Ok! Let’s start from the beginning! The bus ride from Fortaleza to Jijoca was ok, took about 6 hours for the 300 km.
I had the cutest older man besides me on the trip, Francesco, who took care of me looking if I had the seatbelt on, if I was thirsty, when we stopped for lunch he helped me order and paid for my lunch, and he let me try the typical Brazilian “pão da moja”. Like a tamal but vegetarian and good vitamins!
There were no problems finding buggy car from Jijoca to Jericoacoara and it costed 10 reails. We went through the desert and the sand dunes, saw wild cows and wild donkeys. So fun people aboard, met one Argentinian who had been living here for 4 years (halv year here, half-year somewhere else), a Rio De Janeiro-man who also had been living here for 4 years and were now going to open a restaurant, and a 17 year old half german half Brazilian whose mother moved to Jericoacoara about 3 months ago. Such a good vibe! I was so excited and in such a good mood and I hadn’t even arrived in Jericoacoara yet!
But I did – and wow! First, I accidentally dropped my wallet in the sand and didn’t notice it – and a guy came to me with it! So nice to be in a good place again.
All the streets are made of sand – the whole city is like a beach! And everyone walks in flipflops. So relaxed!
Jericoacoara is (or was) a small fishing village in the state of Ceará. it is known as the kind of idyllic place many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned. There is about 3000 people living here now, and about a third are foreigners.
Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared Environmental Protection Area and it became a National Park in 2002.
I met up with my host Erasmo and his brother Glaube at the super market. Both are Brazilians but they also speak Spanish, French and English very well, because there are so much foreigners here.
We went to Erasmos room and left the bags. Erasmo is an handcrafts-man, he starts to work about 17 in the main street selling his work. I bought a anklet-bracelet (love it) and went for a walk around Jericoacoara – down to the beach to watch the sunset. Lovely.
Then I went home to fix some stuff and I met a Nepalese-German girl, Rodina, who also were couchsurfing at Erasmos place. We went out to have dinner at Kafila, and I had a delicious falafel for 10 reales. At the restaurant I also met the 17-year old german-brazilian guy hehe, yes this is small!
Rodina were supposed to leave that night, she had her ticket and everything packed, but she wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready for it, so she rescheduled it like 30 minutes before to stay 2 more days, haha.
I really like the vibe here. It’s like a mix of Holbox and Isla mujeres. Duilio would love it here!! There is not allowed to have street lights at night, so the lights only comes from bars and shops and the moon. There are 4 principal roads here and sand everywhere, nothing is paved!
Erasmo told me that there is two kind of people here – the ones that lives during the day – the windsurfers, kite surfers etc and the ones that lives during the night – the musicians, artisanians etc. And they barely know each other, it’s two total different enviroments :)
At night we hanged outside a beach bar where there was live music and nice hang out.
I was so tired so I went home around 3.30 when it started to be a little bit of a meat market. :p
Next day I woke up by my alarm at 11 and walked down the beach. I had breakfast at Casa de Pedra, a juice of “Abacaxi”, a fruit I hadn’t tried before but the waiter said she loved it- and then a Tapioca – which is like a pancake made of tapioca flour – with coalgo-cheese and goiaba-fruit. Delicious!
I went down to the beach and I must say this was my first disappointment – it was not that white sand and turquoise water I had imagined and seen in the pictures haha. But it’s a nice beach, it’s just that it’s SOOOO windy!!! The sand really hurts when it hits the skin.
It’s perfect for windsurfers – apparently the windsurfers paradise. There are all professionals and it looks soooo cool and soooo fun. They go so fast and do jumps and everything. I talked with a woman who had been doing it for 10 years here in Jericoacoara, and she showed me to the best club to do beginners lessons, so I booked one class for tomorrow :) Expensive, but I think it will be worth it!!
Then I met up with Rodina (nepa-german-girl) and she made me try Acai – (“whaaat??? You haven’t had it yet?? You must!”) haha. Acai it’s a mixed fruit, and it’s ice-cold almost like an ice-cream, and served with granola and banana. Really good, gives lots of energy!
We watched the sunset from the beach and then walked around a few stores, looking at all the amazing stuff with hand-made things. We went home for a shower and then had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant – and it was a buffet – pay for what you eat. Apparently very common here in Brazil, good thing! And the food was delicious!!! : ) I had a Tamarindo-juice, haven’t had that since Mexico!
At night we sat for a while with Erasmo at his jewelry-stand, together with two French girls and later when Erasmo quit his work, we went to a Samba Party where there was a local band playing Samba and people dancing.
It was really crowded and a lot of people from Fortaleza was there because it’s holiday and nobody works this Friday hehe.
We hanged out with two Fortaleza-girls, the two French girls, three chile-girls and three Spanish girls. Haha. Multi-cultural!
Me and Rodina also got surrounded by younger Fortaleza kids who were super interested in us , they were like 10 people just asking us hundreds of questions haha. One guy had been an exchange student in Spain and he introduced me to a girl who looooooves Spain and Barcelona and really wanted to talk to me because I’m from there :) So sweet! They also said that I should keep in mind of the similarities between Rio De Janeiro – Barcelona and Sao Paolo – Madrid. Haha. :)
Very nice night, but I went home after the Samba party that ended at 2, because I had windsurf-class booked at 9am!