Jericoacoara is the paradise of chilling and sliding sports, surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. This former fishing village located in the Ceara region is now a big seaside village. It remains for the moment still difficult to access and it preserves it but unfortunately a close airport will soon be opened. Even if it is a bit difficult to access, it remains very touristic and you do not feel off the beaten path.
WHAT TO DO IN JERICOACOARA?
Driving a quad in the middle of the desert and lagoons
We did this day tour with Jeri Férias agency.
After being to Lencois Maranheses, of course we compare and i could say it is similar and different at the same time. It is similar because of the same kind of landscape but different because it is much less natural. Here, even though it is a natural park, there is some installation for tourists. It is of course also super nice to relax on a hammock and eat grilled fish feet in the water 😀
The day begins by driving along the beach and then cross a river on a wooden raft. On the other side of the river, we arrive in Mango Seco which is a dried mangrove. The place is amazing and swings and hammock have been installed and give opportunity to make nice pictures.
After this little break, we continue direction Tatajuba lagoon. We drive for a while and go down some very steep dunes. It is impressive and we arrive at the famous lagoon. Just before we get there, we stop at the top and we are proposed a original activity. They installed a kind of slide on the dune and rent boards to slide on it. It is funny to slide in the water quite far and quick.
Then we go down to Tatajuba lagoon where we enjoy the sun, the delicious grilled fish and maracuja juice and the hammock in the water. Happiness!
The way back is straight back to Jeri going through the dunes. We keep enjoying the beautiful landscape, the dunes, the lagoons and the nice view on the ocean. We don’t get rid of it!
We have to admit that this place is incredible but you should not expect a lagoon left natural and it’s a too bad. Indeed there is a hotel which kind of owned the place and have a restaurant and bar with a bunch of sun-bed. Even though it’s still very nice to relax there for the day, sip some caipirinha, nibble pastels and go cool off in the hammocks soaking in water.
Arche Pedra Furada
There is two options to get there: either by foot along the beach or a carriage will bring you to this impressive arch at the water’s edge. It’s super nice by the beach but beware of the tide, you have to go at low tide. It takes about 1 hour by foot to go directly from Jericoacoara village. There is also a path through the hill that gives a great view. It is better to go early because there is a lot of affluence and the ‘competition of the most cliché photo’ in front of the arch 🙂
Sunset at the dune
It is one of Jericoacoara’s main attraction. Por do Sol is to be done at least once at the top of the dune. There are plenty of vendors to which you can buy cocktails and enjoy fully this magical moment.
It is also very nice to see from the beach like at the Dumundu Bar. From there, you can see the human tide on the dune, it’s impressive and also gives beautiful pictures.
The village is very pleasant to walk around at the end of the day or in the evening. There are plenty of little shops with local produce and beach produce. We quickly realize how small the village is. There are 4 parallel main streets: R. São Francisco, Rua S da Duna, Rua Principal and R. do Forró. These 4 streets lead to the beach.
They are all lively but Rua Principal in particular. There are absolutely all the choices of restaurants and shops.
WHERE TO EAT ?
Chic atmosphere in this very good restaurant of Jericoacoara. We eat in a small landscaped garden.
It is a little bit above average prices but it really worth it!
Nice restaurant located in R. São Francisco. Octopus and filet mignon are delicious. The service is nice and quick. The drinks are also good and nicely decorated.
WHERE TO HAVE A DRINK IN JERI ?
……The Greatestbar Dumundu Bar : really cool bar on the right side of the main beach with concerts every night around sunset. This is the perfect place to sip a caipirinha (cheap!) and eat some lovely pastels at sunset.
HOW TO GO TO JERICOACOARA ?
From Atins to Jericoacoara
Going from Atins to Jericoacora can take several days .. Indeed there is no direct road by the sea. Renting the services of a local that has a 4 × 4 is the only option to make the journey in one shot. It lasts 6 hours starting with a small boat ride, driving on the beach and finally driving on a real road. It is expensive (1000 R $ ~ 300 euros) but it saves a lot of time when making a trip of 2 weeks for example. The price is for the trip and not per person.
From Fortaleza to Jericoacoara
300 km between Fortaleza and Jericoacoara. There is two options:
– By bus: A bus goes from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara 4 times a day for 80R$.
– By 4×4: C’est la solution la plus comfortable mais aussi plus cher. Beaucoup d’agence de Jericoacoara propose le trajet pour environ 400 R$. On peut être jusqu’à 4 et dans ce cas la, le rapport qualité prix est super intéressant. C’est en général un gros 4*4 avec climatisation, très comfortable. Le trajet dure environ 4h.
This is the most comfortable but also more expensive solution. Many agencies in Jericoacoara offer the trip for around R$ 400. The pick-up can take up to 4 persons. It is usually a big 4 * 4 with air conditioning, very comfortable. The journey takes about 4 hours.
More article about Brazil:
→ Discovery of the desert of Lencois Maranheses
→ Paradise island of Fernando de Noronha
→ Video Nordeste Brésilien