Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Lynn paragliding, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Coming in to land, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggies, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggies, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Gathering of Dune Buggies, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Dune Buggy, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Beach, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

David on beach, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Beach and kite surfer, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Bringing the beer supplies, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

David and sign, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

David and Dune Buggies, Canoas Quebrada, Brazil


Wednesday 19th March 2014

Praia da Pipa to Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

Today we set off after breakfast from our pousada near the beach. It was raining heavily early but had eased off by the time we left in a fleet of taxis back to the truck which was parked in a parking area near the edge of the town. We then drove north. It rained quite heavily for about 3/4 of an hour as we drove along but by the time we arrived at Canoas Quebrada, a town famous for coloured sand dunes, it was fine - very breezy down by the beach as we took a walk late in the day. The beach itself is under some cliffs with a long rickety flight of wooden steps as access. The people running the para gliding tried to convince us to go for a ride then but it was just about getting dark, so we declined. Back to our room for a drink then out to dinner at a very nice fish restaurant after not being able to find the cheapie per kilo restaurant (afterwards found out that it shut before we arrived for dinner). Then home to bed around 10:00pm.

Thursday 20th March 2014

Canoas Quebrada, Brazil

After a late lazy breakfast in the hotel, we went out for a long walk along the beach for about 2-3 hours. The beach is very long with beautiful fine white sand initially next to red sand cliffs and then next to low to medium height sand dunes. There were several bars with chairs and umbrellas but, as we walked on, the beach became empty with only a handful of people walking. At one part there was a small lagoon with a few people swimming. Up on the dunes were 4 giant wind turbines - the far end of the beach in the other direction had more than a dozen wind turbines. We had decided to walk to the point so we could see what was around the 'corner' but there was just a further length of white beach stretching into the distance. So we turned back and walked back to where we had first descended on to the sand. We stopped and had a beer at a bar on the beach and then after a short break back in the hotel we went back down to the beach area as Lynn had decided to do the para gliding. The day was fine and breezy - good for para gliding - but we think it is probably windy every day here. So Lynn paid and waited for her turn to go. A couple of others from our group also were there waiting. David and a few others from the trip sat on the wall watching. Lynn enjoyed the experience: she was sitting in a harness connected to the 'pilot' and the wind just lifted them off the cliff. They soared away, initially down over the beach bars, just skimming over the roofs. They zoomed down the beach, sometimes over the edge of the water and then lifted up over the sand dunes. Then, turning, they zoomed back along the beach - repeated the whole exercise down to the beach end again and back to the start - and then the ride was over. The landing was very smooth and Lynn had a great time pretending to be a bird! After that, we walked up to the town for a well deserved ice cream then back to the room for a rest, then out to dinner. It gets dark here at about 5:45pm, but the town comes alive after dark when people go out to restaurants and shops and sit around chatting.



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