Praia do forte

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Praia do forte
Município de Mata de São João
Municipality of Mata de São João
Praia do forte is located in Brazil
Praia do forte
Praia do forte
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 12°58′29″S 38°28′36″W / 12.97472°S 38.47667°W / -12.97472; -38.47667Coordinates: 12°58′29″S 38°28′36″W / 12.97472°S 38.47667°W / -12.97472; -38.47667
Country Brazil
RegionNortheast
Population
(2014)
 • Total1,800
Time zoneUTC-3

Praia do Forte is a long beach with a small village 80 km away from the city of Salvador de Bahia, located in northeastern Brazil and facing the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is known for its clear waters, white sand, natural pools, rivers and an ecological reserve of native flora and fauna.

Climate[edit]

Praia do forte features a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen: Af) with no discernible dry season due to no month having an average rainfall of 60 mm. Temperatures are relatively constant throughout the course of the year, Praia do forte's driest month of the year is September, where the village receives on average 10 cm (4 in) of precipitation. Praia do forte's wettest months are between April and June when at least 20 cm (8 in) of rain falls during each of these four months. A distinctive feature of this place is that it stays sunny throughout the whole year, with the difference that in the months from May to July rainy season occurs. Because of this, activities and excursions in the area vary according to the season.

Capoeira[edit]

Capoeira in Salvador.

Capoeira is a unique mix of dance and martial art of Afro-Brazilian origin, combining agile dance moves with unarmed combat techniques. Capoeira in Portuguese literally means "chicken coop". The presence of capoeira in Brazil is directly connected to the importation of African slaves by the Portuguese, and Salvador, the biggest city near Praia do forte, is considered the centre of origin of the modern capoeira branches.[1] In the first half of the 20th century, Salvador-born masters Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha founded capoeira schools and helped standardise and popularise the art in Brazil and the world. The practice of Capoeira was banned in 1892, though in 1937 it was made legal.[2] In recent years, Capoeira has become more international and accessible even in Salvador.

TAMAR project[edit]

The Projeto TAMAR (Portuguese for TAMAR Project, with TAMAR being an abbreviation of Tartarugas Marinhas, the Sea Turtles) is a Brazilian non-profit organization owned by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.[1] The main objective of the project is to protect sea turtles from extinction in the Brazilian coastline. The extremely worthwhile Tamar Project station, designed to protect endangered sea turtles, is located on the beach of Praia do Forte next to the church and lighthouse.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caopeira". Travelblog.org. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  2. ^ "Capoeira Information". Brazilplaces.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-04-17.

External links[edit]