Northeast Brazilian Folklore Tour: Capoeira and Handicrafts

4 Hours
Private Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $185 Per Person (Based on 2)

Northeast Brazilian Folklore Tour: Capoeira and Handicrafts

4 Hours
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From (USD) $185 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Northeast Brazilian Folklore Tour: Capoeira and Handicrafts

      Natal, Brazil
      From (USD) $185 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Capoeira exhibition: Watch martial art masters and their students perform the Roda de Capoeira, a musical circle with two participants performing intricate capoeira moves.
      • Capoeira lesson: Become part of the performance as members of the academy show you some steps and let you join in a roda yourself. It's a kick, to say the least.
      • Authentic crafts: Browse an array of local handicrafts at the Visitors Center, including delicate keepsakes woven from golden grass and elegantly embroidered clothing.
      About this Natal tour

      No one is exactly sure when the capoeira came to be. Its roots are said to go as far back as the 16th century, but records from that time are extremely scarce.

      It's believed the capoeira began as a tool to help runaway slaves learn the quickness and dexterity they would need to survive alone in a tremendously hostile environment, and it was further developed and enhanced as Europeans, unhappy with civilized life, joined the runaways in their hard-to-reach settlements.

      It's come a long way.

      What you'll see on this tour is the cultural development of the capoeira andndash; a rapid display of kicks, complex choreography, and impressive acrobatics set to music and song, without the serious takedowns that would happen in battle.

      The synchronization between the two performers inside the roda circle is precise and captivating, and while the "dance" is going on, you can easily see why someone with this skill would get the best of someone without it. In fact, some of the fight moves are so artfully disguised that they appear friendly. But actual opponents interpret them that way at their own peril.

      This centuries-old symbol of resistance is still a force for good. Your visit helps the Boa Vontade academy teach the art of capoeira to young people in poor communities, getting them off the streets and renewing pride in themselves and their country's heritage. So feel free to join in. You're part of it now.

      The biggest mocambo

      A mocambo was a settlement established by runaway slaves deep in the rainforest. One of them was not far south of Natal, and consisted of many villages that joined together for over a century. Their skill at capoeira helped them repel 24 attacks by Portuguese colonial forces and 18 full-fledged invasions, prompting soldiers to claim it took an entire cavalry regiment to capture one warrior.

      Getting prepared
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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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