Fortaleza Off The Beaten Path

  • Some of the beautiful architecture downtown
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    God must have spent a little more time on it.

    by SoccerGirl09 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pedra Furada

    I know, I know, It is beautiful... I lived in Fortaleza for 16 years, and believe it or not, I have NEVER been to Jericoacara. Well... That is going to change... Next time that I go home, I am defenetly taking my husband and inviting some friends to go to Jericoacoara with me. Now, about Jericoacoara:

    Jericoacoara, better known as "Jeri" (the name is too big ) is an Area of Envinromental Proctection. Not until recently, 1985, it turned from a small fishermen village to a seeked tourist spot. In 1994 the American newspaper "Washington Post Magazine" had Jericoacoara on it's list for one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the PLANET. Jericoacoara is located 300km from Fortaleza, and the last 15km of the beach has no kind of roads, so you will need a 4x4 to get by.

    And what does Jericoacoara means?? It came from the "Tupi-Guarani" Indians and menas "buraco das tartarugas" (whole of the turtles). And what to expect from Jericoacoara?? Well, until recently, there were no hotels or anything there. So if you like the big beaches with easy access to things, Jeri is not your beach. Not everywhere accepts credit cards, or there are no ATM's around. There are hotels and restaurants with good food, but nothing is very glamorous. But if you are looking for a place that will take your breath away, and put you in intense touch with the nature, then, this is your paradise. As I said, God must have spent a little more time on it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To wrap it up, Jeri has the best Winsurf of the state, maybe of the country. Besides winsurf, you can always rent a horse and go around the beach, go in a buggy ride, do sand board, rent a boat, go out at night or... Don't do anything... Just relax, and enjoy nature.

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    Go to the city centre on a week day

    by little.cintia Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    It's where you see real local people working or just running around in a rush. And it's all very lively. Men singing "cordel" songs is the most interesting thing to see there. Where they come up with sentences out of nowhere and at the moment they're singing. Check Praça do Ferreira (Ferreira Square) and look for São Luis cinema theatre. It's the oldest cinema place here and it's massive. And don't forget to try out sugar cane juice with the famous Pastel. You'll fall in love! :)

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  • Great fun and a real experience

    by lindinho Written Aug 14, 2006

    The sand dunes at Icarai ( Near Cumbuco ) are excellent. There are several places to rent a beach buggy and enjoy the ride over some real dessert terrain. We did it in rental cars with the tyres flat, something I would not recommend as it cost a small fortune in tyre repairs !!

    If driving to this area people will run out in front of you to offer such trips. They are safe and will offer you help or even to be a tour guide. Feel free to say no, or if you want them to let you pass then simply flash your lights twice and they will leave you alone

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    Christ the King Catholic Church "Cristo Rei"

    by CactusJim Written Mar 3, 2006

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    front view of Cristo Rei
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    This is one of the most beautiful churches in town it is also the church that my wife and I got married in. This church is a must see if you are in Fortaleza. It is very beuatiful and very colorful and it is very well maintained.

    The walls are covered with every saint that you can possibly think of and there are alters in every possible corner.

    The doors are open all day long to come in to visit and pray or they have mass everyday
    Monday - Friday 6:30 AM & 5:00 PM
    Saturday and Sunday 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

    It is located on This is one of the most beautiful churches in town it is also the church that my wife and I got married in. This church is a must see if you are in Fortaleza. It is very beuatiful and very colorful and it is very well maintained.

    The walls are covered with every saint that you can possibly think of and there are alters in every possible corner.

    The doors are open all day long to come in to visit and pray or they have mass everyday
    Monday - Friday 6:30 AM & 5:00 PM
    Saturday and Sunday 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

    The church is located on Rua Nogueira Acioli across from the city square.

    The best way to get there would be by taxi cab. The squre across the street is always full of cabs.

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    Visit the Brazilian Army Cammand

    by CactusJim Updated Mar 3, 2006

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    Me & PVT Garcia that showed us around w/ cannon
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    If you enjoy historical trips and military stuff be sure to check out the 10th Brazilian Army Regiment Command Post. It is located in the downtown area across form the Merchants market and the Cathedral. You will have to ask them permission to be escorted on a tour. Even if your Portugese is bad they will understand. The view is great once you are inside and the Fort is kept immaculately clean and freshly painted at all times. They have a newly opened Museum there that you can visit and of course the Fort itself.

    This is the reason that Fortaleza is names Fortaleza (meaning Fort in English) this fort was constructed to overlook the bay and protect the city from invasion. The huge cannons are still in place and guard over the city to this day.

    The first time I went to the fort to visit when they asked to see i.d. I showed them my U.S. Army I.D. and they snapped to attention rendering a salute. Then instead of the normal private that they assign to show people around out came a Captain and he introduced me to the Post Commander. They spent a great deal of time talking to me about how their troops stacked up and how the place looked. It was a very nice time, they even invited me to attend a training exercise the following day at one of the posts outside the city where I think they have tanks or artillery but I thanked them for the gracious offer and went back to meet my wife who by know was franticly looking for me at the Merchants Market and thought that I had been kid-napped or something, this last visit we were just tourists and the tour went a lot quicker.

    The fort is very beautiful and very well maintained, definitely worth a look.

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    DOWNTOWN do do do do do do do DOWNTOWN do do do do

    by CactusJim Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Some of the beautiful architecture downtown
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    Alright, if you want to find a unique gift or a hard to find item head downtown and let the search begin! Downtown has it all, they have every kind of thing for sale imaginable and most of the time it is really cheap.

