodation is based around hotels – including the BR Palace (3 star) and the Hotel Central (3 star) – as well as a number of well-run pousadas. the city is located amongst a large network rivers and islands and is often referred to as the ´venice´of Brazil. The international airport (Gilberto Freyre / Guararapes) has regular flights to most Latin American countries as well as the USA and Europe. albeit at a slow pace). Igarassu: the area was one of the landing points of European settlers and is located close to Recife (32 kilometres north). Caruaru: a rising economic power in the state. Tourism plays the most important part of the city´s economy although transportation. The lack of presence of major hotel chains in the area is embraced by local residents and the main accommodation choice of visitors are the high quality pousadas that complement the traditional and ethnic feel of the area.

classified as an UNESCO World Heritage site of natural beauty. country lodges. the Ruben Van Der Linden and Euclides Dourado parks as well as a music festival (held every July). the region contains an abundance of caves. The main accommodation options in the area are small scale hotels. The highlights of the area are its beaches. canyons and 28 registered areas with pre-historical paintings. the Pontal de Ocapora (4 star) and the Solar Porto de Galinhas (4 star) – there are also lower priced pousadas. cattle and poultry industries. caves. Triunfo: as the highest point in Pernambuco. pousadas and campsites. Its beaches have previously been voted the ‘best in Brazil’ by the ‘Eco Vilagem’ and ‘Viagem & Turismo’ magazines due to there natural pools. high end eco-tourism resorts as well as a very wide range of pousadas – examples include the Beco de Noronha. Accommodation options are mainly based around hotels – including the Snooze (3 star) and the Requinte (3 star) – and several traditional pousadas. white sand and crystal-clear waters. the area consists of an archipelago of 21 islands and islets. Fernando de Noronha: a popular excursion of those visiting Recife. coral and sub aquatic fauna (several scuba diving tours are in operation in the area). several monuments. turtles. tomato. the Beach Class (5 star). the Agulhão. the Carmô and the Bela Vista. beach bars and a luxury hotel infrastructure including the Deluxe Resort (5 star). The municipality also has been growing economically as a result of its growing flower. Back to Contents 30 . the Nannai Beach Resort (4 star). the area is one of the most picturesque beaches in Pernambuco. Garanhuns: a popular winter tourism destination. the Arquipélago. the area is a popular visiting spot for those looking to get away from the high temperatures. the Summerville Beach Resort (5 star). lizards and dolphins). There are also a number of eco-trails (popular excursions for visitors) and the area is well served by restaurants. Porto de Galinhas: once a central point of the slave trade in Brazil. Fernando de Noronha’s beauty does come at a price and it is one of the most expensive tourist destinations of the north east. Excessive development is being controlled to prevent the risk of environmental damage. There are a handful of small scale hotels (such as the Otellin) as well as pousadas in operation. it is often referred to as the Pernambucan Switzerland with its main attractions being its mountains. Vale do Catimbau National Park: officially classified as a conservational zone by the Brazilian government. Accommodation wise it is served by hotels. wildlife (including rare bird species. campsites and a youth hostel. milk.

pousadas. shops and other tourist related services in place). pousadas. livestock. Accommodation options range from small-scale hotels. Tourism is fuelled by the many landmarks that populate the area. holiday apartments / villas and backpacker hostels. the Cathedral. lively nightlife. The region was officially converted to National Park status in 2002. prostitution and abject poverty – a transformation that is evidentially happening. Tatajuba: another area widely predicted to witness tourism growth. the Luz Palace and the Forte Nan de Praire statue). Being such a large city. There are several hotels in operation – including the 5 star Vila Bela Vista. Accommodation is mainly based around small scale hotels – including the Beira Rio (4 star). restaurants. starry night sky as well as its sand and windsurfing opportunties. lower budget hotels / guest houses. pousadas and youth hostels (the area is a popular stop off point for backpackers touring the coast of Brazil). a wide range of accommodation options are available including hotels (such as the 4 star Blue Tree. maize beans. cinemas) as well as festivals and fairs spread throughout the year. access is currently limited via a dirt road to what is one of the most spectacular beaches in Brazil. 31 . Comfort and Quality). Perhaps the most important tourist destination in the municipality is the Canoa Quebrada – a fishing village that has grown to attract an increasing amount of visitors (with water sports activities. textiles. the city’s economy continues to grow (largely fuelled by commerce. banana. overall. mango. As an area that. services. The main attractions are its urban beaches (including the Praia do Futuro). mineral extraction amongst others) and it is ever keen to remove itself from the negative connotations of crime. the 4 star Rancho do Peixe and Mosquito Blue Jeri – as well as high end resorts. farm stays. remains relatively undeveloped. Its economy mainly relies on the production of cassava. growth is expected in line with the improving economic conditions of the state. campsites and backpacker hostels. theatres. fine cuisine and several famous landmarks (including the José de Alencar theatre. sugarcane. leather. Accommodation is currently in the form of small pousadas and camping grounds. Jericoacoara: voted by the Washington Post as having one of the top 10 beaches in the world – an accolade that has continued to attract hoteliers and tour operators. the Visconde (4 star). cashew nuts. Aracati: a coastal municipality that is becoming increasingly popular for tourists due to its wide stretches of Atlantic facing coastline. the rich culture (including museums. footwear. albeit at a slow pace.Ceará State Fortaleza: one of the largest metropolitan regions in the north east. the Verde Rio (3 star) and the Atalaia (3 star) – as well as a range of pousadas. Sobral: as voted by the RMC São Paulo as one of best cities in Brazil in terms of quality of life – the region is attracting an increasing amount of both leisure and business tourists. and also known for its spectacular sunset. eco tourism resorts. poultry and cement (it is home to one of the national headquarters of the Votorantim group).

