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North-East Sands of Natal & Praia da Pipa

7 Days / 6 Nights

This tour of the far corner of North-East Brazil takes you to Natal, the City of Dunes, with spectacular wind-blown landscapes and off-road adventures. You then travel south to Praia da Pipa, one of Brazil's most charming beach towns. Here you can walk on miles of empty beach, swim with dolphins, learn to surf and parasail, and enjoy the nightlife in the small town.

This tour of the far corner of North-East Brazil takes you to Natal, the City of Dunes, with spectacular wind-blown landscapes and off-road adventures. You then travel south to Praia da Pipa, one of Brazil's most charming beach towns. Here you can walk on miles of empty beach, swim with dolphins, learn to surf and parasail, and enjoy the nightlife in the small town.


  • Destinations: Natal & Rio Grande do Norte - Praia da Pipa
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Ecotourism - Beaches

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Natal
Natal
Your tour of the far north-eastern corner of Brazil takes you first to Natal, the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte. The city is known as the City of Dunes, built around long stretches of beaches backed by high sand dunes. After arriving in the city, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to wander around the beaches such as Ponta Negra. As you look out to sea, you can consider that the west coast of Africa is nearer than the far south of Brazil! Natal is renowned for its seafood dishes, cashew nuts and a varied local cuisine.
Day 2 : Genipabu by Buggy
Natal
Today you take a trip north of Natal by buggy crossing the Rio Potengi before passing along beaches including Redinha, Santa Rita, Genipabú, Barra do Rio, Graçandu, and Pitangui, until you arrive in Jacumã. A stop at the beautiful dunes of Genipabú gives you chance to toboggan and sandboard down the beautiful sloping dunes. You can also take a seated zipline down the dune to the fresh waters below, or take an adrenaline-inducing water slide down the slopes. You can even ride camels in the sand-dunes. This day of adventure and north-eastern scenery lasts the whole day before you return to Natal in the late afternoon.
Day 3 : Pipa Paradise
Natal to Praia da Pipa
In the morning you transfer 80km by road down the coast to Praia da Pipa. After arriving your first afternoon in Praia da Pipa is free to explore one of Brazil\\\'s finest beach towns. This stretch of North-Eastern Paradise has cliffs framing beaches of soft white sands, with waving palm trees providing shelter from the strong sun. Pipa prides itself on being a very cosmopolitan place, and it attracts people from all over the world to this global village\\\'. The strong Atlantic waves and winds make it an excellent spot for surfing and kite-surfing, and lessons can be organised with experienced instructors.
Day 4 : The Pipa Dolphins
Praia da Pipa
One of the most popular excursions in Praia da Pipa is the boat tour to Baia dos Golfinhos. A little to the north of the village, Praia do Curral is the name of the beach, and Dolphin Bay gets its popular name as being the playground of various grey dolphins. The creatures come into the bay to apparently enjoy themselves, jumping and somersaulting in the waters. Walking to the beach at low tide is also possible so you can enter the water for yourselves. You can also visit the Ecological Sanctuary a short walk out of town to walk the trail and see if you encounter any other wildlife.
Day 5 : Pipa by Buggy
Praia da Pipa
As well as the tour of the northern beaches and dunes around Natal, you may also like to spend a day touring the areas closer to Pipa. Buggies take you for half or full day trips to the lookout point of Turtle Bay, and to laze in the natural pools of Barra da Cunhau. The shallow waters of the channel warm in the tropical sun, making them as pleasant as they are picturesque. The Rio Cunhau meets the ocean here, and you can also take boat trips up the river and through the mangroves. Passing along miles of deserted beaches, you would also have the option to visit the last reservation of the Potiguares indigenous people. You return to Pipa as the sun sets.
Day 6 : Pipa Activities
Praia da Pipa
There are options around Pipa should you wish to explore the area. With so many dunes then some are best by beach buggy, horse, quadbike, and even parasailing! Tours with each type of transport take you around the dunes and lagoons of the area, and even as far as the Genipabu dunes north of Natal should you wish to travel. There are many activities too along the coastline, with surf and kite-surf schools, and stand-up paddle boards to rent. You can also snorkel around the calmer headlands. Possibilities also exist in the area for the newer water activities, with jetboards, hoverboards, flyboards, jetovators and the slightly more traditional wakeboarding and wakesurfing.
Day 7 : Leaving the Dunes Behind
Praia da Pipa to Natal & Away
In the morning, you have one last chance to say goodbye to the dolphins before you leave Praia da Pipa for the quick return journey to Natal. From Natal there are some flights directly to Europe, although you may need to connect in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife or Brasilia. You can also combine Natal and Praia da Pipa in the north-eastern corner with other wonderful destinations in Brazil. The Beach Adventure from Natal through to Fortaleza and then Jericoacoara is particularly recommended, even extending via the Parnaiba Delta and Lencois Maranhenses to Sao Luis.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult *
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Natal & Rio Grande do Norte
Praia da Pipa

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

January - February - March - August - September - October - November - December