Top things to do in Pipa, Brazil

Top things to do in Pipa, Brazil

Pipa, Brazil is a town located just under 90 km from the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil. Like Madeira and Cabo Verde before it, Pipa is the latest Portuguese-language destination to become a digital nomad village.

Here are some of the top things to do in Pipa, Brazil.

Praia Baía dos Golfinhos

A journey across the rocks and around the cliffs to Praia Baía dos Golfinhos as the sun is setting is without question one of the most enchanting experiences you can have in Pipa. The beach itself is a large semicircle of toasted sand and gently rippling waves. Usually, there are only a few individuals sitting on the shore or floating in the water when a group of dolphins arrives daily. They play in the water, appearing and disappearing, seemingly unconcerned by their human friends on the shore.

A three-day stay or even longer at Praia da Pipa, a hippie-luxe beach hangout on Brazil's north-eastern coast, is heavenly. The bustling town center is just one of the amenities; it also has lovely beaches, dramatic cliffs, and rainforests as well as sparkling water.

The Beach of Love

The Beach of Love is named for the heart-shaped pools formed when the tide recedes. Surfers especially enjoy the tumbling waves that wash over the beach. You may reach it via the shore at low tide or by walking from town when the tide is high. People play bat-and-ball and volleyball on the sand, and you may watch them from your sun lounger.


There are two decent routes to hike with a guide if you want to experience the town on two feet. Alternatively, bikes are offered for rent if you want to wander leisurely. A 24km (14.9-mile) round trip goes up and down the cliffs and shoreline. Another route goes to Lagoa de Guaraíras and explores some of the sand dunes (16km / 9.9 miles).

Visit Chapadão Hill

Chapadão Hill is a hilltop park in the city of Goiânia, Brazil. It was the site of an important battle during the Paraguayan War, and it has since become a popular tourist attraction. The hill sits at an elevation of 725 meters (2,375 feet), and it is surrounded on three sides by forested mountains. The park’s most prominent feature is the large monolith known as “The Stone Woman.”

This was originally thought to be a statue of a female deity, but recent research shows that it may have been constructed as a marker to mark the old boundary between Brazil and Argentina.

Other features of the park include a viewpoint known as “The View,” several picnic areas, and two small museums dedicated to local history. The park can be reached via several different routes.

The most popular option involves taking a train from Goiânia to Chapadão Station. From there, it is a short walk to the main entrance of the park.

Another option involves taking a bus from Goiânia’s main bus terminal to Chapadão Station. From there, it is another short walk to the main entrance of the park.

Buggy riding

The greatest fun you can have while in the town is to drive a buggy down the coast and over the dunes. These open-top and all-terrain vehicles can carry up to four people, and you can drive them for miles along the seemingly endless beaches. The best trips last a day and include a stop at a lagoon, the world's largest cashew tree, monkeys and dolphins, and a pit stop for lunch at a beach restaurant.


It is hardly surprising that various sports have emerged on the Pipa slippery sand dunes, given their scale and abundance. strap a snow-style board to your feet and throw yourself down the sandy slopes, or go on your behind in the Brazilian style known as "esqui-bunda". You'll want to return for more.

Avenida Baía dos Golfinhos

One of the primary tourist streets in Pipa, Avenida Baía dos Golfinhos, has a variety of high-end stores, jewelry shops, bikini outlets, and souvenir and artwork stores. Some boutiques stock Osklen and Richards Brazilian brands, while surf emporiums carry global brands like Quicksilver, Billabong, and Rip-Curl. Shopping is a terrific rainy day activity or an evening activity after the sun has set when it's cooler.

Massages and treatments

Whether you want a pedicure, a haircut, or a full day of pampering, Pipa has it all. In addition to the salons in town, many pousadas, such as Sombre e Agua Fresca or Toca da Coruja, have their own spas where you can receive Ayurvedic treatments, reiki, reflexology, and various massages to help you relax and unwind.

Boat rides

Going for a boat ride to admire Pipa’s chalky white cliffs and search for resident dolphins is a great way to spend the day. Speedboats, fishing boats, schooners, and catamarans are all available for hire either on the ocean or in lagoons. Larger boats typically fill up with smaller groups prior to departing, whereas speedboats can be hired on an individual basis and the day’s itinerary can be customized to suit your taste.

Ecological sanctuary

Pipa's Santuário Ecológico is a wonderful ecological sanctuary where you can hike 150 kilometers of trails through the native Mata Atlântica rainforest. You can reach the rural Praia do Madeiro by walking down 150 steps or seeing turtles and their hatchlings from January through June thanks to the TAMAR conservation project. Dolphins, monkeys, and birds are frequently found in the vicinity.

Calangos Street

If you want to party at night, you'll find Pipa buzzing. There are a number of bars on Calangos Street where you can listen to live music or visit the town's nightclub, Calangos. Mikroponto is a tiny bar that has a huge tree outside that serves excellent mixed drinks and cold beer while surf videos play and rock music blares. Tribus is nearby, and it usually hosts live music performances that draw a huge, enthusiastic audience.

Day trip to the oldest cashew tree in the world

The oldest cashew tree in the world is located in Natal, Brazil. It is estimated to be around 1,000 years old and stands at a height of about 30 feet. The tree is also one of the few surviving cashew trees growing in Natal. It is believed to have been planted around 200 years ago by a local farmer who was passionate about farming. Since then, the tree has continued to grow and produce cashews.

Today, it is not only one of the oldest cashew trees in the world but also one of the most important tourist attractions. The tree is also known as "the Little Giant" or "the Old Woman." It was named after its size and impressive height. The tree produces large quantities of cashews which are sold locally. The cashews are also used by local families to make various dishes.

Watch the sunset

The most remarkable experience you can have in Pipa is to make your way across the rock and cliffs to Praia Baía dos Golfinhos as the sun is setting down. The beach itself is a large, curved crescent of toasted sand and softly rippling waves. There are usually only a few people about when a group of dolphins makes its daily trip to the bay. They play in the water, appearing and disappearing, apparently uninterested in their human acquaintances on the shore.

Curtis Duggan

Curtis Duggan

Curtis is a serial tech entrepreneur, content creator and the host of the Remotely Serious podcast on the future of remote work and digital nomadism.


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