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Category: Brazil

Sand Boarding

Unlike surfing and snowboarding, sandboarding is only just becoming a rising star on the “hip” sport front. Competitions are cropping…

Cumbuco

Cumbuco was not a known destination until 2006; when a few European travelers “discovered” the town and decided to capitalize…

Bichos do Brasil

Not quite translated into “the tiny beasts” like it would be in Spanish, in Portuguese bichos refers to animals in…

Burros do Praia

I have mixed feelings about writing about the Beach Donkeys. On one hand they are affectionate and lovable creatures that…

The Boats of Canoa Quebrada

I’m a sucker for photos of boats — particularly fishing ones; and, it was a real pleasure to watch and…

Canoa Quebrada

In 1650, the Portuguese sailer Francisco Ayres da Cunha accidentally stumbled upon Canoe Quebrada when his ship was forced ashore…

The Dunes of Morro Branco

Once out of the cliffs we made our way around Morro Branco in a dune buggy. This was my first…

Das Falésias de Beberibe, Morro Branco

One of the highlights of Northern Brazil was a trip to Morro Branco and Das Falésias (cliffs) Beberibe (the name…

Renda

Where there is a fishing net there is lace. Above is common saying — I’m not sure of it’s validity;…

Manioc and Tapiocas

Many many moons ago, while taking an Archaeology of South America course in university, we learned about a “strange but…

Mercado Central

For some reason, I thought the Mercado Central in Fortaleza was a new edition to the city. I was somewhat…

Samba Drumming

On a rather hot day, I headed to the Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar for a coffee — hoping to…

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