So we basically drove to Vegas for a day. Four hours into the desert of Fortaleza is a tiny town called Jericoacoara, and old fishing village, turned Pousada town. If you take a bus it’s 6 hours, as they drive slower. We’re pros at driving long distances with our kid, and so is our kid. He figured out how to take his snack ball, and “pimp” his binky as a way of entertainment.
Once you’re “there” you actually aren’t yet. As you can’t just drive your car in… well unless you pick up one of the guys standing on the side of the street that will let air out of your tires, and drive the car down the beach for you… best R$30 we spent. It’s a long sandy beach drive into Jeri.
You park your car at the parking lot, as cars aren’t allowed into the city (unless you live there). The city is really quaint, the streets are made with sand, and there are tons of cutesy shops everywhere.
The Pousada we stayed at, Surfing Jeri, had a giant caju tree in the courtyard. There were tons of caju trees everywhere we went up here by the way. I’m glad I didn’t pay the R$18 in Sao Paulo for a small pack of caju fruit, as it’s everywhere here. We picked up a few and ate them when we arrived. You don’t really eat caju, as much as suck the juice from the fruits flesh– perfect for my son who loves to do just that with his fruit. Those are a bunch of Caju fruit piled up.
Now I preface the activity for our first day with the statement, “We are bad parents.” There it’s been said, you don’t need to say more. My husband visited one of the ATV rentals and negotiated down with the owner for an ATV for 2 hours. And then we were off, with our 1 year old smooshed between us. It was soo relaxing he fell asleep. We could tell the foreigners from the Brazilians as well by the looks of shock and panic on the foreigners faces as we passed them.
The reason we took the ATV was to get to this rock arch in the ocean – Pedra Furada. It’s an easy hike in once you get there, and really pretty. At the right time of year you can time it so the sun is right between the arch.
We generally let the little guy run around, the photo below was taken before he decided to run straight for the crashing waves in the arch. I guess it looked like fun.
When we got back, our plan was to hike up the huge sand dune outside of the town. Everyone climbs it at sunset to watch, unfortunately we have a kid, so by the time he was fed and cleaned and we walked out to the beach this is about as far as we got. It was still beautiful.
Jeri really comes to life at night, when street vendors and food stands set up, and everyone seems to come out. Since it’s so hot, it seems like the city wakes up early, then everyone retires to their bed for the afternoon, and then comes out at night.For dinner we ate at Cafe Brasil. Their bread is home made and their sandwiches are delish. Not to mention the waitress totally took our kid off our hands for the meal to play with him. Score! We found our front porch also came to life at night to the trill of our son. A cat, a large frog, and a small frog were all waiting for us.