By Stephanie Foden, Contributing Reporter
SALVADOR, BRAZIL – Nine states make up what is considered the "Northeast" of Brazil, stretching from sun-blazing Bahia all the way up to unspoiled Maranhão State. A world away from the city beaches of Rio and the urban culture of São Paulo, Northeast Brazil offers something for: thrill junkies, birdwatchers, beach bums and aspiring archaeologists alike.
The massive region, more than twice the size of Central America, is a hotbed for adventure tourism, as it features a variety of climates from tropical marine and palm-fringed beaches to lush dense forests.
Nordeste (Northeast . . .