Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

From a distance, the main island of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil's northeast coast Brazil, is recognizable by its largest volcanic pea

From a distance, the main island of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast Brazil, is recognizable by its largest volcanic peak, Pico Mount, viewed here from the west

 

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil is a volcanic archipelago of 21 islands about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast.  It is named after its largest island, a protected national marine park and ecological sanctuary with a jagged coastline and diverse ecosystems.  Fernando de Noronha is renowned for its undeveloped beaches, and for scuba diving and snorkeling. Sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks swim in its warm, clear waters.  Fiercely protected by the local environmentalist organization, these pristine islands and ecosystem are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a peaceful haven for the lucky few who visit its tranquil shores.  The quaint neighborhoods of Vila dos Remédios and nearby Vila do Trinta hold a few well-preserved remnants from the colonial period.

 

At Baia de Sueste (Sueste Bay) we went snorkeling and had the opportunity to see a number of turtles and lobsters (hiding in holes on the ocean bottom), along with an array of tropical f

At Baia de Sueste (Sueste Bay) we went snorkeling and had the opportunity to see a number of turtles and lobsters (hiding in holes on the ocean bottom), along with an array of tropical fish, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Our truck drove us a few kilometers (miles) from Baia de Sueste to a point overlooking Praia do Leão (Lion Beach), one of the archipelago_s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Ferna

Our truck drove us a few kilometers (miles) from Baia de Sueste to a point overlooking Praia do Leão (Lion Beach), one of the archipelago’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

We were then driven across the island to the western side to a nature park with trails through the heavily forested preserve, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

We were then driven across the island to the western side to a nature park with trails through the heavily forested preserve, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A beautiful local tree on our walk to the coast, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A beautiful local tree on our walk to the coast, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The view from the trail at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint) to the southwest, with the tip of the main island – Ponta de Sapata – visible in the distance from the cliff, F

The view from the trail at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint) to the southwest, with the tip of the main island – Ponta de Sapata – visible in the distance from the cliff, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The cliffs at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The cliffs at Mirante dos Golfinhos (Golfinhos Viewpoint), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Coastal rock formations give evidence of the island_s volcanic origins, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Coastal rock formations give evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

This local tree_s bark and leaves are much more poisonous to humans and animals than American poison oak and poison ivy – fortunately many trailside trees were hung with cautionary w

This local tree’s bark and leaves are much more poisonous to humans and animals than American poison oak and poison ivy – fortunately many trailside trees were hung with cautionary warning signs, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A tour boat in the bay off Praia do Sancho (Sancho Beach), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A tour boat in the bay off Praia do Sancho (Sancho Beach), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The “two brothers” (Morro Dos Dois Irmãos) rock formations, just north of Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Sancho, off Praia do Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The “two brothers” (Morro Dos Dois Irmãos) rock formations, just north of Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Sancho, off Praia do Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The “two brothers” and one “sister” (the girlfriend of a touring photographer), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The “two brothers” and one “sister” (the girlfriend of a touring photographer), Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

A weather beaten side window of the island_s old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A weather beaten side window of the island’s old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The interior of the old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The interior of the old church, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The parade ground (with canons) in front of the colonial administration building, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

The parade ground (with canons) in front of the colonial administration building, Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

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