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Day 2 in Jericoacoara

We started our day at Cafe Latte Project. I tried to order in my best Portuguese but the guy (the owner) was actually from New York with Greek origin. He spoke perfectly Portuguese. He told us that he has been living in Jeri for 1 1/2 years. Before that he was traveling the world. But he really liked Brazil. He and his wife then decided to have a kid in Brazil in order to get the permanent visa to live and work in Brazil. She gave birth in Brazil but they then went back to New York and continued living there for 5 years. They ended up getting a divorce, she stayed in New York and he and his son went back to Brazil. His son is now 8 years old and they might go back to the United States in a year so that the son could get a better education. Interesting story.

We started our day at Cafe Latte Project. I tried to order in my best Portuguese but the guy (the owner) was actually fr...

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Day 1 in Jericoacoara

We left Ilha do Guajiru around noon and 2h later arrived in famous Jericoacoara. 

Jeri is known as a beach hippie mecca and the kind of idyllic place where many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned. It is also a very popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Jericoacoara is full of sandy pathways. There are no paved roads and almost everything can be reached by foot. Until about 20 years ago, Jeri was just a fishing village with little contact with modern life. There were no roads, no electricity, no phones, no TV’s, no newspapers, and money was rarely used. Over the past years, tourism grew rapidly and the beach village became a popular destination. Electricity arrived in the village in 1998 and today almost every place has hot showers, air conditioning and wifi.

We left Ilha do Guajiru around noon and 2h later arrived in famous Jericoacoara.  Jeri is known as a beach hippie mecca...

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Another day in paradise – Ilha do Guajiru

Morning session: With the tide going out everybody kites downwind where the lagoon connects to the open ocean. We kited a bit in front of our pousada and then headed downwind as well. The water was already really shallow but fortunately we didn’t fall or get stuck. The spot downwind became really flat and I managed to land my first pop to blind with a pass. I did loop the kite at the end but whatever;-) I’m happy and super stoked. We decided to kite back upwind in the open ocean. When we reached the upwind spot, we still had to cross over land and through the lagoon to get back to Casa Suiça. Walking with our kites over super slippery mud was not an easy task. Fortunately none of us fell but I think we were just lucky. The tide was at its lowest and when entering the lagoon Paul found himself in mud up to his knees. LOL. I wish I had a camera with me. We must have really looked funny. After 2,5h kiting we were happy to be back at our pousada and get some rest.

Ilha do Guajiru Upwinder notes

Morning session: With the tide going out everybody kites downwind where the lagoon connects to the open ocean. We kited...

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Downwinder Paracuru – Guajiru, 48km

Map Paracuru - Guajiru

We had breakfast at our pousada and then headed to the kite spot. With the low tide the water is flat and we were eager to practice some tricks. Unfortunately it was quite crowded and there were lots of beginner kiters. We kited until noon and then had a light lunch. I had a fish soup and Paul had Isca de Peixe (fish fingers). Coconut water is a great source of hydration so we had two each plus a water before starting our next downwinder.

We had breakfast at our pousada and then headed to the kite spot. With the low tide the water is flat and we were eager...

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Downwinder Cumbuco – Paracuru, 43km

Map Cumbuco - Paracuru

After endless phone calls with AA our bags finally arrived at Fortaleza airport last night. We were first told that they would be delivered to our hotel in Cumbuco. But just when we were ready to go out to dinner, we found out that we had to go to the airport to pick them up. We informed our driver Francesco that the bags arrived and that we can start our downwinder as planned. Francesco usually does group downwinders together with Monika and Thomas (https://sites.google.com/site/brasiliandownwinden/home) but we decided to do it on our own – just Paul and me. Francesco followed us with his pick-up truck driving along the beach at the cost of 550R$ a day.

After endless phone calls with AA our bags finally arrived at Fortaleza airport last night. We were first told that they...

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Bom dia, São Paulo!

IMG_1578 copy6:30am We arrived at São Paulo Airport (GRU) but none of our bags did. This means no kites. Not the best way to start a kite trip. In two days we are suppose to start our downwinder from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara. Hopefully all goes well and the bags will be delivered to our hotel in Cumbuco on time. We filled out the form at the AA counter and headed to the national terminal  to catch our TAM flight to Fortaleza.

At least they have Starbucks @GRU Airport 😉

6:30am We arrived at São Paulo Airport (GRU) but none of our bags did. This means no kites. Not the best way to start a...

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Margarita Wild Winds 2013

 

 

 

     

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