Destination Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco.
4. Bus travel from Porto de Galinhas to Gaibu.
It was hard to sleep on a parked bus. In addition, a swarm of aggressive mosquitoes had located us and were very active that night. Since the bus was parked just outside the village center of Porto de Galinhas, it was very quiet at night. The bus was locked, but we had our windows opened and the curtains closed. It was pretty warm, about 25 degrees. At about six am, we all awoke. Thanks to the noises at the start of another day, and to the rising temperature on the bus. We quickly took ingredients for breakfast at the small supermarket, and less than thirty minutes later, we were on our way to another beach resort, which is less known among (international) tourists: Gaibu. It was still too early to arrive at the campus in Recife. We were expected there at night. Therefore, we decided to spend another day at the beach. I would have opted for the much enchanted Maragogi Beach, but the majority agreed with the bus driver’s suggestion: Gaibu Beach.
Gaibu is a district of the municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, which is part of the Metropolitan Area of Recife. The distance between Gaibu and Recife is about 30 km. From Porto de Galinhas, the distance was 42 km. Gaibu, a Tupi word, means vale do olho d’água, the ‘valley of the water well’. The beach is amongst the most popular in the state of Pernambuco. However, in contrast to Porto de Galinhas and Magogi with advanced tourist infrastructures, Gaibu lacks most of the essential infrastructure, such as a sufficient number of hotels and pousadas, paved roads, good sanitation. Instead, there are many bars, little restaurants and barracks along the beach. At present, Gaibu is more suitable for a one-day visit, especially for surfers. The crystalline waters are quite dangerous for swimmers because of treacherous currents.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom