Dunas de Genipabu
Dunas de Genipabu
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Maristela C
Sao Paulo, SP78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Best sight-seeing activity in Natal. These dunes are encrusted in the middle of the city, but are large enough to give a desert feeling. Our buggy driver (hired through Luck Receptivo) was NOT sensitive to the needs of an older tourist in the car. There is a LOT of room for improvement here to serve older and/or handicapped tourists.
Written February 15, 2022
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Eduardo E
Sao Paulo, SP108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Great trip for family and couples, visit serval beaches, and very exciting with several vertical drops that will please those looking for excitement, more tradicional dune drives can be done, just make sure you tell your driver before!
Written November 11, 2020
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Amiga007
Brussels, Belgium114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Ask the trip 'com emoção' - really worth it (except if you sufffer from heart or anxiety). It becames a bit expensive in the last year but it's still worth it
Written November 22, 2019
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Pascal
Ludwigsburg, Germany23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Fun trip through the dunes but you stop at many locations to buy additional services. Overall it is best to book the buggies in tje village santa rita before you entre the main tourists areas. We could save 50% by doing so.
Written January 4, 2021
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Barbara Z
London, UK217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We loved the sand dune ride. Our driver was Francisco and we decided to do the tour with Emocao (Thrill) which he didn't failt to deliver! We arranged our tour through the Manary hotel who introduced us to Felipe (skype: filipe.natal.cariri.ecotours)
Written May 8, 2014
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We appreciate the review and we are certain that we can further improve. Many thanks and keep returning!
Written May 24, 2014
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David R
Norwich, CT9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
Well, where do we start? A buggy picks you up at your hotel. And then off to another hotel to grab another couple. (hope there not too large, the buggy is quite small). Then it is moving on down the road. In 20 minutes you turn off the main road and head into the sand dunes. After only 5 minutes more, you stop on a hill w/ 20 other buggies to take some pictures. Here is where the sell begins. The ask if you want to get on top of a donkey to take a picture. Why, who knows?? The views are nice and then your off for another thrilling 5 minutes riding on the sand dunes. There all heck breaks loose and you come upon a camp of touts. You can snowboard on the sand, buy just about anything from the vendors, or, get this, ride a camel. Not sure if camels are indigenous to Brasil, but who knows? After that, you actually get to cruise around on the Dunes, which are beautiful. In another 10 minutes, the next stop. You can take a sled down a hill and crash into the water, not sure how much for that or you can shoot down a water slide. Then you proceed down the beach, where, you guessed it, they try to sell you food (tiny lobsters and squid) and always overpriced beer. Next is trip further down the beach, where you have to pay to get on a Balsa(ferry) to cross a river. (They try to sell the pix on the way back). Next stop is a buffet restaurant, which was quite expensive, but tasted good. On the way back, the buggy driver stops at a Lagoon. Why, we were not sure! We spend 45 min. on this tiny pond, where they try to sell you MORE, OVERPRICED items. Finally, this was it for touts and we headed back to our hotel. That is when the heavens opened up and I have never been that wet in my life(even swimming in the ocean). The actual ride could have taken 2 hours, but it lasted a brutal 6 hours. BE AWARE!!!! Others we talked to, loved the trip, but I wanted to let you know our experience. Happy Travels!!
Written March 27, 2012
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Jaume46
Tokyo, Japan100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
In a natural environment and with an experienced driver, it has been a fun and exciting experience for the whole family, with a lot of adrenaline included
Written August 10, 2019
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Joe
Rio de Janeiro, RJ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
The sand dunes are simply breathtaking! Wherever you look, the view is just spectacular! The images found on the Internet are just a hint of the beauty of the place! The buggy trip to the sand dunes is a must: you’ll be delighted all the way, not only with the views but also with the beaches and lagoons, not to mention the river crossing on a raft! The only snag is that trip ends in Porto Mirim, at a beach restaurant that offers uninspiring food at much higher prices than the best restaurants in Natal.
If you plan to take the buggy trip to the Genipabu sand dunes, avoid hiring the services of Mr. Luis J. We had a bad experience with him. While we negotiated the trip, he was amiable, and said that we could count on him “not just as a guide for the sand dunes, but also and mainly as a friend”. We asked if we could pay by cards, and he said yes, certainly. So we agreed on a trip for the next morning, and we hired a buggy just for us, for 500 reais. Coming the morning, he wanted to charge extra 50 reais, and asked to be paid in cash. We reminded him of what was agreed the day before, and reluctantly he said OK, and that on returning from the dunes we’d stop by his office for the payment by card. On returning, to our dismay, at his office his secretary announced that they only took debit cards, not credit cards, as was implied from the initial agreement. After some argument with Mr. Luis J., we produced our debit cards, but the card terminal simply wouldn't work! Instead of apologizing for the faulty terminal, Mr. Luis J. became angry and aggressive, and said that he had “trusted us and we did not have the money to pay him”. To end the distressful argument, we agreed to be taken to a nearby ATM to get the cash. So, if you don’t want to spoil your vacation in the beautiful city of Natal, avoid hiring the services of Mr. Luis. J., as unfortunately he does not seem to be a man of his words.
Written January 4, 2017
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CubsGirl77
Chicago, IL129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
The dunes are beautiful and worth a buggy ride. I wish we'd gotten to spend more time zooming up/down the dunes and less time stopping for photo-ops (where locals would try to talk us into donkey rides or camel rides or silly photos for a "tip"). We also spent too much time on a flat beach rather than the dunes. Most tours seemed to have the same itinerary/path.
Written July 10, 2014
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TravelNut2020
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was so much fun it was hard to stop smiling. Make sure to stop and take it all in. Bring cash for all the extra activities along the way.

Yes I slid down a dune into a river - twice!

Buggy rides for all!!!
Written June 23, 2014
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