Garbage Strewn and Generally Confusing

February 15, 2010

Here are some pictures of Fortaleza…A real looker, huh?

I don’t think this next picture really captures how weird this place was.

We walked to the end of the beachfront where we’re staying and I had read that the really nice beach with barracas was Praia Futuro, on the other side of the point.  When we realized it probably wasn’t a good idea to walk there (so far we haven’t been able to walk anywhere aside from a couple of miles in each direction along the water by our hotel) we jumped in a cab and asked him to take us there.  We drove through actual squalor.  There was a favela to the right and then just empty, worn down cement buildings, dust, garbage.  A little farther we passed the Petrobras plant on one side of the bumpy street and then the Shell plant on the other side.  We kept going, and it remained just as bad–cheap, dirty motels, a few plastic table bars.  The cab driver eventually made a left and dropped us off at the Praia Futuro.  It was this whole collection of barracas–open air tables with umbrellas.  There were so many people–each table was full, I think claimed for the day, and people were getting settled, drinking beers from small cups poured from big bottles, kids in bathing suits.  Through the mess of people there was sand and dirty ocean.  The whole thing was just astounding.  It was like a hive of cheap florescent bathing suits and clamoring noise in the hot, greasy sun.

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2 Responses to “Garbage Strewn and Generally Confusing”

  1. Carina said

    It is clear to me that Fortaleza is out of any wish-visit list, right?

    • meninanorio said

      Yes, absolutely. I’ll let you know if it’s worth the trip to Jericoacoara though. If google images is any indication, I think it’s going to be amazing.

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