Driving Dunes and Beaches in Northeast Brazil

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The coast of Northeast Brazil had us blown away. What we thought was going to be a short visit – we’re not that much into beaches – we stayed 2 months. After the stunning Lençois Maranhenses National Park (read here & here) we drove east and hit the coast. All the way to Fortaleza we drove on the beach, off-roading through shifting sand, crossing rivers on rickety, hand-powered ferries, and rough-camping in vast landscapes.

All the way to Fortaleza we drove on the beach, off-roading through shifting sand, crossing rivers on rickety, hand-powered ferries, and rough-camping in vast landscapes.

Dune Driving from Lençois Maranhenses National Park to Tatajuba

Beach Driving & Using Hand-Powered Ferries between Tatajuba & Jericoacoara

Beach, Dunes & Streams From Jericoacoara to Fortaleza

Other Adventures along the Coast of Northeast Brazil

From Limes to Caipirinhas
Our challenge: how many caipirinhas were we going to have to drink in order to use 100 limes?

Life along Brazil’s North Coast
It’s a day of passing through fishing villages: hamlets with one-story houses of adobe, mud brick or stone and plastered in some bright color.

Seahorses
“Hippocampus” comes from the ancient Greek hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster”.

From No-gos to Paradise
More dunes and sand. We’ve had our share of those today and it hasn’t exactly been as I had expected it to be.

Looking peaceful, not sure if the punters agree.

Rough Camping in the Dunes
We backtrack the 32-kilometer-long path with shifting sand we took two weeks earlier to get here.

Exploded Battery

We fall silent. What kind of an incredibly friendly gesture is that? And what a confidence in total strangers, too. I am touched by his proposal.

From Dunes to a New Guesthouse

It’s the typical chat about our journey, the dangers and beauties of the world, and the differences among our vehicles.

Edited to add in 2016: Read the full Driving Dunes & Beaches story on Expedition Portal.

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