Fortaleza and Ceara Tours
Northeastern Brazil is the perfect place to enjoy fascinating community experiences in magical surroundings, as well as the vibrant city of Fortaleza. Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceara and draws tourists from within Brazil and further afield with its beautiful coastline, party-like atmosphere and its proximity to stunning smaller beaches and traditional fishing communities. Ceara boasts an impressive 600km of Atlantic coastline, and although famous for its beautiful beaches and undulating sand dunes, the state is also home to mountains, tropical forests and scrubland.
These Fortaleza and Ceara Tours combine visits to traditional local communities with breath-taking coastal scenery and plenty of time to relax on the beach and explore the surroundings. Whether you are interested in regional history, local legends or artisan fishing – or just relaxing and savouring the local flavours – there is plenty to keep busy during day trips and longer excursions.
Jenipapo Kaninde and Batoque communities
For instance, you can spend two days visiting the Jenipapo Kaninde community and learn about their way of life in the most amazing of settings. This indigenous community is nestled between a natural lake and the sea and surrounded by enormous sand dunes and woodland. Here you will explore the area with your guide and enjoy a magical walk down the ‘Enchanted Lake’ where mystical encounters with legends are said to occur. You’ll be able to spend time relaxing in this idyllic environment, swimming in the cool water and strolling along the dune trail at sunset, before heading out to enjoy an authentic regional dinner served inside traditional beach huts.
Another great example is a visit to the Batoque coastal community. Comprised of 320 fishing families, the community has a long history of running conservation projects. You will be shown around the local community by some of its members who will give you an introduction to the history of the region, their environmental struggles and how they defend their ecosystems. You will also be able to refresh in the waters of the vast natural lagoon, or just go for a walk on the unspoiled beaches. In the evening, you’ll be able to enjoy regional dishes in traditional beach huts.
Travel with impact
Many of the communities included in these Fortaleza and Ceara Tours are at the forefront of challenges such as over-fishing, land struggles and tourism projects that destroy the natural environment. These experiences support local communities and their own conservation efforts via the additional income earned through small-scale tourism projects.
These tours are the perfect way to explore this less visited part of the country, experience local life in small community settings and enjoy the endless unspoilt beaches. These culturally enriching yet relaxing tours provide the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Brazil’s big cities and can be tailor-made to suit your individual needs and preferences.