large-scale development has been restricted. museums and a theatre located in the centre. supermarkets and banks. The international airport has daily connections to all parts of Brazil and some neighbouring South American countries (with expansion plans intended). one of the smallest conservation areas in Brazil (covering an area of 5. the area also has a rising tourism industry due the Atlantic forest that circles much of the town – with semi-tropical rainforest. Accommodation options range from 4 star hotels (such as the Radisson. The city was declared a national monument in 1967 and. Ibiapaba Mountains: home of the Ubajara National Park. restaurants. nightclubs. 32 . Ibis and Mercure) to low budget establishments and pousadas. Back to Contents Sergipe State Aracaju: the capital city of the state is witnessing growing rural to urban migration and higher annual GDP figures – with an economy fuelled by the service.Baturité: as well as having a growing economy (focused mainly in the trade of rice. football playing areas. banana. light manufacturing and tourism industries. The historically well known priest Cícero Romão Batista (1844-1934) was born here and attracts up to 100. over-development has been restricted which is one of the main reasons the area has maintained its charm.000 visitors every year to his pilgrimage. this area is steeped in history and therefore a popular visiting area with churches. therefore. Hotels are mainly in the form of small pousadas. There are several small scale hotels and pousadas which serve the ever-increasing amount of visitors. corn. squares.63km² and located in the Ibiapaba mountains) at which the most infamous visiting point is a grotto full with large stalagmites and stalactites which is accessible by a specially built stair lift. São Cristóvão: as the fourth oldest city in Brazil. Accommodation options range from small scale hotels and pousadas. Other major attractions of the mountains are the Morro do Céu at 820 metres high and the Pirangi waterfall. monuments and museums dating back to the 17th century (the area’s other economic activity include sugar milling / distilling as well as being a shipping port). Juazeiro do Norte: an area that is growing economically (the region benefits from highly fertile lands as well as having healthy secondary and tertiary sectors) that is also popularly known as a religious tourism destination. sugarcane and coffee). trails and hidden waterfalls – popular with hikers and adventure sports enthusiasts. The area is served by small scale hotels. the municipal markets dating back to the early 19th century and the sacred art museum. Laranjeiras: a quaint town located 23 kilometres from Aracaju attracting tourists to its well maintained colonial architecture (the area is also well known for its sugarcane production). As with many of the older towns in the country. cotton. There are also several cultural points of interest including museums. pousadas and camping grounds. Temperatures rarely go under 17 degrees Celsius and the coast has several urban beaches complemented by volleyball courts. Attractions include the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Comandaroba and Nosso Senhor do Bonfim churches.

The city has several examples of neo-classical and baroque architecture including the Imperial Palace as well as several churches (Nossa Senhora da Corrente. restaurants. fish farming and coconut processing. bars. the amount of tourists coming to see its Coral Coast of over 130 kilometres continues to increase and it is the second most visited city in the state (after the capital). cinemas. The international airport (Zumbi dos Palmares) has connections to the majority of Brazil as well as Italy and Argentina (further expansion plans are expected) and the BR-104 connects the city well. as well as having a growing economy based on rice. A number of hotels and pousadas – mainly located in the centre – serve the area.Estância: another picturesque town with several examples of colonial architecture complemented by a range of restaurants. A number of tour operators and scuba diving companies are based in the region and accommodation options range from mid ranged hotels (such as the Praia Azul and the Dourada). eateries and overall relaxed pace of life – often a weekend getaway for workers from Aracaju. Back to Contents Alagoas State Maceió: as well as being the capital and economic hub of the state (sugarcane and chemical production are the most important income generators). Large scale development has been restricted to preserve the regions history with accommodation options ranging from small and family led hotels (such as the São Fransisco) to wellrun pousadas (such as the 4 star Colonial). sugarcane. Back to Contents 33 . The other main attractions include a group of tropical pools formed during low tide. museums as well as a number of festivals held throughout the year. pousadas. the tropical rainforest surrounding the city. resorts (such as the Miramar and the Salinas do Maragogi). the Pajuçara Praia. known as the Galés as well as the coral reefs located further out from the coast. theatres. the city has an excellent tourism infrastructure set-up attracting an increasing amount of national and global travellers. Its main attractions include its beaches (the main one being the Pajuçara). Hotel provisions range in quality from the Ritz Lagoa da Anta Urban Resort (5 star) to the Ibis (4 star). several pousadas and youth hostels. Penedo: located in the south of the state. very little other economic activity takes place here apart from tourism. campsites and two backpacker hostels. Maragogi: a small municipality located 125 kilometres north of Maceió. the municipality’s tourist industry has witnessed significant growth – particularly since receiving a place in the top seven tourist destinations by the World Tourism Forum in 2005. nightclubs. shopping. the São Gonçalo Garcia and the Batista de Penedo being the main ones). Nevertheless.

