Heaven on Earth: Jericoacoara

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Nov 02, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Ceara,
Thursday, June 4, 2009

After a rather entertaining nearly 2 hours bouncing around in the back of a 4x4 truck on hard plastic seats while it zoomed over dunes, rivers and about 12km of beach (all while watching a stunning sunset) we arrived with bruised backsides and shaken not stirred guts in Jericoacoara (Jeri for short) for what was to be the most relaxing few days EVER. The truck pulled into the main street, which resembles Sards in PE due to the fact that the streets are sandy, at about 8pm and we are mobbed by posada workers vying for business all promising one more thing than the next one. We shuffled around (Jeri speed) and chose a slightly more expensive but with air con  room and an uninterrupted view of the beach...sorry, I lie...there was a wretched palm tree in our way! We instantly love it here. It is so relaxed and tranquil, everything is quiet and dim because there is no concrete/tar to bounce sounds around.

We wandered around the town a bit and found a nice restaurant for dinner - FRESH prawns fished that day pasta - YUM! Washed down with what will be the first of many Caipirinha's (Rum, sugar, lime and ice) Our conversation covered the topic: how can we live here instead of London...own a posada? own a bar? open and per kilo ice cream shop? :) Satisfied but exhausted we retired to our air conditioned quarters for an early night.

Included in our 15 GBP a night fee was an awesome spread of breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, egg and ham rolls and most importantly, chocolate cake (no wonder I think its heaven here). We amble aimlessly around the town (6 streets) and in and out of shops for the morning until it gets too hot. Got a bit of skype time in with the family and did some groceries to lower the costs even more! we also organised a tour for the following morning, Jeri's signature tour: Dune Buggy rides! wooohooo!

9am our little buggy rocks up with 2 co passengers (a +- duck age Brazilian couple) already in tow and rattling off merrily in Portuguese to us. We are miraculously able to understand about 50% of it *impressed with ourselves = noddy badge*. Also they had obviously had previous experience in charades. Joining a string of other buggy's we zoom off over the dunes and stop in at various locations along the way: swimming in fresh lagoons which are formed from rain water in the hollows of the dunes; creeks with adorable sea horses and massive crabs; beautiful mangrove swamps; steep dunes for sand boarding; crossing rivers on rafts buggy and all; Tatajuba: a town that had to move when it was taken over by a sand dune moving over it, until we get to the final destination, the cherry on top! I'll try in words to describe it but the pictures will do a better job. Its a restaurant but its IN the water...tables and chairs and my favourite, hammocks! Life does not get better than this for me. Oh actually it does (obviously food is involved), lunch was prawns and crayfish during which we were treated to an absolutely belting tropical rain storm for an hour, it was so loud you could hardly hear each other across the table.

Soaked to the bone we were blown dry after speeding all the way back. Our co traveller was not impressed about her mother duck roof high hair do was blown to smithereens, also, she was on the side of the buggy that took the most scary turns and let out a few whimpers every so often, this only added to our joy and amusement, sadists that we are!

What better way to finish a perfect day than with a steak braai! Ian honed in on the built in braai spot the minute we arrived at the Posada and he made the most perfect steaks and spuds ever! Again satisfied but exhausted we collapsed into the air-con for some blissful sleep.

Another main attraction in Jeri is a natural rock arch about 3km away so we took a stroll there the next morning followed by a whole lot of lying in a hammock doing nothing! Stressful stuff. We decided that we should probably get moving on sooner or later although we wanted to stay longer we feared that if we did we would never get to see anything else!

On our last (and HOTTEST, I swear it was about 40 degrees at midday) day we hit the surf! HA HA! Well the surf was about ankle height but we were game for it anyway. We hired a long board and again the pictures speak for themselves.  Ian got it right brilliantly given the circumstances, me...not so much (again, see pics!)

Oh, one last tradition in Jeri is the sunsets. There is one big dune to the left of the town and you get the most perfect view of the sunset everyday. Religiously at about 5:30pm you see a string of little ants marching up to the top of the dune to settle in an watch. Included in the marching ants is a portable Caipirinha bar - 'nuf said. Once again, no words. See pics. One cool thing to note is that very few places in Brazil have a sunset over the ocean due to the fact that most of the coast faces East. Jeri being the little slice of heaven that it is, is in a bay facing West and so you get this treat.

Nice and relaxed and rejuvenated but with long faces we boarded the 4x4 truck back to the real world of overnight buses (bleh!) but new adventures await (yeah!)

Next stop...Salvador via Fortaleza...see you there

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Where I stayed
Posada Por du Sol
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stephancy on

Heavenly Jeri
There are so many lovely pics that I think I'll just make one general comment to say that the whole Jeri experience did indeed sound like a little piece of Heaven, something you can both treasure. I am totally green with envy. xxx

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