The first thing to do to enjoy the main attractions of Natal is to rent a car or hire a “bugueiro”. Then, you decide what direction to take. Towards the north coast, across the Potengi River, is a true natural amusement park in the middle of dunes, lagoons and beaches of Genipabu region. Among the attractions are radical maneuvers in the sand hills, riding aboard dromedaries, aerobunda (zipline) and esquibunda (down small board) in the lagoons of Pitangui and Jacumã. It is worth stretching the ride to Maracajaú, a complex of natural pools to five kilometers from the coast.
To the south coast, the landscapes reveal some of the most beautiful beaches in the area, including the village of Pipa. On the way there is an obligatory stop in Pirangi do Norte, where the largest cashew tree in the world and starting point towards the natural pools. Already in South Pirangi, the calm and clear waters are perfect for water sports.
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The hottest Christmas beach has animated stalls on the promenade and a sea that brings together swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and kite surfing fans, in addition to the stand-up paddle class – most women who come to the beach before 5 am! Meeting point of various tribes, it is frequented by locals and visitors. Ponta Negra has as trademark Morro do Careca, a dune 120 meters high and surrounded by greenery, with gated access.
The big attractions are the dunes, combined with the buggies, Genipabu make a real amusement park in the middle of nowhere. The trips can be “with or without emotion”, which means more speed and stunts by mobile and fixed dunes, occasionally blessed with fresh water lagoons. From the top of the pile of sand you can enjoy Genipabu lagoon and also walks humped dromedaries. The route ends at the beach of Genipabu – though quiet and protected by a column reefs, is not as pretty as a function of the turbid waters. But take the time to make a stop at Bar 21, certainly one of the most photographed in the world for the perfection of the scenario: it is at the foot of the dune, next to a coconut tree twisted by the wind.
PARQUE DAS DUNAS (DUNAS PARK)
Considered the second largest State Urban Park in the country, this beautiful green area currently has an average of 8,500 visits per month. A more detailed description of the park can be found here.
Barra de Tabatinga
The cove of calm water is sought by families with children, that there are tents and beach restaurants. But Barra deTabatinga is also famous because of the dolphins, which usually toast the visitors late in the afternoon. To catch sight of them, head to the road lookout. While animals do not give the air of grace, like the look framed by dunes and cliffs. Tabatinga is the last beach on the south coast of Natal.
Piragi do Norte
It became known for its proximity to the largest cashew tree in the world, with 8,400 square meters of canopy. It is from there that leave the boat trips to the natural pools, also passing by the beaches of South Pirangi, Buzios and elbow, with stops for diving. beach huts and ATV tours guarantee the movement all year, and the presence of the kite and windsurf fans.
Arena das Dunas
The name of the stadium could not be more perfect for the city where you are. Inaugurated in December 2013, the Arena das Dunas has a capacity of 32,000 people (during the World Cup 2014 will be 42,000 seats). The stadium, which occupies the former Machadão, has two screens / scoreboards, sound system, VIP lounges with space, 40 cabins, areas for restaurant, gym and commercial spaces. Multi-purpose, the arena will also be used for conventions, exhibitions and national and international shows.
It is 55 kilometers from Natal (North Coast), the district is famous for its parrachos – coral formations – seven kilometers from the coast. At low tide, the reefs form warm water pools and crystal clear where you can dive among the colorful fish. Very preserved, the formations are home to rich marine life like parrotfish, puffer fish, sea bass, octopus and moray eels, seen with mask and snorkel.
Maracajaú is district of the city of Maxaranguape, the closest locality of South America to Africa – the Cape of São Roque. To signal the site in 1898 was built a lighthouse 32 meters high. Post Maxaranguape, the lighthouse opens up one of the most beautiful views of the region.
The city also houses the Maxaranguape bar, much sought after by surfers, windsurfers and fishermen. Complete the picture, still, lagoons and dunes – explored in buggy rides or ATV – mangroves, river and forest tracts suitable for trekking and horseback riding.
Be sure to visit the Tree of Love a “hug” between two gameleiras, typical tree of the region, caused by the strong winds that blow there. Maxaranguape also offers a rich craft, with parts produced in reed, straw, algae and wood.
Maxaranguape and Maracajaú are close to all the tourist attractions of the North Coast as Punaú beaches, Jacumã and Genipabu; the Pitangui Lagoon and villages of São Miguel do Gostoso and Bulls.
The one-day tour is almost all done by the beach (on weekdays), past ponds and gazebos and ending in one of the most beautiful scenery of the coast. The journey of 90 kilometers, it is also worth the charm and the mood of the fishing village, full of bars, restaurants, shops and inns, as well as young and beautiful people coming from various corners of the world. The tour can also be done in a van and is offered by travel agencies.