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Fortaleza, 5-8 October 2008

10 hours on the overnight bus. Even with jumpers the air con was freezing cold (no blankets provided on this bus). Local bus to Iracema beach suburb. Not pretty, but then neither is Fortaleza! Its the 5th largest city in Brazil (2.4m)

Pleasant pousada run by a Swiss guy with 35 rooms but very quiet. Comfortable and good breakfast included. In contrast to elsewhere, not helpful when asked for info on how to get to plces, good restos, etc.

Arrived Sunday on municipal election day. Finally, after weeks of blaring loudspeakers with propaganda and music, it was quiet - and a ¨dry¨ day!

Went into town on Monday - no tourist sites but turned out to be quite interesting. Self service lunch upstairs in Lescale raised the tone. Great selection of salads, vegs, hot dishes, grilled meats. Found the Mercado Centrale which turned out to be 4 floors of tourist shops (but practically no tourists at the moment). We did all four floors! Finally, caught local bus out to Muricipe where they bring in the fish - lots of jangadas (primitive sailboats)

Next day went out on the bus to Cumboco beach (35 kms). It is likely to be the last sea we see for 2 months! Camera batteries packed up so did not get photos of the action ... loads of kite surfers + buggy tours, horse rides, trips out on jangadas.

Fortaleza Rodoviaria (Bus station)

Fortaleza Rodoviaria (Bus station)


Fortaleza - Iracema Beach 1

Fortaleza - Iracema Beach 1


Fortaleza - Iracema Beach 2

Fortaleza - Iracema Beach 2


Fortaleza - Downtown 1

Fortaleza - Downtown 1


Fortaleza - Downtown 2

Fortaleza - Downtown 2


Fortaleza - Mercado Central - 4 floors of shops!

Fortaleza - Mercado Central - 4 floors of shops!


Fortaleza - Self Service Lescale

Fortaleza - Self Service Lescale


Fortaleza - Self Service Lescale - Drinks Prices!

Fortaleza - Self Service Lescale - Drinks Prices!


Fortaleza - Modern Cathedral

Fortaleza - Modern Cathedral


Fortaleza - Mucuribe 1

Fortaleza - Mucuribe 1


Fortaleza - Mucuribe 3

Fortaleza - Mucuribe 3


Fortaleza - Mucuribe 2

Fortaleza - Mucuribe 2


Cucumba 1

Cucumba 1


Cucumba 2

Cucumba 2

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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