Caraivas was too far to reach within one day and I decided to stop somewhere in the middle and what else could have been a better choice than Itaunas?
I heard the town shall be laying in between beautiful sand dunes and of course I was “surprised” when the last stretch of road (approx. 50 km) was quite sandy. Memories of my crash in Bolivia came back… I tried not to think about it and focused on managing the challenging terrain.
When I arrived in town I found a very laid back small village with extremely relaxed people. Many restaurants and bars were unfortunately closed that day and were good indicators for the popularity of Itaunas during high season.
I found a nice pousada at the end of the town and beginning of the sand dunes, checked in and walked immediately to the sea which lead me through a beautiful mangrove.
A dog from the village spontaneously decided to join me and we made a beautiful walk together along the beach just to find a couple of beach bars where I enjoyed an ice cold coconut while the sun was setting. Simply beautiful!
While walking through the tiny village in the evening, I even met a German girl who decided to live an unconventional life together with her Brazilian husband. Apparently, she did her master thesis on the popular forro dance which would be charged as a public offence in many other countries, lol. When you see how it works, you know what I mean 😀
Itaunas is apparently one of the largest locations for forro dance parties at Christmas, Carnival and around July. I really could not believe it when looking at the rather Bob Marley layed back vibe, lol.