Until 1985, Jericoacoara was just a small fishing village, lost among huge dunes and isolated from the rest of the world. When tourism discovered it, the fame of Jericoacoara knew no more borders. It has been the subject of several television programs and important publications worldwide. The American newspaper The Washigton Post chose it as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on the planet in 1994. There are no access roads in the last ten miles to get to Jeri (construction of roads within the area of environmental protection is prohibited by law , so a four-wheel drive vehicle is required to reach the reserve. In 1984, a federal law declared Jericoacoara area of environmental protection and in 2002 the area reached maximum status in terms of environmental protection, being named National Park.
It is located three hundred kilometers west of the capital of the state of Ceará, Fortaleza.
There are many versions for the origin of the name Jericoacoara. Most likely it is a combination of words from the Tupi Guarani indigenous language. Yuruco (Pit) + suara (sea turtle), means "Pit of the sea turtles". This refers to the fact that Jericoacoara was a place where sea turtles came to dig the burrows and lay their eggs. Some ancient fishermen claim, however, that the name comes from the format of the "Serrote" (small saw next to the Village, where the Jericoacoara lighthouse is situated), which, seen from the high sea, is in the shape of a lying alligator, or local expression, of an alligator in the sun. The place was called before Jacarequara, coming to be, as time passed Jericoacoara.
What to know
There are numerous activities on site: hiking, buggy rides, quad biking or horseback riding, fishing trips and extreme sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, standup paddling and sandboarding.
The Magic of Jeri
Jeri Is to step on the sand, rustic streets without public lights, peace, tranquility and quite.