Natal, Fortaleza, Sao Luis and Belem.

Hi English speaking friends! In this moment I’m in the middle of the Amazon, in Alteo do Chao, near Santarem. I arrived here after a three day journey on a boat on Amazon river, but before I tell you about this, I tell you about the places visited before going on the boat.
After Praia da Pipa, I went just a day in Natal, there was not much to see apart from a well-preserved Portuguese fortress. After, I’ve been to Fortaleza for three days, but I could have been there even less because there is not much to see. I personally did not like much it and I felt it was a bit dangerous. For sure there is a lot of nightlife but I, having now already a certain age, preferred to skip it.
From Fortaleza I arrived to Sao Luis, where, for the first time, I was hosted through Couchsurfing by a very kind lady, Alba, who gave me a room for myself, cooked, and from the beginning made me feel like at home. There were also her son and daughter: a twenty year old boy, programmer and hacktivist, and a little girl of five, very sweet and fun.
Sadly, in the three days when I was in Sao Luis it rained a lot so I did not have much time to get around the city. For sure is a place with a great potential because full of fascinating Portuguese colonial buildings, but the problem is that most of them are literally falling to pieces, they are not even inhabited.
Actually there are beautiful places between Fortaleza and Sao Luis where I was undecided until the end if going or not, in particular Jericoacoara and Lencois National Park. Eventually I decided to skip them because the original idea of this trip is to visit Central America, but if I continue with this step I arrive in 2013 and, as you know, the end of the world was set for December 2012.
And finally, Natal, a very interesting city. I would have gladly stayed a couple of days longer, but if I did not take the boat to Santarem, the next was after a week!

 

Praia da Pipa was just a fishing village until the arrival of the first hippies and surfers in the ’70s.

 

Little football match on the beach.

 

A surfer in the waves.

 

The Portuguese fort of Natal, called “Three Kings” because it was started to build on 6 January 1598. Instead, Natal was so named because it was founded on Christmas Day of 1599.

 

The interior of the fortress, with the skyscrapers of Natal in background.

 

Close to my pousada in Fortaleza there was a pleasant complex of art and culture made up of small clubs, museums, cinemas, etc. … Here a group of boys is dancing in turn the break-dance.

 

And here we are in Sao Luis, unique among the Brazilian capitals to have been founded by the French. In reality there is very little of French, because after only 3 years of its founding (in 1612) it was conquered by the Portuguese.

 

But what this man is peering with so much interest?

 

Aaahhh the dancers! Well, well. – P.S. Can you see me?

 

A street of Sao Luis.

 

People.

 

Another street.

 

The beach in Sao Luis, near the house of the lady who hosted me.

 

And of Belem from my hotel room. In the background the Amazon mingles with the Ocean.

 

Braque.

 

The Amazon river.

 

A boat on the river.

 

Well. As I said, after Belem I took a boat through the Amazon Rio that, after 3 days (and 3 nights sleeping on a hammock!) I arrived in Santarem and, from there, here in Alteo do Chao. But I will tell about this in the next post!
Kissesss :-)

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