Holidays in 2023: travel options for those who want to go beyond Floripa

Do you live in Florianópolis, but want to travel on the weekend? Ouro Preto, Arraial do Cabo, Foz do Iguaçu and Porto de Galinhas are some of the options for those who want to travel

The 2023 holidays will make the year a good time to travel. Unlike 2022, which had few extended holidays, the new year will bring good opportunities for those who like to plan on the so-called “weekends”.

That's because those who usually "amend" the days off at work will have the opportunity to do this seven times in 2023. In all, there will be two holidays on Monday, one on Wednesday, three on Thursday and two on Friday. If optional points are also included in the list, the number of “holidays” rises to nine. 

With a plate full of holidays to travel in 2023, the managing partner of Capo Viagens, Orsini Nascimento, listed some tips that can help better plan the trip during the New Year's holidays. According to Orsini, the secret to enjoying the holidays in an economical way is to plan and research in advance. 

“Air tickets already have their values ​​established by the airline and are divided into classes. Therefore, everyone on a plane can pay different fares. I advise you to check the values ​​every day and, as soon as you notice a drop in price, take advantage of the opportunity. There is a lot of flexibility, so you can find a cheap ticket, buying in advance or for a week from now, as prices fluctuate”, he explains.

Still according to the managing partner of Capo Viagens, destinations like Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Arraial do Cabo, Foz do Iguaçu, Porto de Galinhas and Angra dos Reis are good options for those who intend to take short trips in 2023. international destinations, the recommendation is to bet on Argentina and Chile.

April 7th (Good Friday) - Ouro Preto

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Located in Minas Gerais, the city of Ouro Preto carries a lot of history and culture through its streets. The municipality is known for its baroque architecture, which includes squares, fountains and bridges. Orsini's tip is to take advantage of the long holiday of Holy Friday, a time when the region offers tourists a variety of attractions. 

In addition to the religious rites that take over the city, the colorful carpets made by the residents of Ouro Preto, with sawdust and flowers, decorate the streets. Restaurant menus also receive attention on this date, as different fish dishes are included to follow the Christian tradition. 

April 21 (Tiradentes) - Tiradentes 

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Also located in Minas Gerais, the municipality of Tiradentes receives the same name as the April 21st holiday and is a good choice for this date, as it will allow visitors to learn a little more about the country's history. 

Walking around the city is considered a historical immersion, since the architecture still maintains the bucolic aesthetic and cobbled streets, as it was years ago. Tiradentes is a quiet destination, ideal for those looking to relax. On site, it is possible to visit the Sant'Anna Museum, the Ponte das Forras, the Casa Pedro Toledo Museum and the Mangue Waterfall. 

1st of May (Labor Day) - Arraial do Cabo

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Known as the “Brazilian Caribbean” due to its crystalline waters, Arraial do Cabo is one of the recommended destinations for workers who intend to take advantage of the Labor Day holiday to rest. The region has several beaches, dunes, cliffs, restingas and lakes that delight tourists throughout the year. 

In addition, accommodation, gastronomy and nightlife are also strong points of Arraial. Those traveling to the municipality can also visit Búzios, a neighboring city that is only an hour and a half away by car. 

September 7 (Independence Day of Brazil) - Foz do Iguaçu

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Foz do Iguaçu is a destination that pleases visitors of all ages and styles, and can be a good option for long holidays such as September 7th. Located in Paraná, the city has the Iguaçu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and also one of the largest waterfalls on the planet.

The attraction has about 275 waterfalls that form breathtaking landscapes and extend for approximately 2.700 meters, visible from different angles. In addition, in Foz do Iguaçu, tourists can venture out on trails, take advantage of trade and even get to know three countries at the same time, since the city is located on the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. 

October 12th (Day of Our Lady of Aparecida) - Porto de Galinhas 

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For the October 12th holiday, Orsini is a destination that is attractive for the whole family, especially children. Porto de Galinhas, in Pernambuco, is a good option, as it has crystal clear beaches and activities that please people of all ages.

The natural pools are mandatory stops and, on days of low tide, delight the little ones with the wide visibility of fish and corals. In addition, it is also possible to take buggy rides between the beaches in the region and visit the Hippocampus Project, a work of preservation of seahorses. 

November 2 (All Souls' Day) - Angra dos Reis

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On the Day of the Dead weekend, a trip to Angra do Reis can please those looking for a peaceful destination with outdoor activities. Angra dos Reis is located on the so-called Costa Verde in Rio de Janeiro. 

The region is known for the more than 300 islands that join the Atlantic Forest to the Ocean. It is no wonder that the city and tourism in the region have adapted to this characteristic and provide several options for boat, schooner and taxi-boat rides. 

The nature of the region favors the practice of diving, one of the most popular activities due to the crystalline waters and shipwrecks that provide an even more interesting experience for tourists. 

December 25th (Christmas) - Penedo

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Known as the little Brazilian Finland, Penedo is a neighborhood in the municipality of Itatiaia (RJ) that earned this nickname for being the only Finnish colony in Brazil. The city is located between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, being 195 kilometers away from the latter.

The neighborhood is a good choice for those looking for a destination to enjoy Christmas. At this time of year, the streets of Penedo are filled with lights, themed parties and the restaurants include typical food on the menu to celebrate the 25th of December. A curious fact is that there is a replica of Santa's house on site and a sleigh on display every year since 1932. 

international destinations

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For those looking for international destinations on long holidays, Orsini Nascimento's indication is Argentina and Chile. The two countries in South America have extensive areas that encompass glacial lakes, mountains and historic architecture. 

In Argentina there are several tour options. Travelers can go to Córdoba to visit the restaurants, take a tour of Mendoza's wineries, ski in Bariloche, visit Patagonia and get to know the streets of Buenos Aires. 

In Chile, the capital Santiago is the gateway to the country, but tourists can also enjoy the arid lands of Atacama, agricultural regions such as Valle de Casablanca and also the mysterious Easter Island.


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