*WARNING* This is a LONG post filled with lots of photos!
Hi everyone! My eyes are finally almost back to normal so I wanted to update on the amazing trip to Morro Branco we had last weekend. Morro Branco is about two hours outside of Fortaleza and it’s home to the most beautiful sand dunes. They are huge and look like stone, but when you touch them they rub off sand and are the most vibrant shades of orange and white. On my last trip here Morro Branco was one of my favorite excursions and I’m so thankful that I got to go again this time.
We went to celebrate a holiday here called São João, a big festival that honors the cowboy/country lifestyle of northern Brazil. It’s not country like how you’d think of back in the states though. It’s much, much different. The people all dress up in these colorful, crazy costumes and do traditional singing and dancing. My host mom gave me a dress to wear for the festivities. It was…ah…quite different from my definition of a country dress haha. But we had so much fun and experiencing that part of the culture was great.
I also got to take a buggy ride through the sand dunes which was incredible. The dunes look like a vast desert, then as you get closer to the beach they start to become more colorful and deep. There’s a lake out by the dunes too where you can eat and get a drink of coconut water. Morro Branco is most famous for the dune buggy rides and scenery, and it was amazingly beautiful to see that again.
The first day in Morro Branco was spent chilling at my host parent’s friends house, located right by the sea. The view is absolutely amazing! That night was the party, filled with good food, dancing, colorful costumes, and caipirinhas! Check out what my host mom and I wore below haha. There was also a band there that played music, and the first song they played was the GAME OF THRONES theme song! I nerded out. I recently got really into the show thanks to my host brother so when the band started playing it we both perked our heads up in nerd-unison.
Caipirinhas are the traditional alcoholic drinks of Brazil. Made with cachasa, sugar, and limes, this drink will have you tipsy in no time if you aren’t careful!
The dancing was amazing! Here’s a video.
The following day was spent mostly outdoors, starting with breakfast with my host parents out by the hotel pool. My host mom and I walked down to the pier and took a few photos, then when we got back to the hotel my host dad took me to go on a dune buggy ride, although he didn’t actually ride with me haha.
^^My dune buggy driver and I. So much fun! After the ride I had lunch with my host family and their friends, then my host brother and I took a walk down in front of the house to take some photos of the sand dunes.
Morro Branco = one of the best weekends ever! Stay tuned for more updates on my adventures here in Brazil!