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Jericoacoara

Beaches in Brazil. 5-Nov-2009 .Traveler Oliveira
Jeriocoacoara, is located in the north of Brazil, only 2 degrees from the equator line, in the state of Ceará.

Jericoacoara was for a long time a beach frequented only by adventurers, that almost unknown beach of exotic indigenous name and of difficult access was together with Fernando de Noronha the dream of freedom and paradise that Brazil had destined only to the more courageous and risky travelers. However, that began to change in the mid-90s.

playa de Jericoacoara
playa de Jericoacoara
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The beach began to appear in mass media, mainly in the United States; someone had arbitrarily chosen it(as if beaches could be ranked based on their beauty) as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Jericocacoara then began to appear everywhere, in the guide Lonely Planet , in the Let's Go , in the funds of photographic productions with spectacular models and in the catalogs of tourist destinations of travel agencies.

Pedra Furada en Jericoacoara
Pedra Furada en Jericoacoara
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The humble fishing village of Cearense began to develop to attract tourism, and from this development it stopped being almost a delirious adventure to know Jeri, no longer ran the risk of becoming infected with any unknown infection and be left at the mercy of the wisdom of some native old woman on medicinal plants to survive, as one of those early advanced travelers who dared to this exotic fishing village at the end of the 80s told me in an anecdote.

Jericoacoara
Jericoacoara
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Jericoacoara is now a rustic but accessible beach, although not as accessible as other more well-known beaches; This fact that has not yet been invaded by mass tourism and keep its charm out of the world. An ideal balance for those who want to combine landscapes of impressive variety away from the crowds, but still with an acceptable, within the modest, tourist infrastructure.

Tatajuba
Tatajuba
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Do not expect club meds or resorts all inclusive here. Do not expect to have too much credit card so it is necessary to make prior estimates of expenses depending on the budget and bring cash. It is possible to find posadas and generally cheap prices especially in the low season, which is between March and June.

Duna de la puesta de Sol
Duna de la puesta de Sol
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Jericoacoara, is an area of ​​environmental preservation, whose objective is to keep the region safe from the ecological damage that the massive arrival of tourists brings with it. Let's not forget that until 20 years ago this place was a forgotten fishing village of the world and in a few years it has become an international tourist destination. It has also been declared a National Park in 2002, which increases the restrictions that seek to avoid environmental and maritime depredation, and it is also planned to implement an environmental preservation rate, similar to what is already happening on Fernando de Noronha Island.

Attractions

Its main attraction are the immense dunes on the shores of the sea, the crystalline lagoons and the impressive geographical variety that includes immense beaches at low tide, inlets, mountains and oasis of tropical vegetation that surprises by contrast with the mostly desert aridity of the environment. Its famous dunes move and mutate with the wind, and it is that same wind that moves the dunes, which makes this beach an international paradise of water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. To this variety rock structures are added, such as the famous pedra furada , an eroded rock formation with a large hole in the middle forming an arch at the edge of the sea that, between the months of June to August, allows see the sun fall on the sea framed by its rocky arch.

The sunset over the sea, is another of the main attractions of the town, this show that is common in South America on the beaches of the Pacific, is rare in Brazilian beaches. I only know three continental Brazilian beaches where you can see a beautiful sunset in the sea, one is Jericoacoara and the other two are Farol da Barra in Salvador de Bahia e < em> Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro.

In Jericoacoara nature and the sun begin their function every day at dusk - very early at 5 o'clock in the afternoon as is usual in areas near the equator - if the horizon is clear, visitors go up in pilgrimage to the gigantic dune to occupy its place on top of that kind of natural amphitheater and contemplate the extraordinary beauty of the sunset; and as in every extraordinary show, applaud at the end.

It is common that there are some people who are disappointed to visit Jeri by the color of the sea, they bring in the imagination the idea that they are traveling to one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world and suddenly a cloudy day arrives after having rained and they encounter a sea like any other, which contrasts sharply with the paradisiacal turquoise they brought into their minds. The color of the sea here, as in many other beaches in Brazil, depends on many factors: the season of the year in which you travel, the wind, the direction and the intensity of marine currents, if there have been recent rains or storms, the state of the tides ... That is why it can sometimes be a turquoise green similar to other beaches in the northeast and other times not so much. On the contrary, the waters of the nearby lagoons ( Lagoa Azul </ em> and Lagoa Paraíso </ em> about 5 kms from the coast - are almost always an incredible blue-emerald color, crystal clear water and very white sand, and the first one also offers some inns and restaurants in its margins.These paradisiac lagoons that connect with each other in a point, remember in some angles to places of the Caribbean or Polynesia. ( See the gaps in the satellite map .) In low season, the solitude of the landscape can be moving, walking on the immense beaches at low tide allows you to pass from the absolute solitude of an immaculate desert facing the sea, the sudden appearance of small oases of vegetation and clusters of coconut trees.

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h3> How to get there </ h3> La al Jijoca de Jericoacoara is located about 300 km from Fortaleza (6 hours by bus in the company Viaçao Redenção </ em>) and without paved roads in the last stretch from Jijoca </ em>, This must be done in 4x4 vehicles or combine with the picturesque Jardineira </ em>, a kind of double-traction truck with seats and open to the sides that travels the last kilometers to Jericoacoara in a trip of about an hour.

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