I do like to be beside the seaside
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KERRY - So after our colonial and cultural experiences in Salvador we decided that we needed some more sea and sand so we headed to Natal for a few days. The bus journey was a long 20 hours or so, and once we got to Natal we had to then find our way on the local buses to the area called Ponta Negra where the nicest beach in the area were and where we wanted to stay. After a few broken conversations and lots of hand gestures with the locals and the bus driver who had driven us from Salvador, we got on the correct bus, and were then told by the conductor where to get off. All was well and we arrived at a really nice Hostelling International hostel and unpacked our things before heading out for some food.
Natal is named the Sun city in Brazil as it is so close to the sea and the sun seems to shine a lot! It was also very hot. We had a enjoyable few days here. We spent a couple of days sorting out housekeeping issues such as sending a parcel home and getting money and laundry done (these things do take a long time in Brazil, well finding the right places to go is what takes the time) but we also went on 2 days trips.
The first was to a beach about 80 km south of Ponta Negra called Pipa. We had read in our guide book that this was a really nice place and was the hippy beach. It took a good hour and a half to get there, but was a really nice place and worth the trip. Once we were there we mainly relaxed on the beach. As we sat on the beach the tide went further and further out so that by the time we left we could have walked all around the coast line. We spent the day on Praia de Amor, but there was another beach where you were able to see dolphins up close. We did not unfortunatley have time to find this beach, but if you end up going it would be worth investigating.
The second day trip we made was to the beaches north of Ponta Negra. We went in a dune buggy with another couple Conor (Irish) and Esme (Scottish), who we found out were going to be taking the same flight as us to Belem in a weeks time! We spent the day driving along beaches and sand dunes, with 2 stops to sandboard and another stop to do a Zip line into a lake at Jacuma. All good fun. The dunes of Genipabu were pretty nice, but not as thrilling or spectacular as those that we had seen in Huacaccina Peru. It was still a really fun day out though and well worth it, and we also made new friends who we will see in Belem and hopefully share the amazon boat trip with!