Route & dates
Start: New York City
Fly: 15 h 30 min
Recife— 1 night
Fly: 3 h 15 min
Natal— 2 nights
Fly + Drive: 23 h 15 min
End: New York City
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.On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Boa Viagem Beach, examine the collection at Ricardo Brennand Institute, thenexplore the galleries of Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento of Aviators. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Praca do Marco Zero, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Recife trip planner.
New York City, USA to Recife is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Recife at 84°F and lows at 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Natal.
Things to do in Recife
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City of the Sun
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Reis Magos Fortress, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Dunas de Genipabu, and then make a trip to Ponte Newton Navarro. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, make a trip to Cajueiro de Pirangi, thencatch a live event at Arena das Dunas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Camara Cascudo.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Natal trip maker site.
Traveling by flight from Recife to Natal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Natal
Cajueiro de Pirangi
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