A range of accommodation is offered throughout the city ranging from hotels (such as the 5 star Atlântico Praia Othon and the 4 star Quality João Pessoa) as well as lower budget options. glass. the Sinimbú river is also an increasingly important tourist spot. the stone dates back to the early 18th century and is formed out of basalt and covered with carved images of constellations. metal. rice. commerce and high tech industry. Culture and Art Centre – designed by infamous Brazilian architect. textiles and tourism. animals and human figures. fruits. ceramics. furniture. Cabedelo: one of the most unique cities in the whole of Brazil. The city is also well located in relation to other of north eastern Brazil’s larger cities (120 kilometres from Recife and 180 kilometres from Natal) and is well connected to other parts of Brazil and Latin America via the Presidente Castros Pinto airport. the area is spread on a peninsular very close to João Pessoa being 18 kilometres in length and 3 kilometres in width. museums. Cultura e Artes” (Science. Ingá Stone: often a day excursion from Campina Grande. rated the region as the second largest technological hub in South America which. Campina Grande is a culturally rich city that continues to attract leisure tourists and it has a prominent role in the Brazilian art trade industry. with several competitions held throughout the year). Newsweek.Paraíba State João Pessoa: lying on the most eastern point of Latin America. wood processing. the capital of the state of Paraíba was officially classified by the United Nations as having the second highest amount of urban forested land in the world (after Paris) – complemented by a tropical climate. maize and pumpkin industries. other industries in operation include food. drink. Baía da Traição: consists of large stretches of elevated coast line providing magnificent views of the Atlantic ocean. The city also has several notable attractions – including the Estação Ciência. chemicals. Campina Grande: the second largest populated city in the state with a solid economy based on agriculture. As well as being an important economic source for the regions cassava. cinemas and convention centres. whilst be an accolade that many have questioned. The Baía da Traição is 34 . As the economic hub of the Paraíba region. The city’s musicians are also well known throughout the country and attract visitors yearround to concerts and festivals. several beaches. as nevertheless enabled the city to attract business travellers and investors. pousadas and backpacker / youth hostels. cement. livestock. The main industry within the region is tourism with the main attractions being the Forteleza de Santa Catarina (an area where visitors are offered historical and cultural tours) as well as the Poço and the Intermares beaches (the latter is another popular international surfing destination. The small town of Ingá has a handful of small hotels and pousadas. Whilst a range of hotel options are offered within the city (ranging from the 3/4 star Garden Hotel and Serrano as well as several pousadas) there is a lack of high end and/or chain hotels which is deemed surprising considering its rising economic presence. Accommodation options range from mid-range hotels (such as the Formosa) as well as pousadas and a youth hostel. banana. and a mix of modern and colonial architecture. Oscar Niemeyer) as well as theatres.

