Northeast Brazilian Folklore Tour: Capoeira and Handicrafts
- 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.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
This tour requires walking up a relatively short but steep incline to reach the handicraft market.
Cultural, Shopping, Bus Tour, Family Friendly
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
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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