South America

Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, at Sunset

One of the best beach destinations that I have ever visited has to be Porto de Galinhas (brutally translated to mean Chicken Port), without a doubt. It’s a perfect destination for all kinds of water sports, including regular surfing, kite-surfing, canoeing, stand-up, snorkeling and scuba diving.

With its northern position, it is fairly close to the equator and maintains a gorgeous average temperature of 27 degrees all year round. Travelling around the town from beach to beach in Porto de Galinhas by bicycle is a real must or, if you are feeling a little lazy, you can hire a buggy with friends for the day and enjoy the sensation of having the wind blowing through your hair.

Food-wise, make sure to try the local snack known as tapioca (which is a kind of empanada or pasty made from tapioca flour). You can buy sweet or savory tapiocas of many kinds from many different places. After a day of lounging around on the beach, it is the perfect way to fill a gaping hole before dinner. The crepes on a stick are really tasty too!

As tribute to my wonderful two weeks in Porto de Galinhas, I share a small oil painting of the small back streets close to the hostel La Rocca at sunset. The painting is in the style of Paul Cezanne, French impressionist painter and a master of the use of color. Enjoy!

Painted with oils on canvas in the style of French Impressionist painter, Paul Cezanne.

Tracey Chandler
Tracey used to be Head of Dance, Drama and Literature in a secondary school in London. At the age of 27, she decided to head off to the mountains in Venezuela with her life in her backpack in order to be a freelance writer. She had no home to go to in Venezuela, no job, no experience as a writer, no source of income, and she couldn't speak Spanish either (although now she speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese). When she thinks about what she did now, it makes her a little nervous. She can't believe how brazen she was, but it was the best thing she ever did.

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