the Caraúbas and the Sabino Palace and there are also several pousadas. Sousa also has well-established construction materials and cocoa industries and is informally known as having the best coconut water in Brazil. the main economic driver is tourism which has developed in the area since the 1970s particularly around the Pipa beach (during high season. Tibau do Sul: located 80 kilometres from Natal. Mossoró does not have any beaches but has good access to those of its neighbouring municipality of Tibau. the Natal Mar and the Quality as well as a range of pousadas and youth hostels. including the Pólo Costa Branca (see below). plans are in place to build what will be one of the largest airports in Latin America. The new Dunas Arena will also host several of the World Cup 2014 football games which is expected to further boost tourist levels. a flow of over 1. Sousa: an area with rich archaeological history due to having several preserved area with fossilised footprints of over 80 species of dinosaur. Accommodation varies from the 5 star Pestana Resort to more mid range choices such as the Ocean Palace. tourism is thriving and hotel options range from 4 and 5 star resorts – including 35 . due to its advantageous positioning of being the closest Brazilian state capital to Europe and Africa. has continued to increase. The city has a solid transport infrastructure and. it attracts a large number of winter tourists during June for its annual festival: the Mossoró City Junina Festival. Jardins Plaza and Frouxão hotels to a number of well-run pousadas.000. With several unique tourist attractions – including its white sandy beaches. Hotels are largely mid-range including the São Luiz Plaza. The local government has tried to control over-development of the region in the form of height restrictions and construction prevention measures in certain areas – something that has been embraced by not only locals but visitors. Mossoró: the region lies at equal distances between Natal and Forteleza and. The municipality is also becoming economically richer due to being one of the only areas of the north east to be immediately adjacent to the regions oil findings). with relatively small fishing and crafts industries.000 people are visiting the region). Nevertheless. It is now recognised as the most popular hub of international real estate developers who have been attracted to its lower land prices and idyllic location as well as cheaper labour and material sources – although some fear that certain parts are becoming too developed as to destroy the originality of the city. the Porto Suites. several historic monuments and yearround carnivals – visitor levels have been increasing consistently even through the global economic downturn.considered one of the best hotels in the region and there are also several pousadas as well as campsites and a youth hostel. Back to Contents Rio Grande do Norte State Natal: fast becoming one of the most well known cities by both national and international visitors – tourism coming into the area began in the 1980s and. Accommodation options range from the mid-range Ribeirão. Other economic drivers of the city and its surrounding areas include fish farming as well as various tropical fruit and cashew trading). despite much controversy and debate. whilst mainly known for its large salt and land-based petroleum industries.

stated that restructuring plans are in place to alleviate this situation. It has one of the highest standards of living in the north east (with other prominent industries including cotton.the Marinas. Tibau: located in the most northerly point of Rio Grande do Norte. the region is composed of large dunes and cliffs and series of small lakes. there are a range of hotel options in the area as well as pousadas and resorts closer to the beaches. campsites and a youth hostel. the region is the largest producer in Brazil (as well as having large fish and oil production industries). is its main tourist attraction. The region gets very busy during high season – particularly close to the main beaches: Pirangi (home of the worlds largest cashew tree) and Cotovelo as well as being home of one of Brazil’s only planetariums. São Miguel do Gostoso: located 100 kilometres from Natal. Due to being home of the main airport currently serving Rio Grande do Norte. this former small fishing village is becoming an increasingly important tourist destination (which is its predominant economic driver). it has prominent sugarcane. fine cuisine and various carnivals spread throughout the year. along with its tranquil beaches. The local hotel industry is not as developed as Tibau do Sul – largely due to a lesser amount of annual visitors – but there are some mid-range choices and pousadas spread across the area. Galinhos: located 166 kilometres from the state capital. the region has long been a sufferer from the effects of tropical rainfall – leading to many of its access points being restricted. shrimp and paper industries in addition to tourism. Touros: often referred to as ‘Brazil’s corner’ due to being located at an acute angle on Brazil’s north east coast line. Accommodation options range from mid-range and family run hotels / resorts (such as the Siri and the Punaú) to several pousada operations. an independent agency fully funded by the Ministry of Culture) due to its rich religious history. The main accommodation options are mid range hotels – including the Maranata. The region remains an increasingly popular tourism destination which is its main economic driver (as well as some fish farming and agricultural trade). The area also has some relies on agriculture and fish trade as a driver of its economy. however. Macau: referred to as the ‘land of salt’. Mirante and Regente as well as the 3 star Porto Bello and a range of pousadas. the Aquarela do Brasil Village and the Sombra Água Fresca – as well as several pousadas. The local government have. this small municipality is growing in popularity as a visiting destination due to its deserted beaches and preserved landscape. the Gran Prix and the Gamboa – as well as a handful of well-run pousadas. it attracts a solid level of tourists due to being a national Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional. The area is very under developed with only pousadas serving its visitors. Whilst tourism is increasing to the area. 36 . the Toca da Coruja. It has the second largest light house in the world which. cattle farming and agricultural production due to its rich soils). Caicó: whilst the region is located in land of the Rio Grande do Norte state. Hotels are well run in the region and include the 4 star Guanabara. Its main attractions are its peaceful beaches and strong winds – popular with wind and kite surfing enthusiasts. Parnamirim: as the third most populous municipality in the state. The region’s idyllic feel has meant that the construction of larger hotels has been restricted – with the main options serving tourists are small scale hotels and family run pousadas.

