Finally in Jeri!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
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Trip End Jan 19, 2007


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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Up at 6 am this morning to sort out a buggy and eventually did find one for 170 Reals to take us to Jeri via Lago Tatajuba. We said goodbye to Acassio and Rennan who promised to meet us in Jeri tomorrow at 11am and give us the money back.

Got the ferry over the river to the dunes and started driving over them which was great fun and a lot more comfortable than a wooden plank! Stopped for a few photos before a walk around lake tatajuba where you can sit and have lunch or a drink with your legs in the water. Decided to give it a miss as by now we just wanted to get to Jeri. Sure enough by about 11am we were there and found a good pousada which was also the cheapest - Pousada por do Sol which is near the entrance of the town by the big main dune where you watch the sunset. Our ensuite room was 40 Reals (10 quid) and the place has a nice sit out area with hammocks and sunbeds too. Although we had enjoyed our somewhat lengthy journey to get here I was so happy to actually arrive!

After a wander around the few sandy streets here to see whats what we had some fish for lunch and then had a siesta. The town is not huge but is definitely a tourist place and little else and I was glad we werent here in high season as its quite quiet now and certainly less expensive. There are some pretty posh hotels and restaurants here if you want them but we are cheapskates and there are some cheapy places too. You can def see that it was a hippy town not so long ago but is now quite up class now. It is nice to chill out but it is pretty touristy and doesnt seem very real if you know what I mean.

At about 5ish we headed out and slogged our way up the towering sand dune nearby to watch sunset with a bottle of cheap red wine I have been lugging around since Venezuela. At the top of the dune were lots of people and a few sandboarders heading down the very steep slope. It was very windy which made it slightly difficult to open a bottle of wine and pour it out into plastic cups (classy eh?) After a few photos we went down to the bottom (well I slid down to protect the wine). Was nice after the sunset that people clapped.

Later had dinner and an early night as still knackered from last night.

Yesterday after nice breakfast at hostel we chilled out for a while and having established that there was no such thing as the Pousada Jericoacoara (surprisingly!) that Acassio had arranged to meet us at we watched all the vehicles coming into town in the vain hope we might get our money back! No prizes for guessing what happened. We then went for a swim down the beach which goes on for miles and is shallow for ages. Later in the afternoon we decided to hire out some horses for a couple of hours to go to the nearby orangey stoned arch further east along the coast. We walked out of town and up a hill to see the fantastic view of the dunes as far south as the eye could sea. Dave´s horse was somewhat lazy and refused to go any faster than a walk whilst mine didnt seem to like the wind which is a bit of a problem here since it is very windy! After an hour we gave up and went home. This has now ended our plan to stay at an estancia in a few weeks time and horseride! Esp as Dave is pretty allergic to them.

We also established that our bum wounds from the previous days trips had been reawoken so were in pain again!

For sunset we walked further down the beach and saw the fishing boats silhouetted by the orange glow whilst we drank capirinha (great drink which we will def bemaking at home!). Then went further down the beach where a circle of people had grown around some locals playing instruments and capoeiraing (an acrobatic martially arty thing which looks ´Matrixesque´ and is very impressive). After dinner and an icecream I tried a banana capirinha from the beach sellers which was not as good as the traditional onews (with lime and sugar) but they are very strong!
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