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Natal to Recife via Pipa.

September 8, 2013 by David Herd

Praia de Pipa, paradise.

Praia de Pipa Brazil

Natal to Recife via Pipa traveling 300 kilometers by taxi from with my friend Simone, we found what was like a beautiful pearl in a juicy oyster. The oyster was north east Brazil and the beautiful pearl was Praia de Pipa.

Low tide at Pipa

recife via pipa

I remember sitting in a bar in Rio Di Janeiro with two friends Dave Wylie & Doug Roarke, (RIP) and when I asked what was their favorite place in Brazil, Doug briefly considered the question before saying “Praia de Pipa”. Until that moment I had never heard of the place, but on Doug’s recommendation I planned my trip.

Pipa Beach.

Pipa Beach Brazil

Lots to look at on the beach. ūüôā

Fresh fish at Pipa.

Fish at Pipa Brazil

Each day they would bring the fresh fish into the beach and restaurant owners would buy them to put on the menu.

Another perfect day at Pipa.

perfect day Pipa

Pipa was a small fishing village until the 1970s. Then it was discovered by surfers and backpackers, attracted by a set of natural attributes rarely found even in other Brazilian beaches:

Boats waiting for high tide.

Pipa Beach low tde

Wonderful crystal-clear waters, fine, white sand, 10-meter-high vertical cliffs, and friendly locals.

Beautiful girl in Pipa.

recife via pipa

Brazil has so many beautiful girls.

Didjeridoos at Pipa.

Australian Didgeridoos PipaWhat a surprise for me to stumble across these guys in Pipa playing Australian Aborigine Didgeridoos.

 Morro do Careca (Bald Hill) Ponta Negra.

Ponta Negra Brazil

 Ponta Negra is the most affluent area of the city and also where most tourists stay. Here you will find most of the upscale hotels, shopping malls and restaurants

Ancient warrior at Ponta Negra.

Ancient warrior Ponta Negra

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Pancakes on the beach.

Pancake on beach

An ideal snack after a swim.

Simone Cristina Oliveira

My beautif friend Simone

My lovely traveling companion Simone Cristina Oliveira was living in Uberl√Ęndia in Minas Gerais at the time, she now works at a bank in Sao Paulo.

Porto de Galinhas.

Porto de Galinhas

The origin of the name is well known. Porto de Galinhas means “Port of Chickens” in Portuguese. In the second half of the 19th century, the Brazilian government imposed restrictions to the commerce of slaves, which were widely used as manpower in the sugarcane farms around Recife to circumvent the prohibition, the “black ships” (which transported slaves from Africa to Brazil) looked for other places to harbor, far from Recife. One such place was in the bays around Suape and Ipojuca, about 60 km to the South of Recife.¬†When a ship arrived in town, as it was prohibited to mention slavery, the word spread as “there are new chickens in the port”; hence, the place gained its name Porto de Galinhas.

Porto de Galinhas.

recife via pipa

This town has a wonderful lay back feel about it.

Wonderful colorful buildings.

Porto de Galinhas

I would certainly recommend you add Porto de Galinhas to your agenda.

Porto de Galinhas.

Porto de Galinhas

Check out the chicken phone box.

Music on the beach.

Porto de Galinhas music

Entertainment on the beach.

The beautiful city of Olinda.

Olinda recife Brazil

Adjacent to Recife this old town is rather wonderful.

Wonderful old church in Olinda.

Olinda

I have seen churches like this all over Brazil.

Beautiful Olinda.

Olinda Brazil Recife

Olinda is a city in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. It hosts one of Brazil’s most famous carnivals and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its XVI and XVII-century buildings. Many bars, restaurants, artist and craftspeople studios add charm to the old-town setting.

Recife via Pipa Condos near the beach.

Ocean condos Recife

Recife is a very modern city as you can see.

Beach in Recife.

Recife beach

Our hotel was right opposite the beach.

My friend Simone & her cousin Pedro.

recife via pipa

Here we are exploring Olinda.

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