THE DUNES AND THE DOLPHINS ROUTE (by Car or 4 X 4)

8 days - 7 nights

From Fortaleza to Pipa, along 800 km of beaches, lagoons and dunes, going through  one of the most beautiful and wilder coasts of the nation: the renowned tourist villages of Canoa Quebrada, S.Miguel do Gostoso and Pipa

 

DRIVER / GUIDE IN ENGLISH

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DAY 1: (Fortaleza – Canoa Quebrada)

In the morning pick up from the hotel in Fortaleza: short visit of the artisan market, of the Cathedral and after lunch (not included )in the characteristic fish market, departure along the Costa del Sol Levante of Ceara´state passing through Morro Branco: short walk inside the Monument of the cliffs (colored sandy conformations overlooking the sea) from which the sands used in the crafts of the region are extracted; continuation to the famous town of Canoa Quebrada: visit to the artisans of sand glass designs and transfer to the hotel / pousada. Evening walk along the lively pedestrian street of the town

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DAY 2: (Canoa Quebrada-Ponta do Mel)

Free morning on the beach (where pleasant natural pools form during low tide) and departure for Ponta Grossa, a stand out place known for its restaurants with delicious fish and lobster dishes. After lunch (not included) we head back to the state of Rio Grande do Norte: after crossing the great Rio Mossorò we will reach the Costa Branca (the region with the largest salt reserves in the nation) and Ponta do Mel where, from the top of the Dune Rosa, we will witness a spectacular sunset.

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DAY 3: (Ponta do Mel - Galinhos)

After breakfast we continue our journey crossing the Alagamar Desert (formed by ancient deactivated salt pans) and continuing along the Petroleum road (so called for the countless extraction horses), until we reach the Galinhos peninsula (a small village on the sand where time seems to have stopped over the years): excursion in a typical local boat, to the Capim lagoon, during which you can get to know the region of seahorses, savor the delicious oysters collected at the moment and, before returning to the hotel, taste a delicious lunch (included) served on a floating table immersed in the sweet waters of the lagoon. Possible excursion in a carriage pulled by a donkey (optional and not included) to reach the lighthouse from where you can watch a wonderful sunset.

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DAY 4: (Galinhos - São Miguel do Gostoso)

In the morning, after crossing an arm of the sea that separates us from the coast (20 min by boat), departure, along a road, mostly dirt, passing through the enchanting bays of São Bento and Tourinhos (time for swimming and relaxation ) until you reach the famous tourist village of São Miguel do Gostoso (home of Kite surf lovers). Accommodation in hotel / pousada and free evening

 

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DAY 5: (São Miguel do Gostoso - Natal)

In the morning departure for the lighthouse of the “Calcanhar“, the curve of Brazil (the closest point to Europe in all of South America) and continuation along the northern coast of the state passing by the beaches of Touros and Perobas, where you can do the Excursion by motorboat (only at low tide, optional and not included) to the coral reefs, to dive in transparent waters, inhabited by various species of tropical fish. After lunch (not included) we continue our journey to reach the suggestive Pitangui ‘lagoon and Genipabù beach, where, from the top of the great dune (short walk), we could admire, with the sunset lights, the city of Natal: arrival at the famous tourist neighborhood of Ponta Negra and hotel accommodation; Free evening

 

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DAY 6: (Natal)

Free day of sea and relaxation on the beach of Ponta Negra: in the evening dinner in a typical restaurant to taste the Northeast gastronomy (including and excluding drinks)

 

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DAY 7: (Natal - Pipa)

In the morning departure along the southern coast of the state (beautiful scenic road) until you get to the Bay of the Dolphins (where the sighting of the cetaceans is easy) and then to the paradisiacal lagoon of Arituba (time for swimming in fresh and crystalline water); continue for a rural area of the interior until you reach the enchanting beach of Tibau, between the sea and the lagoon: after lunch (not included) we will continue on the top of the cliffs (panoramic view of the coast) until you reach the famous tourist village of Pipa where you stay overnight

 

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DAY 8: (Pipa - end of programming)

Day of sea and relaxation on the beach (where during the low tide pleasant natural pools are formed) with the possibility of a short walk to the famous Praia do Amor, or make the excursion by boat (optional and not included) for dolphin watching . Transfer to Natal airport and end of programming

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TRAVEL NOTES

GUIDE SERVICE

The accompaniment of english staff is guaranteed throughout the program (also as a driver in the case of a regular car) and expert local guides during excursions

TRAVEL PERIOD

Valid from February to mid-December (in the months of May, June and July, due to prolonged rainfall, the journey with a utility car may undergo changes due to the road conditions encountered); Carnival, Easter and national and local holidays are absolutely excluded

BEST DAY TRIP´S START (1st day of the program):

Whenever

TRANSPORTATION

Regular car (up to 3 people) Dobló 7 seats (4 and 5 people) or Land Rover 4 x 4 (from 2 to 5 people) excluding the Natal / Pipa section (only by car)

VACCINATION NEEDED

None

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

sun protection lotion, hat, rain coat, mosquito´s repellent;

INCLUDED

  • Personnel as driver/guide in english language (as better indicated on Travel Notes)
  • All the private transfers following the tour
  • All the private tours and excursions described in the program
  • All nights of hotel sharing a double room (shared with another participant), breakfast included, medium / higher category structures among those that will be indicated later (subject to availability on the chosen dates)
  • All meals indicated like included or “in a typical restaurant” ( beverages excluded)

EXCLUDED

  • International or domestic flights to arrive or leave the cities of beginning or leaving the country
  • Overnight in Fortaleza (1st day)
  • Supplement to use the rooms in the hotel on the last day (late check-out) after regular hours (12:00)
  • All meals (except if it´s specified differently in the program) and all the beverages (even in  meals included)
  • Optional excursions and extensions to the program
  • Unscheduled or personal travel
  • Travel insurance (in case of death, travel cancellation, medical expenses, repatriation)
  • Tips and everything not listed in the program;

RATES PER PERSON

For a group until 4 people (for lower or higher groups only under consult)

EXTENSIONS OF THE PROGRAM

Ceara

Possibility to extend your stay in Canoa Quebrada, Galinhos or Pipa with free days on the beach and additional excursions

From Fortaleza transfer (with tourist bus or 4 x 4) to Jericoacoara where you will spend the night; optional dune - bugy excursions to Laguna Paraiso and Pedra Forada; return to Fortaleza

From Pipa we will travel along the coast of the state of Paraiba and its capital João Pessoa, until we reach the historic city of Olinda, from where we start to get to know the paradisiacal beaches of the Coral Coast with the famous resorts of Porto de Galinhas and Maragogi

PRICE STARTING FROM

(With group base of 4 participants) ***

Tour*

Euro 583,00

Exchange rate with BRL = Euro 5,50

Tour supplement in 4 x 4 *

Euro 138,00

Exchange rate with BRL = Euro 5,50

* values ​​per person in Euro to be reconfirmed at the QUOTE REQUEST, based on the exchange rate with the local currency (BRL) at the time of the confirmation of the program.

***  For different number of participants, to be requested through the  QUOTE REQUEST

HOTEL STRUCTURES USED

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