After a few lazy (and very indecisive) days, it was time to do a few things… The very next day, Marcelo arranged a buggy tour for me! So there I was, together with a Brazilian family (dad, mom and daughter) going to Genipabu’s sand dunes with yet another buggy.
The whole ride was alright, but very touristic, as we stopped in more than 10 places offering clothes, food, drinks, more drinks, more food. At least I took a couple of nice pictures of kangas dancing in the wind!
And had fun watching the Brazilian dad slowly getting drunk with beers and caipirinhas, even before 1pm 😛
One of the most interesting parts of the ride was crossing the lake on buggy rafts…
…and ofcourse, the way the buggueiros drive up and down the sanddunes, which is pretty crazy at times – just like a rollercoaster.
Unlike Jericoacoara, when our driver didn’t seem quite professional (although he was a good driver), Natal has about 720 buggy drivers who belong to a union. According to our driver, this activity is popular throughout the year, and training to be a buggueiro isn’t really an easy task. There are about 10 women drivers there.
If I hadn’t been to Jeri I would probably have enjoyed this a lot more – overall I found it nice, but way too touristic.
Going back home, I had a talk to Marcelo about possibly going to an island one hour east of Brazil, Fernando de Noronha, that a couple of friends had recommended. He was so extremely nice, helping me with my decision and with booking tickets and everything, that I felt quite bad for wasting his time… Obviously I’ve done the same thing numerous times for my guests, but I was really impressed by his eagerness to help – and his “I’m not doing anything special” attitude!