Today was my last day in Brazil and I knew I was off to a great start as I rolled out of bed and stepped on something… crunchy. I slowly lifted my foot to observe a cockroach wiggling its legs at me for dear life. Who doesn’t love tropical paradises and everything that goes with them, seriously?
As it is also my last beach day for awhile although it was cloudy, I still spent it out and around Jericoacoara Beach taking it all in….
I walked out past the giant sand dune, Duna do Por do Sol, which everyone climbs to watch the sunset each evening.
Then continued on, about three miles out to the west of Jericoacoara Beach to check out if there was anything interesting out that way as I had yet to explore beyond the sand dune. Along the way I found this dead manta, along with its lungs ripped out another few meters away. So sad, as I love to see them while diving…
On the way back I climbed Duna do Por do Sol one last time…
….and then waited for the sun to set. It was another poor sunset, with clouds on the horizon so the day just faded out into a blue glow as I watched the surfers get their last waves of the day and the capoeiristas again showed off their talents.
Most restaurants open at six, which is perfect as it is right after sunset. So I headed over to a restaurant I’ve wanted to try in Jericoacoara as well, Freddyssimo.
After discussing the menu options with the lovely owner, I ended up deciding on shrimp in a mango chutney, Moroccan couscous and pineapple juice with mint. Everything was delicious with some great ethnic flavors that I’ve missed the last few months while in South America.
The owner also told me that they hadn’t had a good rainy season in Jeri for 4 years now , which explained why the Paradise Lagoon was not the beautiful blue I had seen in pictures as it is pretty dried up.
A day in Jericoacora Beach also isn’t complete without some gelato from Gelato & Grano… just what my thighs love, more Gelato!
While I had a bit too high of expectations for Jericoacoara, especially after spending time on the beautiful beaches of Fernando de Noronha, it still definitely has it’s own style and charm and I’m thankful to have been able to experience another part of Brazil and get off the gringo trail for awhile…