The Northeast has the best places and landscapes for practicing extreme and adventure sports such as parachuting, diving, rafting, scuba diving, kitesurfing and bodyboarding.
When you think of Ceará, the state’s 573 km of coastline automatically comes to mind, with its warm, green waters and 300 days of sunshine a year.
Ceará’s beaches attract tourists from all over the world all year round in search of natural beauty and relaxation.
But Ceará’s charms are not only made up of beaches. Ceará’s Sertão, famous for its monoliths, semi-arid climate and handicrafts, is an equal contender for the attention of Brazilians and foreigners alike.
In the Wind Season in Ceará from August to December, extreme sports lovers come from all over the world to enjoy the adrenaline rush provided by sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, hang gliding and paragliding.
At this time of year, the winds reach average speeds of 30 knots, the equivalent of 60 km/hour, enabling athletes to exceed their limits in long-distance flights and to exercise their creativity in performing the most different aquatic and aerial maneuvers.
November and December promise to bring big names in sports to the waters and skies of Ceará.
In November, Fortaleza hosts another edition of Superkite Brasil and Ceará’s kitesurfing athletes promise to once again show their supremacy with a show of aerial maneuvers at Guarderia Brasil, on Praia do Futuro, which will be the stage for the spectacle.
In Quixadá, located in the central hinterland 158 km from the capital, athletes from all over the world are gathering for the XCeará – Free Flight World Cup, in search of overcoming limits and personal records in the cross country (long distance) discipline.
The waters of Camocim, on the west coast 365 km from Fortaleza, are buzzing with Wind Slalom races, with an electrifying contest full of speed and the presence of the best athletes in the world, such as Gabriel Browne and Wilhelm Schurmann.
In Canoa Quebrada, 180 km from the capital on the east coast of Ceará, the International Wind Festival is held, with kitesurfing, windsurfing and paragliding competitions, as well as a beautiful raft race, bringing together tradition and radicalism and stirring up the bucolic, cliff-filled scenery of Ceará’s east coast.
Radical Sports in Rio Grande do Norte
For those who enjoy a beautiful ecological trail or practicing extreme sports, Rio Grande do Norte offers wonderful scenery to make your adventure even more intense.
The state has several itineraries that appeal to those who like to venture along beaches, as well as those who want to explore the wonders of the northeastern hinterland.
The activities on offer range from traveling by 4×4 vehicle along beaches, dunes, cliffs and off-road roads in the Caatinga and Atlantic Forest, to climbing and abseiling down 400m high walls.
There are also surfing spots, the “aerobunda” and hang gliding.
Radical Sports in Ceará
The trade winds that hit the coast make the state one of the best places in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The coast of Ceará offers several favorable spots for diving.
Pedra da Risca do Meio, 10 miles from Mucuripe, is rich in schools of fish and rays at a depth of 28 meters. With periodic trips and equipment rental, diving services are offered with professional accompaniment.
Those who live in the Cariri don’t just use their hands to raise them to the sky, but also to applaud nature.
The Floresta Nacional do Araripe – FLONA, known as the “oasis of the sertão”, is part of the large Environmental Protection Area – APA and offers visitors direct contact with the fauna, ecological trails, spas and therapeutic baths in natural pools, with three fully signposted trails and specialized guides.
The terrain is ideal for practicing extreme sports.
Serras de Aratanha e Baturité
The scenery of the Aratanha and Baturité mountain ranges Baturité, a region with a mild climate, rich vegetation and temperatures varying between 17º C and 22º C, contribute to the exuberance of the fauna and flora, making it ideal for observing rare birds and animals in their natural habitat.
Rivers, cascades, waterfalls and mirrors of water form the stage for cycling, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and extreme sports.
Adrenaline seekers are guaranteed a thrill with abseiling, canoeing and free flight.
Thanks to the constant winds, the beaches on the west coast are an excellent choice for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The beaches of Cumbuco, Taíba, Paracuru, Flecheiras, Icaraí de Amontada, Preá and Jericoacoara are colorful and beautiful with their sails and boards, as they are stages for the North, Northeast, Brazilian and World championships in these sports.
The medium-sized waves throughout the year make surfing possible, and the region is a hub for professional and amateur surfing championships. Sandboarding is another craze that is gaining ground in the dunes of Jeri and Paracuru.
The good winds and water temperature guarantee excellent conditions for windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing in the region, where national and international championships are held.
The dunes, real lookouts with a privileged view, offer opportunities for sandboarding.
For adventure-seekers looking for thrills, there are major off-road competitions.
Serra da Ibiapaba
Free flight in Tianguá. At Sítio do Bosco in Serra da Ibiapaba, 3 km from the city center, a natural grass take-off structure and plenty of space to set up your equipment. Free flight ramp with camping area and cafeteria.
Free flight championships are held with pilots from the north and northeast. From the viewpoint you can see the entire road that cuts through the mountains, the waterfall and the sertão.
Ubajara National Park – Ecotourism
One of the most enchanting destinations in Ceará offers tourists an encounter with nature.
Ubajara, located 847 meters above sea level, with 6,288 hectares and a temperature ranging between 18ºC and 25ºC, is known for its National Park.
Here you’ll find a variety of natural attractions, such as pools, waterfalls and trails in unforgettable scenery.
Walks along the trails and swimming in the waterfalls bring visitors into direct contact with nature.
A highlight is the Ubajara Cave, one of the main attractions of the Serra da Ibiapaba. At the entrance to the park, tourists can choose whether they want to reach the cave via a peaceful cable car ride or by hiking the trails.
There are various levels of difficulty on the trails that lead to the Ubajara Cave. Trained guides take visitors along the trails, which are properly signposted by Ibama. Signs inform visitors of the species of trees found in the park.
Going down in the cable car means enjoying the park’s landscape from a height of 450 m from the top of the cave platform, with the right to stop for a spectacular view.
The Ubajara Cave, with its rooms and rock formations, impresses with its unique beauty. Stalactites and stalagmites are everywhere in a spectacle formed by water and time.
The cave covers 1,120 square meters, but only 420 meters are open to visitors. The lighting makes the walk safer and helps you appreciate the natural formations. The Rose Room, the Curtain Room and the Portrait Room each have their own peculiarities that live up to their names.
Extreme sports in the northeast
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