Kariri Volleyball Center
Kariri Volleyball Center
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Cumbuco & Activities
Plenty to do in Cumbuco
Lying around in the sun doing nothing much is always a pleasure in a place like Cumbuco. But Cumbuco also offers a wide range of activities, more than enough to keep even the most energetic residents interested and amused. You can, of course, go swimming: in the sea or in the freshwater lagoon just a few minutes away - where you can also toboggan down the sand dunes straight into the water.
You can hire a horse for almost nothing and ride for miles along the shore. You can surf - or kite-surf, or wind-surf - at sea or in the lagoon. You can hire a water scooter, a beach buggy or a boat; go scuba diving, water-skiing....
If none of these appeal, you can drive to the swimming park and its numerous attractions, including a 20-metre high-slide into one of the many pools; or to the mountains nearby for hill-climbing or simply a walk in the woods. Drive on a little more and you can take a river cruise on the Amazon, try a spot of hang-gliding off
Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, is Brazil’s fifth largest city with a population of 2.4 million. The city and its surroundings are unbelievably exciting. As we know, the beach is where all Brazilians go to swim, dance, party, enjoy themselves... in fact, to live. The beaches in Fortaleza (and Ceará generally) are among the best in Brazil. You will never be bored here, whether you are surfing, playing football or volleyball, or just lazing the whole day through with every service just a nod and a wink away. Food and drink are cheap, and if you need to recover from all that dancing you can have an hour’s massage on the beach for just NOK 40.
Every night of the week is party night in Fortaleza. Try the famous Pirata Bar, described by the Washington Post as the world’s hottest Monday club, where 2500 guests turn up to samba the night away. And don’t miss the many beach parties, which start when the sun goes down and the moon comes up.
Fortaleza is top division in football, and its newly renovated Castelao stadium accommodates 75,000 ecstatic fans.
An article of faith among Brazilians is that food should be good, there should be plenty of it and at the right time.
Brazil is one of the lowest-cost and best-value holiday destinations, especially for Scandinavians. Don’t forget to
The world’s most beautiful beaches
At Jericoacoara you will find no luxury or other such vanities; but if feeling at one with nature is what you want, this place is paradise. Among its many attractions, the most famous is the Arched Rock, a huge gate of stone sculpted by the waves. Malhada beach is beautiful, with perfect conditions for wind, wave and kite-surfing. The beach is also a popular nudist spot.
Geographically, Jericoacoara is special: as the most northerly point on the coast of the state of Ceará, with sea to the east and west, it is one of the few mainland beaches where you can watch both the sun and the moon rising and setting in the sea.
One of the most impressive sights at Jericoacoara is the night sky. There are no street lights, and the atmosphere is crystal clear: in other words, it’s a perfect place for star-gazing. If the moon is full, climb up one of the sand dunes for a view of unearthly beauty: the dunes etched in moonlight, and a silver shining sea, framed by the palm trees. Look up and you will see the most starlit sky of your life. Talk about romantic!
Rio de Janerio
The most beautiful city?
Thanks to its tropical setting on the Atlantic coast, framed by mountains, forests, lagoons and beaches, many consider Rio the most beautiful of the world’s great cities.
Copacabana and Ipanema are certainly two of the best known beaches on the planet. Mount Corcovado with its statue of Jesus rises 710 metres over the city, dominating the skyline. Sugar Loaf Mountain, 395 metres high, watches over Guanabara Bay. Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest, is well worth a visit. Culturally, too, Rio has much to offer, from top-class ballet to opera and theatre, not to mention a plethora of museums and some of the world’s liveliest music.
Football is ever-present, with matches drawing up to 100,000 spectators to legendary Maracana stadium. Match schedules here.
Brazil’s best-known carnival bursts out of the starting gate every year, seven weeks before Easter. Carnival is
- A tale of two cities
Recife is divided into two clearly demarcated parts. In one, the beaches are the main attraction: 12 kilometres of sand, palm trees and the small traditional fishing boats called jangadas, fronting the wide boulevards, Boa Viagem and Pina, where the big hotels and other tourist amenities are concentrated.
