Natal → Atins + Lencois (IM)


9 - 28 Sept. | 20 days | 775 mi


Day 1: 9 Sept.

Natal → Perobas | 43 mi

We hit the water in Natal north of the Newton-Navarro Bridge. More precisely on Praia da Redinha beach. Here, the shore is not only more expansive, but also not nearly as crowded as Praia de Ponta Negra. Today’s kite spot, Perobas, is 43-miles north of us. For the next 19 miles, villages on the beach will be our constant companions. Only after Maxaranguape does it becomes scenically more interesting. On the way we pass ‘Cape St. Rochus‘, known as Cabo de São Roque in Portuguese. This cape forms the northeastern tip of South America and is the closest point to the coast of Africa.

The cliff ends before the next settlement of Caraúbas. In the following village of Maracajaú – also known as the Brazilian Caribbean – snorkeling is extremely popular. The reefs there are literally overrun by tourists from home and abroad. However, these reefs do not affect us as they are located a little further out to sea. From here, it is another 16-miles to our destination. The villages on the coast are becoming fewer and smaller, while undeveloped coastal areas are becoming more and more. Finally, we reach our beachfront accommodation, the Siri Paraíso Hotel, where we land our kites directly on the kite beach.

Day 2: 10 Sept.

Perobas → São Miguel do Gostoso | 34 mi

The next day we continue to São Miguel do Gostoso directly at the kite beach in front of the Hotel Siri Paraíso in Perobas. At 34-miles, the distance is roughly the same as the day before. Our current beach, Praia de Perobas, ends less than 2.5-miles further and is followed by Praia de Carnaubinha. The next larger municipality, Touros, has a very pretty bay. The longest federal highway in Brazil begins and ends here in Touros. It is over 2920-miles long and passes through 12 states near the coast. Three miles later we pass the 203 feet high, black and white painted lighthouse Farol do Calcanhar, which was clearly visible from a great distance. At 203 feet tall, it is the tallest lighthouse in Brazil. From the lighthouse it is less than 12-miles to the Kauli Seadi Beach Hotel in São Miguel do Gostoso.

Day 3: 11 Sept.

São Miguel do Gostoso → Galinhos | 50 mi

Today’s destination Galinhos is a good 50 miles away on the water. We get going in front of the Kite Center Kauli Seadi which is located about 1.6 mi east of the center of São Miguel do Gostoso – directly on the beach. We’ll leave São Miguel do Gostoso and kite parallel to the wide sandy beach. 6-miles later we reach a beautiful bay which is part of Praia de Tourinhos beach. After a little more than half of the day’s route, we have reached the northernmost point for today. From the wind farm near São Bento do Norte, our route runs towards WSW. Several-miles follow without any signs of civilization. We reach Galos in the late afternoon. From here it is only a short distance to Galinhos. We‘ll spend the night at Pousada Amagali-Galinhos or Pousada Brésil Aventure. Both are really great.

Day 4: 12 Sept.

Galinhos → Ponta do Mel | 53 mi

Now our journey with the wind continues. Ponta do Mel is on the program for today and 53-miles have to be covered. So we leave Galinhos, which is located on a headland just 440-660 yards wide. We cross to the other shore of the huge estuary. Here you will find a number of sandbanks and in between there are mirror-smooth flat water spots. 12-miles further on, the scenery repeats itself. North of Barreiras there are-miles of sandbanks and countless flat water spots. Due to the shallow water and the light sand, the water is unusually turquoise. 19-miles before our destination, the course suddenly turns northwest again. The red sand in the hinterland is an indication that Ponta do Mel is not far away.

Day 5: 13 Sept.

Ponta do Mel → Tibau | 31 mi

After breakfast in the Beiral Pousada e Restaurante, we continue the journey. Two longer stretches are behind us. A shorter tour of only 31-miles awaits us today. Today we go to Tibau. Its a place on the border between the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. While the course initially still heads WNW for the first 6.2-miles, it then heads west for another 12.4-miles. We pass Areia Branca, whose name White Sand is based on the salt extraction in this area. After crossing the Rio Apodi, we have another 9.3-miles to go in a north-westerly direction. A good meal and chilled drinks are already waiting for us in the Pousada Beijo Mar in Tibau.

Day 6: 14 Sept.

Tibau → Canoa Quebrada | 43 mi

After a well deserved sleep at the Pousada Beijo Mar, today’s 43-mile adventure takes us to the well-known holiday resort of Canoa Quebrada. Already 2-miles after the start we pass the border between Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. The beach runs for a good 9.3-miles in a NNW direction until the coast slowly but surely describes a slight curve to the left. It takes a full 6.2-miles before the coastal strip finally runs to WNW. You can’t see it, but you can feel it by the direction of the wind. We will continue in this direction until we reach our today’s destination.