it is now recognised as one of the main ecotourism destinations of the north east (the region also has prominent livestock. an increasing amount of hotel and other real estate development has begun in the region – including the luxury Cabo de São Roque and Hotel Vila Galé resorts and a number of pousadas (with more in development). auditoriums and other suitable spaces. it is recognised as being a very clean and safe city – despite having year round high temperatures. Maxaranguape: a relatively small municipality that is expected to receive increasing tourist levels due to its quite and picturesque beaches. The area is very undeveloped and has a handful of pousadas serving visitors. milk and other agricultural produce industries in operation). The soils are highly fertile making the city and its surrounding region a competitive agricultural hub in Brazil. as a result. Teresina is also developing as a north eastern Brazilian business and educational events destination and is well served by exhibition centres. Martins is also host to the largest food festival in Brazil held on an annual basis. Back to Contents Piauí State Teresina: located in between the Parnaíba and Poti rivers. The Teresina airport serves most parts of Brazil on a daily basis and has several expansion plans in place. 37 . Visitor attractions include the meeting point of the two rivers to the north of the city which heads out to the Atlantic ocean. It will also be the home of the David Beckham football academy and. For this reason. Hotel options range from the 4 star Teresina Central and Luxur to mid-range options and pousadas.Martins: a popular destination in the state due to being located at an altitude of 745 metres and therefore having a unique semi-arid climate. the zoological gardens as well as several parks and historical monuments. Cabo de São Roque: the region is commonly referred to as one of the most spectacular visiting spots of the north east and indeed Brazil due to having over 6 kilometres of unspoiled white sanded beaches complemented huge cliffs and large rows of coconut and palm trees. Accommodation is focused on small scale hotels as well as campsites and pousadas which are well integrated into the surrounding region. the effects of high humidity are mitigated by cool winds.

Back to Contents Maranhão State São Luis: with its growing population and solid infrastructure. waterfalls as well as a huge range of wildlife. With several beaches – including the Ponta d’Areia. Most would be tied in with tour operators offering excursions into the park lasting anything between 1 day and three weeks for the more adventurous. The area remains of interest to archaeologists. youth hostels. such as the Cívico. Hotel options range from the 4 star Pestana resort hotels to other mid to high range options such as the Grand. Midrange hotels. tourism levels are also increasing due to its beaches (the main one being the Pedra do Sal. Nevertheless. The city is nationally recognised as being one of the main cultural hubs of Brazil – with several events and festivals spread throughout the year. it was heavily populated in pre-historic times and much of this period is very apparent today. the Brisamar and the Calhau as well as range of pousadas. a historic centre (classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as several monuments. deep canyons and cave paintings that populate the region. eco-tourism. as well as several well-run pousadas are the most common accommodation options available. rivers. huge plains. Due to its wide distance from Teresina (530 kilometres). the region continues to have prominent metal production. Serra da Capivara National Park: another nationally protected region of the country and a World Heritage Site as classified by UNESCO. Parnaíba: as well as becoming an increasingly important economical hub of the Piauí state due to its proximity to the Amarração port. campsite and pousada options are available – catering for all budgets. 38 . As is expected. its lagoons and several historical monuments dotted around the area.Sete Cidades National Park: steeped in ancient history. streams. cathedrals dating back to the 17th century and museums. the Parnaíba Palace and the Alvorada. the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) voted it as one of the best cities to live in Brazil. the San Marcos (a popular surf beach) and the Olho d’Agua – tourist numbers have also been steadily increasing. a range of hotels. palaeontologists and visitors touring the many rock formations. popular for surfers). the regions tourism infrastructure is not fully developed – yet there are a number of pousadas that offer a range of tours for visitors. natural pools. the lake Portinho. Much of the region is ecologically protected and nationally preserved (it was one of the first homes of the Tupi indigenous people) and it is fast becoming a must-see destination for tourists. The economy was formerly one of the most wealthiest in the country until the collapse of the cotton industry amongst other factors which led to more of its inhabitants moving towards the south of the country. food processing and service industries. the seven areas of the park are split into areas of wide and varied rock formations.

