Natal Sightseeing Drive, the Fort, and the World's Largest Cashew Tree
- Guided sightseeing drive: See the landmarks of downtown Natal and the historic Ribiera, including stately government buildings, monuments, and churches.
- Forte dos Reis Magos: Man the ramparts and cannons at this 16th-century star-shaped fort, strategically located where Brazil's "Rio Grande" empties into the Atlantic.
- World's largest cashew tree: Thanks to a genetic mutation, this two-acre monster is 70 times larger than an ordinary cashew tree, yielding more than 60,000 nuts a year.
About this Natal tour
Natal means Christmas in Portuguese, and this tour will make you feel like you're opening one present after another.
The historic district is an architectural smorgasbord. While Natal dates back to 1599, most of the buildings in the Ribiera are from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and include baroque, French, neo-classic, eclectic and art-deco styles. Here you'll see the Governor's Mansion (1873, Victorian), the Alberto Maranhao Theatre (1898, colonial), and the Metropolitan Cathedral (1988, part Catholic Traditional, part Star Trek).
Up the coast you'll come across one of nature's true wonders, as officially designated by the Guinness Book of World Records: the largest cashew tree in the world. This 1,000-year old tree covers over two acres and produces 2.5 tons of nuts a year.
If you were opening presents, the Forte dos Reis Magos would be the big box sitting in the corner. It's fitting that a city named Christmas would have a fort named after the Three Wise Men appropriately; it was founded on Dec. 25, 1599. It may not have been a wise decision to build it so close to the river, though it couldn't be reached on foot at high tide, and took 30 years to build. But it was strategically positioned to defend Portuguese territory from European warships, so it was the gift that kept on giving, once it was done. And it looks like it was built yesterday, with gleaming whitewashed walls.
So here they are: the cultural, natural, and historical gems of a place named after Christmas, all neatly gift-wrapped by a very, very big tree.
When you gotta go, you gotta go
The commander of Fort dos Reis Magos had a private escape route: a secret passage to a waiting boat that he could use if capture seemed imminent. Interestingly, the passage ran under the fort's toilets, which also followed a path to the ocean. Anyone encountering the commander after this retreat would notice more than a whiff of cowardice.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
There are stairs at the Fort and to access the gazebo at Cashew Tree.
Private Tour, Scenic, Cultural, Family Friendly
Sedan or Van
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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