In Fortaleza, Brazil we stayed for a few nights around Beira Mar Ave., were a hand made crafts market was opened every single evening. Along the street, there were many people advertising different travel destinations along coast of Ceara. First that got our attention was a small and charming place called Jericoacoara. Jericoacoara (Jeri, called by Brazilians) as we learned later is the most wanted tourist attraction in Ceara too. It is far away from modern world, and offers a quiet refuge into paradise while staying there. Jeri is one of the most unique and beautiful beaches in the world.
It is also a city in a protected and preserved area, which is kept in its primitive state by the Brazilian government. That is why we decided to go there first, and started to look into different ways on how to get there. The most reasonable and safe way we found, was to take a bus operated by Redencao. A round trip will cost you R$ 35.50 ($1 USD =R$1.81 at the time of our travel) per person. This bus stops every morning at exactly 9:15 am in front of the Praiano Palace Hotel on Beira Mar Ave., and takes all tourists that wish to visit Jericoacoara. It is a bus with comfortable seats and with air conditioner. The trip is about 6 hours along the Hwy.
During the trip, you can watch a video or the views outside the window, and admire and be amazed by the size and the number of the cashew trees, and the greens of the sugar cane plantations. We also stopped along the way and had lunch in a very authentic Brazilian outside cafeteria, with very good Brazilian food. After 5 hours, our bus stopped and we had to change it for another one, which was a 4X4 bus, because the Hwy finished at Praia beach. The rest of the trip was very impressive, along the beach and between white dunes.
When we arrived there, many locals came around to propose different options of the available hotels and posadas (small Inn). It is quiet easy to find and accommodate your taste and pockets to the options that they offer. The most expensive and modern is a hotel called Mosquito Blue the less expensive are little pousadas, they are R$ 35.00 per night and up. We picked to a posada called Jeri Brazil, because I really liked its country style. The owner was a friendly woman called Edna. She was the one to cook our meals too. We paid R$ 50.00 a night including breakfast and internet.
Jericoacoara steals your heart with its simple beauty. Its streets are paved with sand. Everywhere you can see, houses adorned with bushes full of colorful flowers and are shaded by cashew and coconut trees. Jeri has just four main streets, along which you can find the restaurants and small gift shops. There also are a few small supermarkets were you can buy the essentials if you need them, and they offer stuff like fresh fruits, snacks, sunscreen, a variety of drinks, etc...
Jeri is full of things to do for the active and extreme as well as for those who wish to relax and recharge.
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