Some of the main industries in operation include rubber. its main attraction are its archaeological visiting points as well as its pleasant beaches. petroleum mining. soap. The Amazon itself possesses over 50 percent of the worlds rainforests with a wide range of wildlife – over 1/3 of all species live within it. chemicals. abundance of waterfalls and other features. natural swimming pools and countless waterfalls (including the Cachoeira.Lençóis Maranhenses National Park: classified as a national park in 1981. a 700-seat opera house and several other forms of nightlife. natural oils. the Bosque de Ciência. restaurants. more recently. The city has become increasingly metropolitan over the last few decades. Alcântara: another relatively undiscovered touristic region of the north east of Brazil. The most popular accommodation choices are the very well run ecological resorts and pousadas including the Lajes. concert halls. beer brewing. Hotels in the city range from 4 and 5 star options include the Novotel. pousadas and youth hostels. the Chchoeiras de Itapecuru. timber. the São Romão and the Itapecuru). There are several parks including the Mindu. the Advance Palace and the Panorama as well as several pousadas. rice. the Lírio. electronic equipment manufacturing and. There is one 5 star hotel in the city – the Plaza Caldas Resort and Spa – with a range of mid-lower to budget options also available including the Posseidon. the city has had the challenge of growing in a self-sufficient manner due to having no direct road or rail connections other than those of its neighbours: Boa Vista. Brazil nuts. dunes and lagoons (caused by heavy rainfall occurring between July and September). Carolina / Chapada das Mesas National Park: a small town that has long been a popular visiting spot due to being the main access point of the Chapada das Mesas which offers lush landscapes. hydro-electricity and cellulose) the region is becoming increasingly popular for business hoteliers as well as visitors to its wide open spaces. The Eduardo Gomes International Airport is the largest in the state and regularly serves most parts of Brazil. located within Federal University of Amazonas. the Sumaúma and the Bilhares as well as the large urban forest. (Roraima). Imperatriz: as an important commercial point for the north of the country (with industries in operation including steel. clear rivers. bars and nightclubs. soybeans. The port is located in the downtown area on the banks of the Negro and serves all parts of the 900 mile stretch of the river (also where a majority of the tourist boat trips visiting leave from. the Schalom. the area is a unique part of the country consisting of huge sand plains. the city is the main gateway to the worlds largest rainforest as well as being the second largest metropolitan region in northern Brazil. the Rilton and the Grande Família. shipbuilding. Back to Contents Amazonas State Manaus: the capital of the Amazonas state. the Maracuja City Resort as well as a number of mid-range options. the Mercure. being served by theatres. hills. Access to the park is difficult (mainly by 4x4 vehicle) and. therefore. Tourism is undeveloped with north eastern Brazilian visitors and backpackers being the main travellers to the area (which is served by small pousadas). The city has been developing since the 1960s and has a modern infrastructure complemented by shopping centres. Porto Velho (Rondônia) and to Venezuela (with air transport being the only method meaning importing supplies from other parts of Brazil is costly). mountains. Whilst tourism plays an important part of the economy. 39 . the Presidente. tourism in the parks immediate area is under-developed bar a handful of small-scale pousada operations.

complemented by many tributaries of the main rivers as well as lakes and islets. toucans and Amazonian parrots) as well as a huge variety of other land and sea wildlife including monkeys. avocado. as the economy continues to improve. as a result of the increased tourist interest. this region is becoming popular for travellers and backpackers travelling through the river by boat. river dolphins. tambaqui and pirarucu. chemicals and shipbuilding. several river lodges and pousadas are in operation – although not all year round and visitors are advised to prepare a trip prior (two popular choices are the Millennium Pousada and the Amazon River Hotel). The main barrier to the expansion of tourism is the relative difficulty of accessing the area – which. there are no major hotel developments in the area but. The main accommodation options are relatively basic pousadas which are best organised prior to visiting. sloths. anteaters. pirhana. As to be expected. It also has several festivals spread throughout the year which are attracting an increasing amount of national and international visitors. coconut. cantaloupe. sweet potato. indeed. tomato. this is expected to change. There are a small handful of pousada options which are often tied to the scientific research institutes that operate in the region. livestock rearing / production and fish farming (from the rich pickings of the Amazon).Parintins: as the second largest city in the Amazonas. black pepper. timber. It remains relatively underdeveloped (housing. neverthess. Spain and Japan. some perceive as a positive fact to maintain the authenticity and uniqueness of the area. for example. Due to the difficulty of accessing the area. The main industries in operation are agriculture (including banana. the area is largely composed of low forests and flat land. Back to Contents 40 . citrus fruits. beans. largely as a result of a number of documentaries and travel shows focused on the area – its main attraction is the raw Brazilian culture as well as its beautiful surroundings not found in any part of the country. Tourism has been increasing in the last few years. Tefé: tucked in the middle of the Amazon state. tourism levels have increased at a steady pace but. coffee. sugarcane. cocoa. cassava. Mamirauá: an area of outstanding natural beauty which is protected by the Ramsar Convention of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will be part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (a research and development programme aimed achieving global ecosystem sustainability). cashew. watermelon and corn). Within the area are over 400 species of birds (including eagles. Note that the majority of the area is flooded during the wet season. poultry. are relatively low. The city has a strong cultural identity drawing from residents descending from Portugal. generally consists of simply constructed buildings in the centre and wooden property in the neighbourhoods) although.