    They have stuff for sale downtown that they stopped making twenty years ago, tucked away on the top shelf. There are all kinds of good little sandwich shops and places to get something to eat and something cold to drink so go down and spend the day.

    There is also tons of beautiful architecture downtown, unlike the new stuff that is just concrete. Blahhhh

    Later in the afternoon cool off with a movie at the most beautiful movie theater in Brazil, and relax in the air conditioning after a long morning of exploring. (Check out my Sao Luiz tip for more movie theater information.)

    Just remember to dress for the environment leave all your jewelry at home and carry nothing, no fanny pack, no purse, nothing.

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    I became a beach bum, and I loved it!

    by SilentAssassin Written Jan 19, 2005

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    Just hanging out on the beaches during my trip were one of the many highlights, the beaches were prestine, the people were very hospitable, and overly friendly, and everywhere I went, I was treated like a superstar.. I love Fortaleza!

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    Enjoy Your Vacation, Get Out, Have Fun

    by SilentAssassin Written Jan 19, 2005

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    At the different beaches in the region which you can visit for seemingly dirt cheap, there are TONS of enjoyable things you can do when you get there. I drove boats, rode canoes, horesback riding, parasailing, windsurfing, dune buggy ride... You name it, I tried to do it..

    Fortaleza is REMARKABLE in every aspect, I can't WAIT to go back!

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    Typical beach resort

    by sailornappo Written Aug 30, 2004
    Beach-resort- Morro Branca

    Most outlying beaches that are a "MUST SEE" not too far from Fortaleaza are in combination of being also a resort. This one here in Morro Branco (Praia das Fontes) is typical of many, about 85 km from Fortaleza, and all the popular beaches / resorts can be visited by participating in one of the local Bus-tours that are offered which pick up and return the visitors from their hotel for the daily excursions.

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    Go down the water slide...

    by SoccerGirl09 Updated Jul 7, 2003

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    INSANO Water Slide

    I don't know if this really qualifies as a "Off the Beaten Path Activity" because that is a well known Water park. I just think that you might miss it because usually, the tourists stay pretty much in one part of town, and it is kinda far away from most places. It is 20km from the Airport and 16km from "Iguatemi Shopping" (our biggest mall). Beach Park is not only a Water Park, they also have a resort and you can enjoy the beach, or go to the gift shop. This is a picture of "Insano" (Insane) one of the atractions of the water park. "Insano is the biggestwater slide in the world, it is equivalent to a 14 floor building and you go from 0 to 101km/h in only 4 seconds. My advice for the girls is: If you decide to fo on the "Insano", wear a one piece bathing suit because if you wear a two piece, you might not have it in the right places by the time you get down :).

    And just a quick note. For the natives, Beach Park is very expensive. It is totally designed for tourists. But if your money is the american dollar, it won't be too bad. :)

    The addres is: Rua Porto das Dunas 2734, Aquiraz, CE.

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    Canoa Quebrada

    by SoccerGirl09 Written Jul 1, 2003

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    Also in the east coastline of Fortaleza, Canoa Quebrada, the latter sym­bolized by a crescent moon and a star, and is considered the mystic beach of Ceará. "Canoa", with its colony installed over the "falésías", takes visitors to float between the sky and the sea, and at night turns into a "Babel", where music in the bars is played non-stop. It offers lodging with an ex­cellent infrastructure and international cuisine.

    I have never been there, but I plan to... :)

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    Morro Branco

    by SoccerGirl09 Written Jul 1, 2003

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    I have only been to Morro Branco a couple of times. It is located in the east coasline of Fortaleza. It is famous for their pottery' and wood handicraft. The colorful "falésias and the colorful sand inspires many artists. In the last few years Morro Branco has been one of the most popular sport for street carnival for young adults. You can ride a buggy, enjoy the nightlife, the beach, or just relax.

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    Lagoinha

    by SoccerGirl09 Written Jul 1, 2003

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    Another beautiful beach in the west coastline. I have been there a few times, and the picture doesn't do justice to the place. One of the cool things to do there is to go on a boat ride along the coast.

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    Flexeiras

    by SoccerGirl09 Written Jul 1, 2003

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    Flexeiras, populated by fisherman colonies, has a rustic and quiet scenery for those who 100k for tranquility. I have never been to Flexeras, but I hear it is awesome there. As you can see, it is beautiful!!!

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    Cumbuco

    by SoccerGirl09 Written Jul 1, 2003

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    With extensive beaches and dunes up to 30 meters high, the first prominant spot is Cumbuco beach, 37km from the Capital, surrounded by palm trees and lagoons, situated among dunes with an excellent tourist structure. This local offers several leisure ways, as horseback riding dune buggies, four-wheelers and ultra-lights rentals as well as the traditional raft sailing. The most famous lagoons, are of course "Lagoa do Banana" and "Lagoa de Parnamirim". I have a friend that has a beach house in Cumbuco. Sometimes, we want to get away from town, but not too far away, and we will go to Cumbuco. Somebody brings the beer, somebody bringas the "cachaca", the meat, the pacoca and we spend the weekend barbecuing and having fun. There are lost of holtels and pousadas to stay in Cumbuco. Cumbuco is one of the closest and most known beaches in the west coastline of Fortaleza.

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