Destination Maceió, second travel to the capital of the state of Alagoas.
A walk on Gunga Beach. Even on a rainy day a beach paradise.
It was raining incessantly during our boat trip from Barra de São Miguel to Praia do Gunga. We had no other option than to sit together under the big canvas. Fortunately, the boat crossed calm water, we didn’t meet any significant waves that could wet us. The boat anchored at Gunga Beach, a floating staircase was subsequently attached to the boat. One by one, the passengers ran to the nearest shelter that belonged to a restaurant. I was able to walk calmly, since I was among the few who were clever enough to carry an umbrella. This umbrella was big enough to provide shelter for Richard too. Most of the passengers kept waiting under the shelter until the rain was over.
Richard and I, however, decided not to wait and to walk in the drizzling rain. At the horizon, the rain clouds had a lighter color, which provided us little hope that it would be dry soon. And indeed, the rain gradually became less, we even had some dry moments. But there was no sun. We experienced this beach paradise on a very cloudy day, a gray sea, which reminded me of the North Sea, and a rain-soaked beach. Someone had drawn a giant sun on the sand: a tradition that might remind you of superstition. By drawing the sun and its rays, one hopes to change the sun’s mind. Unfortunately, for that day this hope hadn’t become reality….
Gunga Beach has the shape of a long crescent. Behind one end of this crescent, you might continue your beach walk for a longer time, until the mouth of a small river. Of course, you might hire a buggy to reach the river without much effort, but you have to some dozens of reais, about 30 euros. Some of the group didn’t resist this expensive alternative and raced past us to the other end, and returned with the same speed about ten minutes later. I was walking this distance with my flip flops, while Richard was more confident with his sneakers.
Gunga Beach is flanked by an enormous coconut tree plantation. These trees weren’t reaching very high; they are therefore suitable for collecting the coconuts. The nuts were still green and contained coconut water, which is a perfect thirst quencher on hot and sunny days. With the maturation of the nut, water is being transformed into a white substance, which we better know as coconut milk. The green nuts at Gunga Beach seemed to be quite heavy, and they seemed to be ready to drop on the sand. It isn’t hard to imagine that being hit by such a coconut may cause serious problems. The nuts are heavy and may gain enough speed and force to cause at least some severe headache. Therefore, you will not walk under the coconut trees, but at some respectable distance.
Vítor, our talkative guide, already had told us to return to the boat before midday. The boat would carry us back to Barra de São Miguel. Therefore, we had to interrupt our long walk, in order not to miss the boat. Some drizzle was falling again, and the sun hadn’t any chance to break through the heavy clouds. The sun drawing hadn’t sorted any effect. Nevertheless, we fully enjoyed the natural beauty of this beach, even with the lack of sunny moments. It was easy to imagine how this beach paradise would look like under sunny circumstances. As I had experienced last year. Richard would only see that through my pictures of last year. We hastened a bit. According to our European way of acting, we arrived at the boat on time. The boat was ready to depart.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
- Travel in Brazil: ALAGOAS (32). Boat Trip to Gunga Beach (insiderbrazil.wordpress.com)