Tourism levels are ever increasing with a range accommodation options being offered including the Hotel Ilha de Marajó. Despite its large size there are no high end hotels in operation in the region. mid-range options (such as the Hotel Grão Pará. livestock and fish farming). Due to the high level of tourists. streams and wetlands. Other attractions are the local ‘Amerindian’ cuisine. campsites and youth hostels. nuts. As a result. the Crowne Plaza and the Regente). textiles. accommodation options are wide and varied including the mid-high range Amazônia Atlântico Resort. the Marajó Ecotourism resort as well as ecologically respectful pousadas and campsites.000 visitors. The area consists of nine river islands with dense tropical rainforest which. high season statistics have been reaching over 400. Ananindeua: this city has become worth of attention over the last few decades due to its rapid growth in terms of population and industry (largely based on a variety of agricultural produce. The city and its surroundings have a growing economy based on a range of industries including aluminium. The region is also highly populated with dunes. have become an increasingly popular attraction for tourists. Salinópolis: considered the principle tourist hub of Pará. iron ore. chemicals. mangroves and flooded plains.Pará State Belém: as the entrance gate to the Amazon. livestock and it also has one of the largest convention centres in the north of the country (which was the location of the World Social Forum of 2009). well-run pousadas. the Novo Avenida and the Vila Rica). Belém has a wide range of accommodation options including a number of 4/5 star hotels (such as the Hilton. Back to Contents 41 . much of the area consists of dense rainforests. several museums of Amazonian history as well as the colonial architecture that dates back to the 17th century. rivers. this growing city has a busy port and an airport serving most areas of Brazil and neighbouring South American countries (the Val de Cães) and much better road and connections that compared to Manaus. the Amazon Bio Park Zoo. the 3 star options include the Hilma and Master and there are several pousadas across the city as well as on the islands. tourism has witnessed a solid increase both nationally and internationally. With its tropical climate. cassava. the Rodrigues Alves Wood Botanical Gardens. the ease of access to the Amazon rainforest and the unique fresh water beached islets that are formed around the city. timber. The main areas of attraction are the wide Atalaia beach (with its white sands and gray green waters from the sediment carried from the Amazon) and also the ‘Lake of Coca Cola’ – known for its fresh cold waters. jute. see below). the Mercadinho and the Clube Privê do Atalaia hotels as well as a number of well-run pousadas. The city also has two other rivers that pass through the area: the Maguari and the Guama (on the banks of which lies the Federal University of Pará). Ilha de Marajó: the second largest fluvial island in the world (after the Ilha do Bananal in the Tocantins region. the island has a rich biodiversity with a range of vegetation and wildlife (huge populations of buffalo can be found throughout). due to their bio diverse nature.

Santarém: located at the meeting point of the Tapajós and the Amazon. Hotel expansion continues to increase to meet the rising interest in the area with several options ranging from the 4 star Canoeiros. soybeans. it is the largest fluvial island in the world and a preserved national park (with several indigenous tribe villages). rubber. Vitória Plaza and the Araguaia to smaller establishments and a range of pousadas. dolphins. Back to Contents Tocantins State Palmas – as one of Brazil’s fastest growing cities (which as witnessed a year on year increase of 8. The spectacular landscape and picturesque nature of the city of the region. and excellent cuisine as well as its many caves. valleys and natural swimming pools. the area is continuing to see a rising number of business travellers attracted to its developing industry base (ranging from a variety of services to trade). The city is graced with concert halls. Accommodation options range from mid range hotels (such as the Serra Geral and the Veredas) to a handful of well-run pousadas. and Serrano as well as a range of well-run and ecologically respectful pousadas. means national and international visitor statistics are always healthy. good transport as well as a national airport serving over 50.000 passengers a month (and rising). Natividade: a small city that is increasingly becoming visited by tourists due to its rich religious history (several colourful festivals are held throughout the year). in terms of its look. The city – which. Pirarara. complemented by a tropical climate. livestock. Back to Contents 42 . Boa Vista. Hotel options are largely mid range and very environmentally conscious including the Santarem. Considered another ecological sanctuary of Brazil. the Rural and the Alfageme as well as a number of pousadas. fish farming. is often compared to Brasília – has a high human development index complemented by modern and improving infrastructure. the Beirante. Lago Da Palma. cinemas. the area has a wide range of unique vegetation and wildlife including jaguars. the area is another established tourism area of the state. eighteenth century architecture. Temperatures are largely warms with the rainy season occurring between November and April. shopping centres.7 percent since 2000). Accommodation options range from the high-mid range Munart. several good quality restaurants and a lively nightlife. It is highly expected for a number of the bigger national and international chain hotels to locate in the city as it develops. blue herons and Amazonian turtles. coffee and mining. Tourist attractions are largely based along the Tocantins river and include the Graciosa and Prata beaches as well as the Cesam Park and the Taquaruçu waterfalls.000 km² (double the size of Jamaica). hills. Ilha do Bananal: with an area of over 19. and Três Barras to the mid range Independência. The region also has a thriving economy based on a variety of agricultural produce.

