The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

Canoa Quebrada

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

Fortaleza  Canoa Quebrada north Brazil, we were in a beach buggy to ride along the beautiful long beaches and wander through the amazing coloured sands.  Canoa Quebrada is 164 kilometers from Fortaleza.


Canoa Quebrada

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

The terrain really looks like red rock however it is in fact sand.  

Beach buggy and a long deserted stretch of sand.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Getting ready for a trip along the beautiful beach.

Speeding along the sand

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


This was a terrific experience.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Canoa Quebrada (meaning broken canoe in Portuguese), known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, Brazil, is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza, in the municipality of Aracati. This small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, has good views and is becoming popular with tourists.

Magnificent sand dunes

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


One of my favourite photos from this mini tour of the coast.

For a great hotel room rate in Brazil just book through THIS LINK.

Fascinating foamy water.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Coming from Australia I grew up around some of the best beaches in the world, I have always been interested in the sand & the surf. So you can probably understand why I was keen to photograph the foamy Canoa Quebrada surf.  😎

If you are more interested in bikinis than foam this link is for you.

Canoa Quebrada Church.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


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Fortaleza high rise.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Fortaleza (Portuguese pronunciation: [foʁtaˈlezɐ], Fortress) is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.3 million (metropolitan region over 3.4 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil.  Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife and Salvador. The city will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which Brazil is the host nation.


Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Fortaleza is a good place for single guys, in 2010, the city had 433,942 opposite-sex couples and 1,559 same-sex couples. The population of Fortaleza was 53.2% female and 46.8% male.

Fortaleza main street.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


I enjoyed visiting Fortaleza however it is not a city I will rush back to.

Lovely Brazilian family in Teresina.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil

One the way to Fortaleza I stopped for a few days in Teresina, the hottest city in Brazil, to visit a friend I met online,  Sueli Oliveira Mesquita and her lovely family.

Sueli Oliveira Mesquita

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Enen now in 2016 we still stay in touch on Facebook. 

Sueli’s lovely sister Silmarinha

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


Both sisters were very sweet ladies.

David Herd in Teresina Brazil.

Fortaleza Canoa Quebrada north Brazil


  Teresina is the capital and most populous municipality in the Brazilian state of Piauí. Being located in North-central Piauí 366 km from the coast, it is the only capital in the Brazilian Northeast that is not located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. With 814,439 inhabitants, Teresina is the 19th largest city in Brazil, and the 15th largest state capital in the country. Teresina is the hottest city in the country and the third city with the major incidence of lightning in the world.  

For a great hotel room rate in Brazil just book through THIS LINK.

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Samba dancers in Paraty


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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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