11 days in Recife & Natal Itinerary

11 days in Recife & Natal Itinerary

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11 days in Recife & Natal Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Recife
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Natal
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
nights
Recife

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
We've included these beaches for you: Muro Alto Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Instituto Ricardo Brennand and Outeiro church and panoramic view. Change things up with these side-trips from Recife: Porto de Galinhas (Pontal de Maracaipe, Casa Jerimum, & more) and Carneiros Beach (in Tamandare). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, view the masterpieces at Atelier Vilanova, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Recife route builder tool .

Rio de Janeiro to Recife is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Natal.

Things to do in Recife

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Olinda, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Praia dos Carneiros
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Instituto Ricardo Brennand ©
Instituto Ricardo Brennand
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

5
nights
Natal

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Reis Magos Fortress and Museu Camara Cascudo. You'll get in some beach time at Ponta Negra Beach and Pipa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Natal: Cajueiro de Pirangi (in Parnamirim), Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum (in Arez) and Cowboy's Museum (in Sao Jose de Mipibu). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Dunas de Genipabu, kick back and relax at Madeiro Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Parrachos de Maracajau, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphins Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Natal trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Recife to Natal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Pipa, Cajueiro de Pirangi, Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum, Cowboy's Museum
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Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Pipa Beach ©
Pipa Beach

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