Destination Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceará.
Episode 6: Caucaia Beach, near Fortaleza.
West of Fortaleza, the shoreline (of Ceará) is called ‘Litoral do sol poente
(sunset)’. Caucaia is located near Fortaleza, far right.
Cumbuco or Caucaia?
Our second morning in Fortaleza started with heavy downpours. We had nothing to do than to wait until these rainstorms were over. As a result, we were no longer able to travel to the famous Cumbuco Beach with the white dunes. We had to opt for another destination, closer to Fortaleza. A bus travel to Cumbuco would last two hours, but to Caucaia beach would be reached within one hour. On our way to the bus stop, we sometimes had to jump over wide pools that still reminded us of the heavy rainfall. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait too long for the bus. We had to close the windows in order to prevent splashing water enter inside the bus. Sometimes, it looked very spectacular when the splashing water reached a few meters high. Fortunately, there were very few bystanders or cyclists on the road…
For us it was a delight to notice the sun after the heavy rain showers. We arrived at Caucaia and went to the nearest barrack near the lake, just behind the shoreline and the dunes. This lake was not very clean; therefore, it was not recommended to swim in there. But, according to the barrack owner, the water was clean enough to wade through. Another heavy but short rain shower followed, the final of that day. We took shelter under the large thatched umbrellas, while we took some snacks and drinks. When the rain shower was over, we left the barrack, and walked to the beach. The beach was clean, with yellowish white sand. Small, scarcely grown dunes of one, two meters high flanked the beach. You don’t need much imagination that ocean water may come over these dunes during heavy storms, and may inundate the land immediately behind.
We made a long walk, more than three kilometers long. We stopped at a pavilion and took some rest, We had bought some fresh shrimps from a vendor. These shrimps were somewhat small, but delicious. Three friends had started to create some turtles with beach sand. One adult and three baby turtles. Turtles are found along the Brazilian shoreline, but they are not very common. At certain locations, turtle stations take care of these slow reptiles. This project is called TAMAR, and is located in Praia do Forte (Salvador), and Praia de Pipa (Rio Grande do Norte), among others. Tamar stands for Tartaruga Marinha, the sea turtle. Brazilians have much sympathy for these endangered animals. At about three pm, we had our meal in a restaurant. We then took the bus back to the city of Fortaleza.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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