Sipping from a fresh coconut while laying on a beautiful beach in Brazil. Visiting one of the biggest water parks of Latin America and having your photos taken by a professional photographer. Buggy riding, zip lining, visiting a coffee plantation and eating the most delicious seafood imaginable. All of these while meeting a bunch of other awesome content creators. My first press trip to Ceará in Brazil sounds like a dream come true for a newly started travel blogger, right?
Believe me, I was beyond surprised when The Secretary of Tourism of The State of Ceará in Brazil invited me to their 6-day blogger fam press trip in February. Their intention was to showcase Ceará’s main attractions and tourism infrastructure to different content creators. They arranged and organized everything – from flights, hotel stays and transport to meals, activities, tour guides and even a personal photographer.
From rainy Holland to sunny Ceará
As there are new flight connections from several European cities to Fortaleza, I was able to take a flight from Amsterdam directly to Ceará’s capital.
I remember hearing the beautiful Brazilian Portuguese (my favorite language) while waiting to board the plane – I still couldn’t believe I was going to a new continent on my first press trip ever!
Once we landed, the lovely staff who was responsible for the organization was already waiting for us at the arrivals. They took us to Beira Mar in Fortaleza where we checked into the beautiful hotel Oásis Atlântico. As there were no activities planned for the evening I decided to go to bed quite early as I knew the next few days were going to be very busy. :)
Trying out the waterslides in Beach Park and dancing the night away in Canoa Quebrada
After a delicious breakfast, where I finally tried Pão de queijo (cheese bread) and a Tapioca (Brazilian flour pancakes), we checked out of our hotel and hit the road with a bus. A couple of hours later we arrived at Beach Park, a water park situated in Porto das Dunas in Aquiraz. There, we spent almost the whole afternoon and felt like kids again while running around all the waterslides.
This water park is the largest water park in Latin America and it even has the second tallest slide in the world – named Insano.
What do you think – did I have the courage to try it out?
After all the fun we drove to Canoa Quebrada, a small and cute fishing village known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará. We checked into the stunning Long Beach Hotel, freshened up a bit and checked out the Broadway area. There, we had a traditional Brazilian dinner at Patio Grill. After
Buggy riding and zip lining on the beach
The third day was without a doubt the most awesome day of the whole trip. In the morning the buggy drivers were already waiting for us in front of our hotel. They were ready to take us on a bumpy ride along the beach and its cliffs all the way to the zip lining area. Being quite the adrenaline freak I was beyond excited to try all these activities.
In the evening we drove back to Fortaleza to Colosso, an idyllic and sophisticated lake lounge. Even though the place was very upscale, I simply couldn’t help myself when I saw a lonely stand-up paddle board in the middle of a pond. I simply had to jump on it, woops!
Shopping at the Central Market, visiting the events center and an afternoon on the beach
The next day we started the day off by visiting the Central Market of Fortaleza. This multi-level market offers local products, leather goods, textiles, jewelry and souvenirs.
The market is located in the middle of the historical center of Fortaleza. Therefore, we also checked out the famous St. Joseph’s Cathedral and had a mini tour of the city fortress which now also serves as a museum.
The afternoon was free of organized activities. Since we hadn’t had the chance to soak up the sun on one of the famous Brazilian beaches yet we decided to visit Praia do Futuro.
Liberation of the slaves, Guaramiranga coffee plantation and crab dinner
We started the next day off by visiting the slavery liberation museum in Redençāo with a Douradinho Cachaça factory nearby. This is the first place in Brazil where slavery was abolished, 5 years before the rest of the country did so.
It was really difficult seeing the places where the slaves used to live, learn about the way they were being treated and about the techniques they were being tourtered with. However, I always think these kind of places are the most important places we should visit while traveling. We should always try to acknowledge the history of the place we’re visiting and learn as much as possible from it.
After the sad but interesting history lesson and a cachaça tasting, it was time to have a coffee plantation tour with Café Uchôa in Guaramiranga. During a short hike around the plantation, we had a chance to learn everything about this lovable brown drink. We had a tasting and I can definitely vouch for the reputation of Brazilian coffee as being one of the best coffees in the world. Delicious!
In the afternoon we drove back to Fortaleza and prepared for our last official activity together – amazing crab dinner at the Barraca Santa Praia.
Last moments in Ceará
As our flight was only in the evening and we had no activities planned on our final day we decided to do one of the best things you can do in Brazil. We jumped into a taxi and drove to a nearby resort where we spent a couple of hours on the beach. I had my last fresh coconut and left an eternal souvenir on the beach, as I lost my beloved Ray Bans. They fell in the water during a little photo shoot. Oh well, I hope they will enjoy beautiful Brazil forever! :)
Overall the Ceará press trip was absolutely amazing! I still can’t believe I got to visit Brazil, a country that was on my bucketlist since… literally forever! I am beyond flattered and grateful I have been chosen to discover beautiful Ceará with other amazing content creators. A big thanks to Descubra Ceará and all the organizers who went above and beyond to ensure everyone had an amazing time!
Have you ever been on a bloggers press trip? If yes, where did you go and how did you like it? Please let me know in the comments, I’m very curious to hear your stories!
This post was written in collaboration with Descubra Ceará.
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