Little Blue Dune Buggy, Sandboarding

Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Monday, January 14, 2008

This was a fun day after some very challenging on the road experiences. We awoke to the Italian apartment owner bringing us a basket full of goodies for our breakfast. Yippiee! Nice one amigo.

We managed to rent a cool sand dune buggy for the day that would take us along the coastline north from Natal, Brazilīs īsun cityī to Jacuma, driving through the sand dunes of Genipabu. The driver from Top Buggy Company didnīt speak any English. We travelled with Marcel and Leia, a Brazilian couple who shared the cost of the buggy for the day. Because of the language barrier, the tour was one of those mystery ones where we are unsure of the days events. This time we got lucky with the inclusions.

We stopped at an aquarium showcasing some of  Brazilīs water dwellers and were given a good educational tour. The exhibits included a piranha, grey nurse sharks that we were able to pat in a pool, turtles, alligators, eels, octopus, anacondas, strange fish species like puffer fish, sea cucumbers and also some monkeys native to Brazil.

We sat on the rear end of the buggy feeling like we were extras on Beverly Hills 90210. We were asked if we would like our sand dunes tour īcom emocaoī (with emotion). We agreed and were treated to many thrills as the driver ripped up and down the golden sand dunes almost vertically(some as high as 50 metres), took crazy turns and slipped the wheels down the face of dunes. With emotion means īhold on and clench your arse cheeks cause i am gonna thrash it fast as hell` and he did. There is kind of like a whole tribe of sand dune buggy culture happening in this region and itīs a very popular mode of transport for Brazilians who live near the beach. The buggies are a good way to explore the beach villages and coastline, open air style and itīs possible to go all the way to Forteleza in one. There were some strange sightings of people walking alone, a very long way from the beach up into the dunes to sell sunglasses, sarongs, jewellery and drinks to the buggy tourists. There were also some guys carrying green Iguanas around that you could hold and have your photo taken with. We stopped at a gorgeous fresh water lake in the dunes where people were swimming and relaxing with waiters bringing them fresh coconuts, cocktails (caiprinhas mainly) and beers under shaded tables for a very low cost. We ordered Margaritas. At one point the buggy and us boarded a small raft and were lugged over a water crossing of about 100 metres by a man pushing with a bamboo pole. Next stop saw Nadia sand boarding down a dune and landing in the water with an almighty splash. We also had a ball zip lining down a cable whilst sitting in a harness chair and landing into a lake far below. You were then pulled up the steep slope by a guy sitting in a chair operating a pulley system with what looked like a car engine. Another attraction was the worldīs largest Slip N Slide mat placed down the slope and used as a speed slide. All for 5Reals (US$2.50) each ride. The buggy made itīs way back through towns and villages and along the beach passed coloured dunes.

Fun day for us until we got back to the apartment where we had stored our packs and hit the pavement in the pouring rain to catch a local bus back to the Rodoviaria (Bus Terminal). Exhaustion set in as we planned to take an overnight bus to Fortaleza (9 hours). It was to be a long haul ahead.
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I'd love to go on a sand dune tour. Post pictures when you have them!

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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