Natal has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past decade. The capital of Rio Grande do Norte has become an important industrial center, yet no industry has had more effect on the economy than tourism. The past few administrations have invested heavily in the infrastructure and promotion, effectively placing it on the map as one of the prime tourism destinations for Brazilians traveling within Brazil. View more
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Indulge your senses with the sights and sounds of Brazilian music, dance and culture during your visits to the Capoeira Community and Cultural Centre. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian form which blends dance; martial arts, and acrobatics into one beautiful art like no other.
Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the suburbs of Natal.
Community Capoeira da Boa Vontade
Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Capoeira Community to see the 'Capoeira de Roda' dance performed by the 'Boa Vontade'. This group of Capoeira dancers and masters teach children of poor communities the art of this fight dance, which originated in Africa and was brought over to Brazil by slaves in the 16th century. The Capoeira Community also offers a variety of educational and health activities.
Next, proceed to the Tourism Centre to watch a pair of dancers and musical trio perform the typical 'Forro' dance. Your visit also includes an opportunity to learn about the popular culture of Northeastern Brazil, from which this folkloric dance originated.
The Tourism Centre is an old prison that was converted into the commercial artisanal shopping centre. Each shop is an old converted cell where you will be able to explore all kinds of Northeastern Brazilian crafts. These artists value their rich artisanal history and are admired around the world for their skill and craft.
Afterward, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with some steps and inclines to negotiate. We suggest guests dress in lightweight seasonal attire and wear comfortable, flat walking shoes. Souvenir shops accept local currency only, not US dollars. ATM is available; however money exchange centres are not.
Explore the dunes, rivers and lagoons of Natal in a fun-filled and exciting new way during this off-road excursion.
Natal is known for its 4,000 acres of dramatic wind-swept dunes filled with clear lakes and gorgeous beaches that form the beautifully preserved State Park. People from all over the world come to Natal to experience this unique dune-buggy adventure.
Depart the pier via coach for the drive to Santa Rita Beach. Along the way, cross the bridge that passes over the Potengi River, and connects Forte and Redinha.
Next, proceed along Redinha Beach en route to Santa Rita Beach. Here, board your beach buggy each holds two guests and your driver, and begin the adventure riding towards the dunes on Genipabu beach. Choose either to have an exciting ride or a relaxing one, but either way riders will be blown away by the incredible views of the ocean. The dunes at Genipabú are ever changing and transform with the winds and growth of the local vegetation, never forming in the same place twice.
After the ride through the dunes, take a short 10 minute trip across the Ceará Mirim River on a private-poled raft, and arrive at Pitangui Lagoon for a refreshing swim and tropical drink break. Afterwards enjoy a fantastic drive through the golden Dunes of Jacumã and Jacumã Beach before the tour concludes with an approximate 1-hour return drive to the pier via coach.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of travel over bumpy and uneven surfaces. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with comfortable, closed-toe shoes you won't mind getting dirty, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship.
Explore the landmarks, culture and art of Natal during this picturesque sightseeing tour of the city. Natal is known for great beaches, historical sites, and nature areas, and it is a frequently used base for exploring the paradisiac beaches and nature of the Rio Grande do Norte state.
Depart the pier for the scenic orientation drive through the Ribeira District and the downtown area en route to Natal.
In the historic part of town, observe the American influenced architecture, left over from the days when the American base operated during World War II. Continue towards the downtown area to see the Governors Palace and the mayor's office, as well as the André Albuquerque square where the founding point of the city is located.
Leave downtown, and pass by Ponta Negra beach on the way to Pirangi beach, find the largest cashew tree in the world, covering an area of almost 8,000 square meters (approximately 5 miles). During this stop enjoy the opportunity to visit this extraordinary plant and drink coconut water.
Reis Magos Fort
From the beach, travel on the Via Costeira, the avenue that links the South zone of the city with the urban beaches and encircles the second largest urban forest in Brazil, for a photo stop to the 16th-century Portuguese Fort Reis Magos. In Fortaleza, which is strategically located on the Potengi River, see the incredible view of Natal. The history of the battles among the Portuguese, Dutch, and French is recapped in each room of the fort, as well as the stories of the local heroes from the era.
Re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with cobblestone surfaces at the historical areas of Natal. We suggest guests dress in lightweight seasonal attire and wear comfortable, flat walking shoes. A minimum number of guests per guide are required for operation of this tour. Credit cards and local currency are accepted at local souvenir shoppes. US Dollars are not accepted.