Countless small fishing boats, the so-called Jangadas, are anchored on Praia da Barrinha beach. At first glance, you wouldn’t trust them, but these boats can even master the high seas. The beach is still sandy and spacious, but not for long. Soon a red cliff will accompany us over a length of 3.1-miles to Redonda, where we will encounter more Jangadas. The red sand dunes that follow are a real eye-catcher. After a short break, the red cliff accompanies us again on our tour. Shortly before the famous Canoa Quebrada trademark, the white logo in the rock on the beach, we go ashore.

Day 7: 15 Sept.

Canoa Quebrada | Day off

After 6 days of kitesurfing and 260-miles later, a day’s rest in the chilly tourist town of Canoa Quebrada is just what we‘ll need. Visiting the Broadway or the famous Freedom Bar on the beach should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Day 8: 16 Sept.

Canoa Quebrada → Uruaú | 37 mi

After the route briefing in the Pousada Tranquilândia Village, we set up our kites on the beach of Canoa Quebrada. A 37-mile route with numerous flat water points lies ahead of us today. We leave the popular tourist spot and kite towards the northwest. About 10-miles from our start, we reach the 550 yards wide estuary of the 370-miles long Rio Jaguaribe. With the right tide you have a very large flat water spot here. For the next two miles we go north until we circle the rocky cape. Afterwards, the coast runs in a northwesterly direction to the small estuary of the Rio Pirangi.

This is also where the Parajuru kite spot begins. Thanks to the long sandbanks and the lagoon, you will find a very safe and uncrowded beginner’s area here. At about here, we have completed half of today’s route. After a break, it goes on with fresh strength. The beach is initially quite flat and wide it and becomes noticeably narrower as the coast becomes higher and higher. Only six kilometers before Uruaú the beach becomes wider again and the coast flat. Just before the Lagoa de Uruaú lagoon, we land our kites on the beach of our accommodation, the Hotel Boutique Zebra Beach.

Day 9: 17 Sept.

Uruaú → Fortaleza | 50 mi

We will travel 50-miles today from Uruaú to Praia do Futuro beach in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará. The coast is only flat for a short distance and, just as the day before, a white and orange wall accompanies us. Since the water reaches the rocks at high tide, it is only possible to drive along the beach at low tide. 3-miles later, we’ll kite past the Gruta da Mãe d’agua (Mother of water cave). When we arrive at the beach Praia de Morro Branco, the impressive cliffs fade away. Along a 5-mile wide sandy beach, we reach the mouth of the Rio Choró and on the other side lies the kite spot Barra Nova. This kite spot offers excellent flat water conditions and isn’t overcrowded.

After several miles of pristine beach we’ll need to cross the beautiful scenic Rio Mal Cozinhado. On the other bank of the river is the village of Caponga. At its end there is a beach section with only a few buildings near the sea until Barro Preto. There are more and more houses on the beach and the hotel complexes are getting bigger. You can tell that you are approaching a big city. You can tell that we are approaching a big city after crossing the Rio Cocó. It will be very apparent that we are now in the metropolis of Fortaleza. We will shortly arrive at our destination, the Restaurant Guarderia Brasil in Fortaleza.

Day 10: 18 Sept.

Fortaleza → Cumbuco | 31 mi

Today we will be accompanied on the 31-mile route to Cumbuco for the most part by the elongated metropolis of Fortaleza.

Day 11: 19 Sept.

Cumbuco → Lagoinha | 50 mi

After breakfast at the Pousada Tropical Wind and the subsequent route briefing, we will set off north of the accommodation on the beach. From Cumbuco, one of the oldest and most famous kite spots in Brazil, our 50-mile route takes us to Lagoinha. We pass the famous Cauipe Lagoon – and a few-miles later we have to land our kites. Going beneath the piers is faster than going around the outside in the sea. We continue our trip on the beach of Pecem. It’s about 6.5-miles to Taiba. At the end of this kite spot we pass the Lagoa Taiba before we come across one of the best wave spots in this area called Quebra Mar in Paracuru. From here, it is another 15.5-miles to our destination – the beach of Lagoinha. We will spend the night at the Hotel Platô.

Day 12: 20 Sept.

