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Short Break

Atualizado: 7 de nov. de 2022

Three days into the short vacation and a certain nonchalant disposition hit me. Jericoacoara boasts dunes and mangroves. Dunes like the desert and mangroves which are trees or shrubs that grow in chiefly tropical coastal swamps that are flooded at high tide. Mangroves typically have numerous tangled roots above ground and form dense thickets.

Jericoacoara is a small fishing village, a mecca of windsurfing and kitesurfing, in Ceará, Brazil. Located around 300 km west of Fortaleza. Jeri, as it is better known, is the kind of idyllic place where many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned. It is an ideal place to visit while unravelling, as its inhabitants are cool, kind, and cooperative, and most importantly the ambient is super slick for a meaningful holiday.

We took a scenic tour to the west side of the fisherman’s town by jeep. The weather was perfect, both hot and sunny. The shared transport had other visitors who were swell. Like us they came for the chilled atmosphere, wonderful weather, and incredible while spectacular views all over. The prepared 4x4 SUV took us up onto the dunes, and then back down at other points often steep declines. Of course, it wasn’t for the faint hearted. Instead, it had all the vibes of an adventure.

Jericoacoara dunes and tropical oasis

The following day we were collected at nine o’clock sharp, proceeded to pick up some other excursioners, and then set off for the beaches on the east coast. One stop was at the blue hole, a natural marvel with clear crystal blue water where I had the pleasure to dive into from around five meters height. Lunch was spent at a private beach club called Alchemist on a waterfront restaurant. Since arriving shrimp, lobster, snapper, and other seafood had been consumed, so we decided to have a delicious succulent rump steak. The day was finished observing the sunset!

The Dunes were a sight for sore eyes, as I'd only seen them in films or photographs. It certainly felt like I was reliving the experiences of watching the 1962 epic British film, "Lawrence of Arabia" which stared Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn in the Arabian desert. The scenery was spetacular to say the least. Jericoacoara really is a very special seaside retreat everyone should visit.

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Sight for sore eyes = is an expression that dates back to the 1700s i.e. this idiom implies an appearance so welcome that it heals ailing eyes. It is a relief or joy to see someone. Usually used when expressing delight when seeing someone that hasn't been seen for many years.

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