14.12.2012 30 °C
It was time for a break this week from Ilha do Guajiru so we jumped on a bus with some friends and headed 80kms north on an adventure to visit the town of Jerricoacoara (pronounced: Jeri-kwa-kwa-ra.) We were accompanied by our new friends Marion, Ike and David, David is the owner of the guest house we are staying at in Ilha do Guajiru and offered to be our guide for a few days.
Jerricoacoara is an isolated little town set up years ago by hippies and windsurfers because of it's tough access in the sand dunes and it's epic windsurfing conditions. Now it is a bustling little area with plenty of great restaurants and little hotels but is still isolated and tough to get to with great windsurfing. For kitesurfing it is a good place to either take a rest or ride downwind from the nearby town of Prea, we planned to do the latter.
To get there we packed up our gear and went to a town near Ilha do Guajiru called Itarema and caught the local bus. The bus was a beautiful new coach with A/C but unfortunately we booked late so didn't get a seat and stood in the aisle for the nearly two hour ride. At times a seat opened up and Nat could take a break from standing, but for the most part, it was a work out. We got off at the town of Jijoca which was the closest point to our final destination. If you have a minute to look up this area on google earth you will see how huge the sand dunes are and will understand why the coach couldn't get any closer. We transferred to a pick up truck to get the rest of the way, which was only partially successful and he got stuck in the powdery sand on a few occasions. By the time we were on the beach having lunch, it had taken almost 4 hours door to door to travel the 80kms, but we had a nice hotel on the beach and there was definitely more activity here. For sunset we climbed the giant sand dune and watched some other people kite while we drank a caipirinha and relaxed. That night we explored town, eating street food and grabbing cocktails from a few different bars, it was really nice to have the variety after how we have spent the last couple weeks.
The next morning we hired a dune buggy and driver to take us around and find some kite spots to try, we all piled in and headed out. The tide here limits a bit of what we can do so we headed to some fresh water lagoons before riding some bigger waves in the ocean in the afternoon. It was a great day and the whole group made it back in one piece so we counted it as a big win. That night we explored some more restaurants and bars to celebrate our survival. By Friday morning we were all ready to get back to the peace and quiet of Ilha do Guajiru so we packed up and checked out of the hotel. Before we did, Marion had checked her bank account online to discover the bank had made errors on her accounts during unsuccessful ATM visits she had made. This got worse when checked our account and saw similar mistakes. Thankfully David and Marion's portuguese was good enough to make a bit of progress with the bank and 20 minutes more on the phone with HSBC and I think we are on the way to getting it corrected. We had been warned numerous times to constantly be checking online to watch our accounts and want to pass on the warnings for any friends coming this way!!
As we arrived at the bus station David bumped into a truck driver he knew that was willing to make the trip for a reasonable rate back home so we jumped at the chance. Home in time to catch the rising tide and the setting sun for a great last session of the day. Excellent road trip thanks to our new friends.