What are some of the disadvantages of going to Brazil for kitesurfing?

In the north, it is hard to find really good long peeling waves. The best waves are at river mouths and sandy points. There are a few spots but in general you should not come to the north of Brazil with the expectation of riding tons of perfect waves. That said, if there is some swell in the water, certain spots at river mouths, sandbars and points can produce some fun stuff! And, there are incredible wave spots in other parts of Brazil like Natal, Rio, Floripa — so consider those too.

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Is Brazil like Mexico?

Lots of American kiters are familiar with Mexico and may have not ever been to South America or to Brazil. Don’t assume that Brazil is anything like Mexico — because Brazil is not much like Mexico at all! Mexico pros: closer to the U.S., more Americans know a little Spanish vs Portuguese Mexico cons: not as friendly, much less interaction with locals, more likely to get cheated / have to deal with corruption first-hand, less territory accessible, infrastructure not as good Brazil pros: much more friendly and much more interaction with Brazilians, much bigger country, better infrastructure for kiters, more international visitors, warmer, more reliable wind, better hotels, more cosmopolitan/diverse culture Brazil cons: farther from the U.S.

By |2024-01-30T16:01:37-03:0030 de January de 2024||

I’ve been to Maui before, how does that compare to Brazil?

Maui pros: within the U.S., waves, compact geography, groovy yoga scene, good coffee, fresh veg Maui cons: automobile break-ins/crime, few spots, crowded spots, sharks, reef, some may notice an exclusionary island vibe, can be expensive Brazil pros: Brazil is bigger and offers more variety. The Brazilians aren’t as territorial and you can kitesurf anywhere without any problems. No “island vibe”. Cheaper. Brazil cons: farther from the U.S., foreign language…

By |2024-01-30T16:01:07-03:0030 de January de 2024||

What are some of the things that I might be surprised to learn about Brazil?

It’s a huge country – almost as large as the United States! Portuguêse is the language spoken in Brazil (not Spanish) It is common to exchange kisses on the cheek when saying hello and goodbye Rice and beans are served with many dishes Brazilians refer to anyone from outside of Brazil as “gringo” Singing, dancing, and drinking are a common sighting

By |2024-01-30T16:00:36-03:0030 de January de 2024||

How expensive is it to travel in Brazil?

Traveling within Brazil is relatively inexpensive. There are always options, and a range of prices depending on your style of traveling. A few examples below: Transportation: You can take a private transfer from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara for about R$450.00 ($150) — or, you can take the bus for around R$40.00 ($13.00). Most of our guests choose a private transfer, usually shared with other guests. Dining: You can eat at an upscale restaurant and pay R$100-150 ($30-50) — or, you can eat at a local restaurant and pay around R$20.00 ($7.00) — and everything in between! As you can imagine, when you are in more touristic areas, you will see higher prices. Also, it is always a good idea to have hard cash with you, because sometimes it can be difficult to pay with credit/debit cards or find ATMs.

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What are the hotels like?

I have been blown away by the quality and charm of the small hotels in northern Brazil. Most of the places we stay have 6-10 rooms and a unique local vibe that is welcoming, comfortable, colorful, and unpretentious. Some of the places are more ‘deluxe’ than others. My bet is that you will be surprised and delighted with how nice the accommodations are.

By |2024-01-30T15:59:37-03:0030 de January de 2024||

What is the food in Brazil like?

In the north, the food is simple, clean and healthy; a normal dinner consists of fresh fish and perhaps some chicken, rice, beans, farofa, and a simple salad. Fresh fruit is excellent breakfast usually includes a lot of fruit, as well as eggs, toast, and “tapioca”, which are crepes made from manioc flour. Any negatives? There does tend to be a lack of green fresh veg is the north, especially compared to California. That said, the food is fresh and delicious (just not that green :) If you stop in Rio or São Paulo you will find a very highly evolved Brazilian cuisine with all sorts of world-class restaurants, as well as many international offerings.

By |2024-01-30T15:59:09-03:0030 de January de 2024||

How likely am I to get injured, and what if I do?

When I travel overseas doing stuff like kitesurfing & paragliding I carry trip-specific medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. It’s trip-specific and usually costs me $100-$200 per trip, which for me is certainly worth the expense. My experience visiting local clinics in Brazil for minor injuries has been that they were clean and very professional. The insurance comes into play for anything life-threatening. I usually get my travel insurance from Seven Corners.

By |2024-01-30T15:58:40-03:0030 de January de 2024||

What is the coastline like? Sandy beaches? Rocks? Reef?

One of the most remarkable aspects of the northern coast of Brazil from Natal to Sāo Luís is that is almost entirely low-angle sandy beach and sand & mangrove river mouths with relatively few rocks and reefs. There are some rocks and one place in particular that I know of with a nasty bit of sharp reef (at the point in Barra Grande), but overall it’s a very friendly coast from a geographic point of view. What you will see on any given day depends a lot on the tide, since there is a 2-4m tidal range.

By |2024-01-30T15:57:39-03:0030 de January de 2024||
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