Fortaleza is a coastal Portuguese colony in the north of Brazil and our first stop of our journey.The city is known for the long running beaches and piers, however there is a overwhelming sense of neglect away from the beach fronts.The beach front hosts, skyscrapers and secure apartment blocks along with some of the best street food stalls. But, behind these buildings are clusters of run down, dirty streets.Fortaleza is also known for the high crime rate caused by illegal drugs. There is definitely some areas of the city that foreigners/tourists would not feel comfortable being in.Some security advise for being in Fortaleza:
- Only go to beaches and parks that are policed.
- Never show your valuables in public.
This was the tip we got from locals and Susannah had a woman tell her off for having her phone in her back pocket…
- Secure your bag with a lock and wear to the side or on the front.
- Get a money bag/belt
These are great for hiding your wallet, phone and any lose valuables.
- Always have some spare change/low value notes in your pocket
- Have a long day at the beach! (Prepare yourself for the wind)
- Take a walk round the cultural centre
- Try the street stalls at night along the beaches
- Watch the sunset over the west mountains on the Espigão Da João Cordeiro!
- Visit the inland shopping malls, maybe see a movie or two?
All in all, Fortaleza isn’t the place for your typical beach holiday but if you want to experience Brazil away from the tourist zones this should be on your to go list.~Nadine~Susannah