In the beaches of Traição Bay it is very common to find rivers ending in the sea, and this is one of the exits of Mamanguape River...This is the local habitat of the rare mamatti which we call here PEIXE BOI. It takes ages to reach the other edge by canoe, but we made it, thanks to a local which unfortunately I forgot his name!
During the afternoon the sea gets shalow, but it can be dangerous as the tyle can increase in any moment!
June 16th, 2005
The beach of Coqueirinhos has some entrances to two big rivers, Camurupim and Mamnguape, these has marshy and muddy vegetations and the so rare mamattis live in this area...the only way to reach is by canoe, that we can hire in the beach for a short money, this was my transportation to the place where they protect these animals, it took me two hours to get there....
Lots of effort in the oars... and one of my best experience in life!
June 16th, 2005
After two hours of crossing the beach and two rivers by canoe, exactly like the first colonozers did some centuries ago...we finally found the Barra do Mamanguape where the locals preserve the mamattis...But when we got there, the animals got hidden, but it was really important and incredible to visit such a wild place!
June 16th, 2005
Açudes are artificial lakes to provide water for the local population, it stores water from the rain or they change the course of a river to a certain region where the drought is really severe. One of these Açudes are held in the way to the small town of Pedras de Fogo, one of the very unknown cities of Paraiba States, and it gives you many incredible and curious things to do!
It is something about 100km far from João Pessoa, although it seems that you will never get there because the roads are horrible. Getting here, you can relax, sail -just give about R$ 10 (around 4 dollars) to a fisherman and he will take you for a short trip around on his boat). There are Peixes-boi (manatee ) ,because the place is a reserve for them. I myself didn't see any that day! Take some food and drink and enjoy the silence of the place.
It is by Mamanguape River, in a place called Barra de Mamanguape.
But...why is the name of this place "Father Mateus Rocks"? A long time ago, there lived a hermit called...Pai Mateus (Father Mateus). He used to live in this cave. Our guide said people used to come to be blessed by him when they were sick.
This church was first built in 1591.As it is high on a hill, it used to be a fortress. The Portuguese built it so they could observe the coast and a possible invasion coming from the sea. The style of the church is called "Tropical inspiration Barroc". It was built in limestone. Then, in the middle of the eighteenth century, the "Nossa Senhora da Guia Church" was finally finished.
It is located on Lucena Beach, about 30km from João Pessoa.
If you are in Joao Pessoa take an one day to see the sunset at "Praia do Jacarezinho".
There is a lot of bars and they allways put the Bolero de Ravel when the sun comes down.
It is a tradicional place.
In a remote place, far from Joao Pessoa (in fact it takes you about 2 hours to reach there, but we were lost on the road, so it took us more than 4 hours) a tribe of indians called "potiguara" live. In fact, today they have TVs, radios, aerials, etc.
In this area called the Grand Canyon you will find small castles (castelinhos) and lots of different colors of clay, clay the locals collect seperate and they make wonderfull art with it in small bottles. Like drawing pictures, wel it is not easy to describe, please see the pictures for more details.
I can tell you; it is one of the hottest places I have ever been in all my life. I was so thirsty, so hot that I cannot describe it. Please, take a bottle of water when you walk around the rocks and becareful...there are cactus everywhere. But is is really very beautiful.
Inga, about 60km from Joao pessoa, is a misterious place. There is a rock with inscriptions carved on it, from more than 3.000 years ago. They are not painted, so, who made the signs ,why and mainly...how?
The pictures were made on solid rocks as there are no marks of footprints on the ground.
In fact, it is not really a forest, it is a reserve, a protected area next to the town centre. There are butterflies,small animals. It is part of the rainforest.
It is about 200 km far from João Pessoa. It is an area of about 1km, covered with huge round rocks and caves. The people of the region are descendants of the "Tapuias Indians".
Some tourists visit Tabatinga Beach,that's ok, but not many tourists explore it completely. They sit at the bar there and drink, but for those who love discovering new paths, I say : walk around...