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Porto de Galinhas on a Budget

March 16, 2009
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Day Trip to Porto de Galinhas on a Budget

This is a Day Tour from Recife to Porto de Galinhas designed for backpackers, or travellers on a budget. It is a guided tour that will use public transport to and from Porto de Galinhas. Whilst there, we will use a few buggy taxis and do some walking.

During the day we will visit the natural lagoons and swimming pools along the coast at Mauro Alto, in Porto de Galinhas center, and at Maraciape. We will also take a flat bed boat trip into the mangrove, the breeding grounds of seahorses and other wildlife.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant serving good quality local dishes at prices that are excellent value for money. You will also have the chance to browse the art, craft and souvenir shops briefly, but our focus will be on beach hopping.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR contact me for the latest agenda, pricing and a booking form.

Mauro Alto Lagoon

Mauro Alto Lagoon

The tour will commence at Recife International Airport, our meeting point, at 7.30am. Shortly after, we will get the bus for or journey there (approx 1 1/2hrs). Our first stop will be Mauro Alto (High Wall). The name refers to the reef which creates a natural lagoon, perfect for bathing in shallow waters that are tropical temperatures, with no risk of shark attacks.

Palm Lined Beach

Palm Lined Beach

Next, we will stroll along a quiet tropical beach lined with palm trees for approx 4km until we reach a second area of natural pools, perfect for another dip, and a stop for some refreshing coconut water.

4-12From this point, we will pick up a buggy taxi to take us by road into the center of Porto de Galinhas.

The Reef

The Reef

Here it is possible (at low tide) to take a jangada (flat bed boat) out to a reef, where you can snorkel in the shallow waters that are teaming with fish.

After a browse around the local shops, we will head to a restaurant for a lunch of traditional food: some combination of fish or meat with beans, rice, pasta and/or salad. (vegetarians options can be arranged if we are informed in advance). The restaurant also has a great choice of tropical fruit juices for your to try.

Maracaipe

Maracaipe

After lunch we will pick up another buggy taxi to take us to, and along, the long palm tree lined beach of Maracaipe, considered one of the best beaches in Brazil, and a haven for surfers. If the tide is low, and we have time, there is another large expanse of natural pools at the end of the beach. Rio Maracaipe joins the ocean here and bathing in the river is an alternative if the tide is high.

Mangrove

Mangrove

On the river are more jangada boats that will take us on a short trip into the mangrove for some spectacular views and a little wildlife spotting. It is a famous point because of the seahorses that breed here.

Seahorse

Seahorse

After the tour, and perhaps a further dip in the river, we will head back to the buggy taxis and return to the center of Porto to pick up the bus for the return journey to Recife. On arrival in Recife, the bus candrop you off at several points – near the airport, in Boa Viagem, and in downtown Recife. We will be arriving back in Recife around 8.30-9pm, depending on the traffic.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR contact me for the latest agenda, pricing and a booking form.

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