Canoa Quebrada

160 km southeast of Fortaleza, in the municipality of Aracati, Canoa, as it is mostly referred to, is a village installed on red sandstone cliffs.

Canoa Quebrada

Canoa Quebrada is a beach village in Ceará.

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Canoa is still holding on to its fame as a hippie paradise, although it is slowly growing into another resort destination. Despite all, many locals still work as traditional jangada fishermen. The climate is dry and sunny most of the year, with average daytime temperatures around 30 C. Some daytime rain between March and May, although substantially less than in Fortaleza.

  • Buses to(6, 9:30, 11AM, 12:30, 2:30, 5:30PM)and from (6, 8:30 11AM, 1:30 4:30 5:30PM) Fortaleza 6 times daily by São Benedito tel +55 85 3444 9999, about 3,5 hours, R$18,50. An alternative is to jump off any bus that passes Aracati, and switch to frequent minibuses for the last bit to Canoa.
  • Take one of the minibuses with daytrippers from Fortaleza, but they will charge you return price, R$40. Departure Fortaleza 7:30AM, Canoa (bus station) 4PM. 2,5 hours.
  • From Fortaleza, take the road CE-040.

Canoa Quebrada is all walkable. Go barefoot if you like.

  • The sunset from the dunes backing the town. The time to go is when the beach gets shady.
  • Walk along the beach in either direction. Note that certain stretches become partly flooded on high tide. Your knees will get wet.
  • Dune-buggy along the coast. Standard 2,5 hour trip for up to 4 people with a driver/guide is R$200.
  • Jangada (traditional fishing rafts with sail). R$10 per person for about 30 minutes.
  • Kitesurfing: Canoa kite school [dead link]
  • Tandem paragliding on the cliff top. R$50 for 15–20 minutes.
  • A cruise on the river Jaguaribe with a buggy tour before and after and lunch (not included) in Fortim sets you back R$80. Departure 10AM, return 4PM.

Due to its small size, many goods are scarce and/or overpriced. Aracati has what you need!

  • Get any souvenir with Canoa’s trademark: The star embraced by the crescent moon.

Food from the beach shacks is mostly inferior to that from the village restaurants. Many Broadway restaurants have special offers for lunch.

  • Biroska Brasil, Broadway. lunch and dinner. Set meals at R$7-8, extensive a la carte. 
  • Panela Cearense, Broadway (Next to Caverna). Lunch and dinner. Set meals from R$8. 
  • Costa Brava, Broadway. Good steaks and sauces Mains around R$30. 
  • Café Havana, Broadway. Top quality meats and attentive service. Mains around R$25. 
  • El Argentino (Lower end of Broadway). Mostly grilled meats, the buffet is a bit sparse. Mains around R$25, all-you-can-eat at R$29-39. 

Most people working in restaurants and bars in Canoa works for minimum wages and often without a proper contracts. In a lot of cases the menu states that the restaurant adds 10% tip. This is a tip for the owner, the workers never see this money. You can give tips directly to the waiter in her/his hand. Even a few R$ will be welcomed.

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