updated 1/13/2010 10:59:44 AM ET 2010-01-13T15:59:44

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Recife on American Airlines; two nights at the Hotel Atlante Plaza in Recife; a flight to Fernando de Noronha on Varig or Trip airlines; four nights at the Pousada Zé Maria in Fernando de Noronha; breakfast daily; a sightseeing cruise around Fernando de Noronha; a tour of Olinda, a historic city north of Recife; transfers; and hotel taxes, from $2,898 per person—plus about $157 in taxes.

When: Through March 30. Note that dates over Brazil's Carnaval celebration (Feb. 12–16) will be more expensive.

Gateways: Miami.

The fine print: Does not include about $157 in taxes per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is available on request and varies by travel dates. Bookings can only be made by phone. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: JustBrazil, 877/468-8707, justbrazil.com.

Why it's a deal: In order to calculate the cost of the airfare segments of this package, we searched for two separate flight routes on Kayak for travel in early February—one round-trip between Miami and Recife ($1,973 on United) and another round-trip between Recife and Fernando de Noronha ($1,015 on Gol Linhas Aereas).

The total comes to $2,988 per person for just the flights. For $67 more per person, including taxes, this package from JustBrazil covers the flights as well as six nights' accommodations, transfers, and a few sightseeing activities, with the convenience of all-in-one booking. Although the rate will be higher during Brazil's popular Carnaval festival, this trip offers an affordable way to see the area just before or just after the celebration—when the hotels and streets won't be so crowded.

More: This tour is completely customizable, so nights can be added in Recife or Fernando de Noronha, although for the latter you'll need to plan ahead; only a certain number of people are allowed on the island each day.

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