Lagoinha → Icaraí de Amontada | 50 mi

First we hit Donkey Kite Lagoon on the beach, with our destination today being Icarai de Amontada. 50-miles of bathtub-warm salt water separate us at the start. The closest kite spot is Guajiru, less than 12.5-miles away. We pass along Flecheiras and Emboaca before we reach the picturesque bay of Mundaú. We’ll cover more than half today’s distance before we stop for a break at Baleia. The beach in this area is spacious and the sea is tame, so we can get ahead quickly. We will shortly arrive in beautiful bay of Icaraí de Amontada. At its western end is the Pousada Villa Mango, our accommodation for tonight.

Day 13: 21 Sept.

Icaraí de Amontada → Jericoacoara | 75 mi

After breakfast at Villa Mango a real challenge awaits us; today’s distance is 75-miles! We’re heading to the most famous party place in CearáJericoacoara. This is going to be tough, but every participant can, whenever he wants, continue on land with the support vehicles. 75 miles of kitesurfing in one day is absolutely not everyone’s cup of tea. In no time we are out of the bay and pass the neighboring village of Moitas. Before we get to Patos, an excellent shallow water spot in this region, we quickly cross the Rio Aracatiacu. At the end of the extensive beach Praia dos Patos is the Rio Aracati-Mirim and behind lies Almofala. If we are lucky with the tides and it’s high tide, we can kite in the river at the end of Praia de Almofala up to Ilha do Guajiru.

Now follows a long section with alternating mangrove forests and estuaries on the coast. The next bigger kite spot is Preá, which lies 10 miles before our destination. We kite past the landmark of Jeri, the Pedra Furada, a stone archway on the beach. Now still around the bay and soon we go ashore exhausted but happy, while the sun is setting south of the Duna do Pôr do Sol. For today there are only 3 more things to do: taking a shower, eating and drinking, and above all sleeping. Our accommodation is Pousada Surfing Jeri and it will be nice to chill before our well-deserved rest day.

Day 14: 22 Sept.

Jericoacoara | Day off

After the extremely long stretch the day before, everyone can use some rest today. Jeri is a great place for some rest and relaxation, but those of you who are really die-hard kiters, you’re more than welcome to hit the water today as well. Apart from that, Jeri offers numerous other ways to spend the day. In any case, it won’t be boring in Jeri.

Day 15: 23 Sept.

Jericoacoara → Camocim | 34 mi

Today’s route is fairly easy and the route briefing will be held at Pousada Surfing Jeri. it’s a 34-mile stretch to Camocim and it’s pretty much reef free. The start takes place a little southwest of Jeri, outside the wind cover area of the large dune Duna do Por do Sol. The first 6.5-miles are leisurely and relaxed along the extensive beach of Jeri which was once used as a backdrop for a movie. In Guriú, our escort vehicles have to cross the river with the small ferries. After another 6.5 miles without any houses on the beach we reach the kite spot Tatajuba. It’s a good idea to take a break here.

About 13-miles are still ahead of us until we reach the river Rio Coreaú at Camocim. This stretch is also completely undeveloped and the beach is completely untouched and natural. The river mouth is about 550 yards wide at the narrowest point. We have to go about 2.5-miles north around to the dilapidated Farol do Trapiá lighthouse. Our destination, the Villa del Mar Praia Hotel, is less than 2 miles away from here.

Day 16: 24 Sept.

Camocim → Barra Grande | 43 mi

The 43-miles route begins in Camocim and ends in Barra Grande in the state of Piaui. Our kites soar into the sky on the wide beach of our accommodation, the Villa del Mar Praia Hotel. The nearest town, Maceió, is located 6.5 miles in the WSW direction. It’s located in a small picturesque bay whose shores are lined with numerous palm trees. Shortly thereafter is the mouth of the Riacho Cangalha, the town of Amarela, and then the great estuary of the Rio dos Remédios. At the widest point, it measures approximately 1.25-miles.

The next inhabited beach section is Praia das Curimãs, which is about 5 miles away. This beach involuntarily got into the local news in 2014 when a 40-ton, 16-meter-long sperm whale stranded here and died. Another 6.5-miles to the west is the fishing village of Bitupitá and 3-miles to the southwest is an estuary. When crossing the second arm of the river we pass the border between Ceará and Piauí. On the other side is the village of Cajueiro da Praia and halfway through which we pass the beautiful beach Praia de Barrinha. From here, the distance to today’s destination is only 6-miles. Our journey today ends on the beach of Barra Grande in front of the luxurious Pousada BGK. The abbreviation BGK stands for – who would have guessed it – Barra Grande Kite!

Day 17: 25 Sept.

