Maceio, Brazil

Maceio is the capital of Alagoas State.  It has a population of approximately one million people and is therefore considerably smaller than Recife.  Our guide said it was “in development” and we could see evidence of industrial development and a lot of activity at the port.  It also has many beautiful beaches and attracts a large number of Brazilian and international tourists. Maceio translates roughly as ”flood plain” and refers to natural springs that are found in the area.  Some of them flow to the sea but others become trapped and form lagoas or lakes.  It was to one of these, Mundau Lagoon, that I went today on my beach excursion.  We drove south and then west until we reached a small village with many small restaurants and other tourist facilities.  We got on a small boat and had a leisurely cruise to Nostalgia Beach, passing some fish farms, fishermen and then the exit from the lagoon to the ocean before arriving at the beach (photos).  The beach was on a narrow sand strip with the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other.  The ocean side was too dangerous to swim there.  We spent a few hours at the beach and were able to purchase freshly caught and cooked fish for lunch (photo).  It was delicious.   Our next port on Wednesday is Vitoria.

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