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