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The Northeast Sights


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Updated 06/24/2013

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Massive dunes have made this one of the best-known beaches in the country. The area is most commonly explored on thrilling, day-trips across the dune by buggy, stopping off at three lakes and two further parks along the way. You have two choices: com emocão (literally, "with emotion"), which rivals any roller-coaster, or sem emocão (without emotion), a little calmer but still fairly hair-raising. Buggy operators, who usually find you before you find them,

charge around R$75 per person. You can also explore the dunes on camels imported from southern Spain. Other activities include half-hour boat rides and sky-boarding (also called sky-surfing)—which is basically snowboarding down the dunes. The beach is attractive, although it gets very crowded during high season. Because Genipabu is close to Natal, it's primarily a day-trip destination. There are a few small pousadas and restaurants near the beach, but the town shuts down at night. Buses leave from the Rodoviário Velho every half hour or so for the 45-minute trip. Amenities: food and drink; toilets. Best for: walking.

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Take BR 101 north to Pitanguí access road; 10 km (6 miles) north of Natal, Natal, 59575-000, Brazil

Updated 06/24/2013


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