The name of the city, "Recife", is the Portuguese word for "reef" and refers to the long stretches of coral which protect the beaches here. Bridges over the rivers Capibariba and Beberibe link this part of the city with a much older district, dating from the 17th century, with a wealth of historic buildings and architectural antiquities such as the Forte do Brum museum and the Capela Dourada (Gold Chapel).
Many of these buildings and historic sites reflect the turbulent colonial era when freedom-fighting and revolution were the order of the day.
Carnival is the most popular event in Recife as elsewhere in Brazil; but here there are festivals all year round,
Culture in Bahia
In the tropical northeast of Brazil, the state of Bahia is where past and present meet to create a magical atmosphere. Here the first inhabitants of the country - Portuguese, African, Indian - have contributed to a unique cultural synthesis: the magnificent colonial architecture with its churches, palaces, plantations and forts; the highly-charged ambience of a devout religious tradition laced with mysticism; the sensationally exotic spicy cuisine....
Salvador is the state capital. Founded in 1549 and built by soldiers, colonists, Jesuits, Portuguese and Indians, it was also the first capital of Brazil until succeeded by Rio de Janeiro in 1763. Today Salvador is home to more than two million people.
Fernando de Noroha
A paradise for divers
This fantastic island kingdom covers 26 square kilometres (the main island is 17 sq km), taking in 21 islands, islets and reefs altogether. The average temperature is 27degC and there are two seasons: dry from September to February and somewhat rainy between March and August.
Island vegetation comprises forest and scrubland for the most part, supporting breeding populations of rare bird species mingled with seafowl and a unique indigenous lizard.
But it is the waters around Fernando de Noroha that make it a travel destination: crystal clear, guaranteeing superb diving conditions all year round. Somersaulting dolphins, together with sea turtles, are the first things you notice; in the natural pools are coral, multi-coloured fish and lobsters. Further out there are also sharks.
Fernando de Noronha is a protected area, and visitor numbers and activities are limited. The islands have not been developed for mass tourism: guests stay in small guest houses (pousadas) and private homes. Here it is nature that counts.
Brazil’s incredible rainforest
The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest storehouse of biodiversity, accounting for a third of all animal species on the planet. A fifth of the world’s freshwater flows through the numerous rivers of the Amazon basin, which also serve as passageways into the heart of the rainforest. Ten of the world’s 20 largest rivers are found in this fantastic region.
Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas state, Brazil’s largest at over 1.5 million square kilometres, 18 per cent of the land area of the country.
The town has about 1.2 million inhabitants and operates as a so-called tax-free zone. Manaus’s golden age was during the "rubber boom" 19th century, when Europeans developed an efficient urban infrastructure and used their enormous profits from rubber production to build some magnificent structures - most notably the Amazon Theatre of 1896, an opera house in neoclassical style, for which many of the building materials (as well as the artists) were imported from Europe.
Sightseeing tours of the rainforest set off from Manaus daily. These range from simple day trips to longer
Lençois Maranhenses comprises 155 hectares of huge sand dunes, azure lakes, rivers and mangrove forests. Closest to the sea you can bathe in saltwater and rinse yourself off in a freshwater pond. Often described as one of the seven wonders of the world, Lencois Maranhenses is a brilliant travel destination for the scientifically inclined and ordinary tourist alike.
The world’s greatest waterfalls
Iguaçu national park is both spectacular and unique. The clouds of spray produced by the falls have created a beautifully lush environment rich in animal life as well as vegetation. Colourful parrots dart among the cliffs and through the forests of bamboo, palm and lianas, competing for attention with countless other species among the wild orchids and begonias. The word Iguaçu means "large water" in the local Indian language. Legend has it that the falls were created in a fit of rage by the Iguaçu river god who lived in a particularly wild and inhospitable area known as Garganta do Diablo (Devil’s Throat), a semi-circular bowl hundreds of metres across into which the river plunges on its descent into a mist-filled abyss.
The falls mark the point where two rivers, the Iguaçu and Parana, meet - and three countries: Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The countries are linked by two bridges, Ponte Amizade (Friendship Bridge) between Brazil and Paraguay and Tancredo Neves between Brazil and Argentina.