Last year a friend of mine got married in Recife, Brazil. I had never been to South America before so I was not only excited for the wedding but also to check another country off my list! As usual I took my sister along as my plus one, and we had an absolute BLAST!
We decided to splurge on first class tickets this trip, and it was 1000% worth it. We also wore matching sweatsuits on the plane – because why not?
We had a layover in São Paulo before heading to Recife so we did some self care to make sure we stayed awake. Flying into Recife I was amazed at how big the city was (which makes sense now knowing there are over 4 million people!)
We checked into the Hotel Atlante Plaza when we arrived and then headed out to explore and attempt to stay awake and beat our jet lag.
The next morning we met up with a group of people in town for the wedding. First, we went to the Cais do Sertão museum which is located on Recife’s waterfront. Thankfully my friends cousin joined us, because no one at the museum spoke English, so he helped translate everything.
After the museum tour, we went to try some traditional Brazilian food and drinks! I am a big fan of the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.
After lunch we checked out Marco Zero Square then took a boat tour to see the city by water! Highly recommend doing this if you go.
The next day was my friends wedding which was in the most beautiful venue! It was so fun getting to meet her family and all of her husbands friends who traveled from France.
The day after the wedding, a big group of us met in the hotel lobby to head to Olinda. This town had some incredible views and was not far from Recife. After finding a delicious spot for dinner we began our journey to Porto de Galinhas which will have it’s own post coming soon!
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