Bus Travel Belo Horizonte – FORTALEZA (03)
On the Way to Praia de Pipa, nearby Natal (RN).
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Destination Fortaleza, Capital of the state of Ceará.
A report of the bus travel from Belo Horizonte to Fortaleza.
Part 3: On the way to Praia de Pipa, nearby Natal.
One of the first images of the state of Rio Grande
do Norte, we were on the right route.
We had travel one day and a half, from Belo Horizonte, to reach the beaches of Porto de Galinhas. For many Brazilians, Porto de Galinhas is one of the beach paradises, such as Cabo Frio, Búzios, Porto Seguro, Praia de Pipa. Especially the beaches in the northeast of Brazil are very popular. They are admired because of the white beaches flanked by green coconut trees, and warm, turquoise blue water, warm water. We had spent a day at Porto de Galinhas. A somewhat disappointing day, due to the grey sky and the drizzling rain, during the day. Only in the late afternoon, when there were few moments of faint sunshine, we ran to the beach and took our pictures, for the home front. The rest of the cloudy day was spent in the small, touristic city center.
AT night, we found a cheap possibility to take a warm shower. Above a local supermarket, a pousada was offering showers for two reais (75 eurocents). However, there were only two shower rooms available; therefore the queue was quite long. Nevertheless, we were ready to leave to our next beach paradise: Para de Pipa, in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. This Brazilian state is the top of Northeast Brazil; the city of Natal is the capital At night, we had to cross the state of Paraíba, before we would reach Tibau do Sul, near our destination, in the morning. It was our third consecutive night in the bus, we already were considering the bus as our riding home.
It was still early in the morning, when we arrived in Tibau do Sul. We were driving along small settlements, green sugar cane fields; the reeds, moved by the predominant wind, demonstrated a massive wave to us. Northeast Brazil is known for its poverty, but also here we noticed significant differences. Humble huts, made of tree branches and mud, next to colossal country houses, which were surrounded by lush green of well-kept gardens. The closer we approached Praia de Pipa, the more country houses we noticed.Giant billboards tried to lure interested tourists buying luxurious apartments at exotic dream locations. We left the highway, and entered a secondary road. Guardians stopped the bus, but the bus driver did not need to spend much time with them. It is common to notice such guardians at the entrance roads of popular beaches.
The bus followed the secondary road. Small road signs indicated the route. Finally, the bus halted near the entrance to the beach village. There was a large parking lot, where the bus could be parked, for a fare of 80 reais (30 euros). Our bus driver paid the fare, since it already was included in the total bus fare. (For those who are interested: a return trip of more than 5000 for 300 reais, about 120 euros). We quickly left the bus, on our way to the white beaches and the warm, crystalline water.
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
Original text in Dutch, translation with help of Google Translator