Barra Grande → Delta das Américas | 34 mi

In Barra Grande, we’ll leave Pousada BGK and venture off to Delta das Américas, 34-miles away. It is only a stone’s throw downwind to the neighboring flat water spot Macapá. At the end of Praia de Maramar, we will have to watch out for the reef near the beach for a few miles. We’d better stay here a few hundred yards in the sea from the beach. The water situation relaxes in front of the pretty bay of Praia do Arrombado. Soon we’ll reach a few suburbs, and a little later, Luís Correia itself. At the end of the beach is the port of Luís Correia. Here, a pier of stones and concrete extends almost 1.5 miles into the sea. The sharp-edged stones are uninviting so we’ll just kite around them. During the next section, we’ll kite along Praia da Pedra do Sal for 6-miles. The lighthouse of the same name sits enthroned at its northern end. From here it is another 6 miles to our last stage for today. If the tides allow it and the navy is not watching, its just a few more-miles of kitesurfing in the Rio Parnaíba. Otherwise, we will cover the last few miles to Pousada Casa de Caboclo by boat.

Day 18: 26 Sept.

Delta das Américas → Tutóia | 50 mi

Today you can really speak of a kick-ass kitesurf expedition! A boat will takes us from Pousada Casa de Caboclo downstream to Baía das Canárias island. From there we start our 50-miles kitesurf downwinder to Tutóia. The special thing about this route is (apart from a few simple fishing huts) there are absolutely no buildings on the beach. Even with an off-road vehicle, it’s not possible to drive on this beach. That’s why a boat will follow us today – and not the usual 4×4 on the beach. The whole area from the mangrove jungle to the beach is a nature reserve. The next several-miles will be an impressive spectacle, courtesy of mother nature. Here Brazil shows itself from its most beautiful side and all without the usual wind turbines.

At a suitable point we go from the sea over the sandbank to the river and continue kiting there. Then we get back into the sea and cross a 2 miles wide estuary. Shortly thereafter, a 3-mile long sandbank ensures mirror-smooth water on the leeward side. A pristine beach accompanies us for the next tranquil 9.5-miles. Not a soul for miles. No wonder, because the next town is almost 12 miles away as the crow flies. Once again, a huge estuary has to be crossed. We follow the headland to the northernmost point, round it and kite the last 7.5 miles straight south. A few hundred meters from Tutóia beach we pass a large shipwreck. We land our kites on the beach in front of our accommodation – the Pousada Jagatá. Today’s experience will be unforgettable!

Day 19: 27 Sept.

Tutóia → Atins | 43 mi

After a night at the Pousada Jagatá in Tutóia, we set out to conquer the 43-mile route to Atins. We leave the shipwreck behind and head west. Less than 10-miles later we reach an excellent flat water spot in the sea near the romantic sight of Praia Peroba. These are a few freshwater lagoons in the dunes. We continue along the beach in a westerly direction until we encounter a large estuary. On the other side is the beach Praia dos Tatus. From here, the journey goes north-west for almost 19 miles. At the narrowest point, the peninsula is less than 275 yards wide. Bound to the east by the Atlantic, and west by the vast Rio Preguiças river. After several-miles with no signs of civilization – apart from the multitude of wind turbines – there are several pousadas here on Praia De Caburé beach. From here, it is less than 6-miles to Atins. We just have to kite around the headland and head south through the river. Our accommodation, Paraiso dos Ventos, is located less than 220 yards from the beach.

Day 20: 28 Sept.

Atins → Lençóis Maranhenses | 25 mi

An optional visit to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is on the agenda today. After the café da manhã we meet on the beach of Atins. From there we kite 2-miles out to the open sea and go downwind from there. After a few-miles by the sea, the pick-up is waiting for us on the beach. The vehicle takes us a bit inland to one of the numerous lagoons. Once there, we kite in the crystal-clear fresh water for a few hours. After this unique experience, we will return by vehicle to Atins where we will spend the night at the Pousada Paraíso dos Ventos.

  • Advanced kite surfer with a good basic fitness
  • Kitesurfing in the open sea with moderate waves
  • Relaunch the kite from the water
  • Master the body drag also upwind
  • Familiar on how to Self rescue
  • Able to ride Switch or Toedside very well
Body weightKite size
130 lbs6 – 8 – 10 m2
180 lbs8 – 10 – 12 m2
220 lbs10 – 12 – 14 m2
Recommended kite sizes in Brazil depending on the weight of the kiter
  • Overnight stay in comfortable and clean accommodations
  • Delicious and exotic breakfast
  • Kitesurfing accompanied by professional guides
  • Support vehicle on the beach or motorboat
  • If necessary, rescue with jet ski
  • Water, juice, fruits and snacks during breaks at the beach
  • Long sleeve lycra of the event
  • Flight
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch and dinner


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