commerce and a variety of services – the region has enacted a number of international free trade agreements since the 1990s which has continued to enable it to become investment attractive. The main tourist visiting spot is the Taperebá coastline. The Boa Vista-Atlas airport is currently undergoing refurbishment and serves Belém. Accommodation options are largely based around mid range hotels including the Milano. particularly in recent years. has become better linked with Manaus. Back to Contents Roraima State Boa Vista: lying 136 miles from the Brazil-Venezuela border. the stadium hosts year round concerts as well as the annual carnival celebrations). the region has a mixed climate of high temperatures and above average rainfall to create a unique environment with rich soils and a very diverse range of vegetation. Paramaribo (Suriname) and Rio de Janeiro. The plan of the city is often referred to as being The has solid and modern infrastructural base and. Whilst GDP statistics have consistently grown as have improvements in the city’s overall infrastructure. Brasília. Visiting the city. with further road and bridge connections being planned.000 people. The city itself offers a range of 43 . the Açai Palace. rubber. Macapá has several places of leisure visitor interest including the fortress of São José do Macapá. the San Marino and the Frota Palace as well as a range of pousadas. The hotel industry is very underdeveloped with just a handful pousadas serving visitors. Lethem (in French Guiana) and Santa Elena de Uairén (Venezuela). the city is growing economically – with the main industries in operation being a range of agricultural and meat production as well as commerce and services towards the centre of the city. Manaus. the region was recently commended by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas for its rapidly decreasing crime statistics. the Panela do Amapá (an area of several authentic restaurants offering the very best in northern Brazilian cuisine) and the Sambódromo de Macapá (with a capacity of 18. the area is separated from French Guiana by the Oiapoque river (a bridge is currently being built connecting the two countries) and is becoming increasingly important. As a result. Oiapoque: the most northern coastal city of Brazil. Georgetown (Guyana). Ananindeua and Porto Velho). particularly with regards to trade links between the two countries. Belem. the Marco Zero (an imaginary line that marks the division between the northern and southern hemisphere). Whilst the presence of favelas should be noted to any interested investor. fish farming. the JK. spread along the north east of the city. Industry is based upon agriculture. livestock.Amapá State Macapá: another fast growing Brazilian city that is the fifth most populous in northern Brazil (behind Manaus. one criticism has been the lack of urban development planning which has resulted in certain parts of the city becoming degraded. the Atalanta.

Hotels range from the 4 star Aquárius Selva. The Roraima has a plateau of 31 km² and 400 metre cliff on all sides and includes the triple border point of Venezuela. cinemas and a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Back to Contents 44 . campsites (on the outskirts) and a youth hostel. the Jamaica. minerals. several museums. cultural centres and rich cuisine. theatres. cathedrals and the largest park in the north of Brazil: the Anauá. grottos. Monte Roraima: located in the Canaiama national park. Brazil and Guyana. Lima Palace and the Pakas Palafitas. the Mutum-Paraná and the Candeias do Jamari). the Ayrton Senna sports complex. the Euzebios and the Ideal to well run pousadas. the Casa de Cultura Uvan Marrocos cultural centre. caves. The international Governador Jorge Teixeira serves most of Brazil as well as a number of Latin American cities. the Praça das Águas (a large man made water fountain). the Uiramutã Palace. A range of accommodation options are available such as 3 and 4 star city based hotels such as the Itamaraty. hotels and pousadas are in operation in the region including the Alfa. For this reason. museums. A number of well-run ecological resorts. it is the highest of a series of tabletop mountains first discovered by the British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1956. Recognised as one of the oldest geological formations on earth. the Samaúma and the Regina to several other mid range options and pousadas located across the city. the city has a growing population and economy – largely fuelled by metals. the mountain has a significant place in the culture of the indigenous people of the region. The main economic driver of the region are the many tourist attractions including several wide river beaches. the Central Palace. Porto Velho also continues to bring a rising number of tourists with its main attractions being its rivers (including the Madeira. Back to Contents Rondônia State Porto Velho: situated on the Madeira river. rapids. one of the larger tributaries of the Amazon. Visitors can stay in a number of well run eco-tourist resorts and pousadas (including the Monte Roraima Hotel and the Coati). agriculture. forested landscapes.tourist visiting spots including the Orla Taumanan (a wide space with restaurants and free concerts at weekends). fish farming and livestock – as well as one of the highest standards of living in the north of the country. several monuments. although tourism is rising – control measures in place so that the area does not become over developed as with other major natural wonders of the world. the Abunã. parks. waterfalls. Guajará-Mirim: the second largest municipality in the state accredited as a ‘green city’ by the Instituto Ambiental Biosfera in May 2009.

the Loureiro. Rio Branco’s main tourist attractions include a large palace dating back to the 1930s. it is located approximately 2 hours from Manaus and sits on both banks of the Rio Acre (with six bridges enabling ease of access between both sides). Visitors rarely stay long in the area (opting for day trips) so there are very few hotel options bar a handful of small-scale pousadas. the Premier. has a newly renovated port and an airport that serves the larger cities of Brazil and several South American cities. museums and year-round festivals as well as the unspoiled natural beauty of the Acre forests which is located a short distance from the city. 45 . fish farming. the Revolution square. the Terra Verde and the Inácio Palace as well as a range of pousadas. is well connected by road and rail. Xapuri: the area is well known as the former home of the national trade union leader. livestock and some tertiary services).Acre State Rio Branco: the only municipality in Brazil to border Peru. stadiums. Hotel options are largely mid range including the Guapindaia. several monuments. Chico Mendes who lived his entire life in the city before being assassinated in 1988. The city has an ever-growing economy (largely based on agriculture.