Paradisaical Maragogi Beach – II
Destination Maceió, second travel to the capital of the state of Alagoas.
More photographs of Maragogi Beach, located between Maceió and Recife.
Coconut palm trees flank Maragogi Beach.
While mosto of our fellow travelers were amusing themselves among the coral reefs, Richard and I stayed at Pontal de Maragogi. When it was almost midday, we started our walk to the village of Maragogi, a few kilometers away. This walk has been described in the previous episode. Then we took some rest and had our simple lunch, which consisted of bread, cake and soda. It was about time to make another long beach walk. We walked in northern direction, toward the border between the tiny state of Alagoas and the much larger state of Pernambuco. Of course, we didn’t reach that border: that was still dozens of kilometers away.
A blue sky, azure blue ocean water, a pale white beach…
The day had a cloudy start, when we were on the bus. However, in the morning, the clouds slowly disappeared. At noon, the sky was blue, with some little clouds. It was warm, we felt the winter sun burning on the white skin. We repeatedly had to use sunburn cream in order not to burn. When we were about to start the walk, the owner of a rental of beach buggies approached me. He suggested to hire such a buggy for 30 reais only. For European tourists, 30 reais (12 euros) is peanuts, but for Brazilians it is quite expensive. Also for me. Besides, I prefer to walk, even for some hours. Like last year, when I joined three friends on their walking trip from Coruripe, along pristine beaches. Coruripe is also located in the state of Alagoas.
Beach sand at Maragogi is clean and very bright, almost white.
We politely refused the generous offer of this buggyman, and started our walk. There was almost no one on this beach. Except some local villagers, children, and even a lonely cyclist. Yes, a cyclist on the beach! He wasn’t cycling on loose beach sand, but over the thin water film, where the sand layer is firmer. A weird experience, to observe this kind of water biking. He skillfully maneuvered his bike through the water and quickly went out of our sight.
Many locals along the beaches in Northeast Brazil (and beyond) are fishermen. They make use of big fishing rods, as I have seen those at the beach of Praia do Francês. Or they use big nets, which they throw in a special way. The net spreads over a large surface. Sometimes they use small fishermen boats. You will observe them at any Brazilian beach. Flatboats, so-called jagandas, with or without a sail. Some boat have a seat, as if someone had attached a chair in the middle of such a boat. If fact, it is the fisherman’s seat; he will sit on it, while waiting for hours for his bait. The fishermen have to be very patient. Or they might go a bit further from the shoreline and use their big nets.
A jaganda, typical for this region
About ninety minutes later, we decided to walk back. The wide beach was already partly covered by the rising water. Fortunately, there was a narrow sand strip to walk on with ease. At a large beach house, close to the shoreline, there was a fair-haired dog. This dog, with long ears and enthusiastically swishing tail, wandered around. Tot our big surprise, this beach dog was following us all the way, at some respectful distance. Just before our arrival at Pontal, it silently disappeared.
Brownish water because of heavy rainfall
The flatboat had returned from their trip to the coral reefs. Our fellow travelers didn’t want to lose a single second of this sunny and warm day, and decided to stay on the beach. They quickly confiscated the beach mats, that were made of palm leaves. The ladies wanted to gain some more tan. While Dutch women generally try their very best to disguise the bikini marks, the Brazilian ladies try their very best to obtain clear bikini marks. Their family members and friends then would admire these marks, they understand that the ladies had a very sunny holiday time. Europeans might be surprised to notice that also darker tanned and black Brazilians use sunburn cream, even with factor 30 or 50. To prevent a darker tan. Brazilians with a light skin aren’t very eager to become tanned too much. As if they realize that they were born with this light skin, and that they should accept and respect it.
A different approach of surfing, as it seems..
Our bus travel back to our hotels in Maceió as scheduled at four-thirty. Usually, as is common in Brazil, most people would then arrive at the bus park at about five. It was quite surprised that almost everyone was ON TIME. Only a few arrived a few minutes later. This travel group seemed to be quite disciplined. What a contrast with other travel groups, which I had joined in the past! These groups, most of them were students, had the reputation to arrive VERY late. At least half an hour, sometimes one hour, or even hours! The bus trip back to Maceió was without problems, without much traffic. There was only some more traffic near the hotels. It was already dark when we got out of the bus. We quickly went to our rooms, for a refreshing shower. Our stay at Maragogi Beach was unforgettable, but I should return in summer, and take a flatboat trip to the coral reefs.
A faithful dog followed us for some kilometers
Not far from Maragogi Beach, on the way to Maceió.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom