Fernando de Noronha Archipelago
As per request, this week’s post is featuring a South American destination which is called Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. The 21 islands, which were formed by the mountain peaks of a volcanic cordillera, are off the coast of Brazil approximately 4 degrees from the equator! The main island, Fernando de Noronha, is the only island which is inhabited - by only 2,100 people. All of the others, the “secondaries,” are mainly frequented by scientists and troubadours.
The islands are absolutely gorgeous, as you can see in the pictures. The beaches and scenery are so breathtaking that I think this may be my favorite destination so far. The western side of Fernando de Noronha faces Brazil, and borders the “inside sea.” The inside sea is home to 10 beaches and two bays. The other side faces the “outside sea,” hosting four beaches, a creek, and shallow natural swimming pools formed by rocks.
There are more than 60 different places to stay (hotels and lodging houses), which is very surprising considering the small population of the island. The lodging is whimsically classified on the island’s official website as 1, 2, or 3 dolphins (3 being the highest rated). The archipelago’s tourism department also helps plan tours and activities for its visitors, including diving trips, surfing the tubular waves, kayak guided tours, and hikes – particularly in the National Marine Reserve of Fernando de Noronha, (tourists can only be accompanied by accredited guides, as the purposes of the Reserve are to strictly protect and preserve the fauna, flora and the remaining natural resources). But best of all, there are boat tours which are organized by local companies, and are one of the greatest ways to fully take advantage of some of the most beautiful parts of the archipelago.
I can say personally that I have fallen in love with this destination. I had never heard of it until I started researching, and it is certainly well off the beaten path. If you are interested in learning more and seeing some exquisite pictures, visit the official website.