Destination race special: Ironman Fortaleza in Brazil, November 8th 2015 – Part 2
On part 1 of our post, you learn about the race course of Ironman Fortaleza, in the north east of Brazil, on part 2, you will learn more about the traveling and things to do there.
Getting to Fortaleza
Via São Paulo (Guarulhos – GRU) – Brazil’s airport hub. From Asia, you can fly to the middle east, Europe or South Africa, then get a connecting flight to Sao Paulo. Singapore Airlines also offers a direct flight with a quick stop in Spain.
Via Rio de Janeiro – A second option is flying to Rio de Janeiro, while the airport doesn’t offer as many choices to and out of Brazil, it may fit with your tourism plans if you plan to visit Brazil’s most famous city.
Once in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, there are multiple daily flights to Fortaleza. The local airlines are: TAM (Oneworld), GOL, Avianca e Azul.
Direct flights to Fortaleza – there are 4 international flights:
TAM flies to/from Miami
TAP flies to/from Lisbon
Condor flies to/from Frankfurt
Avianca flies to/from Bogota
Once you land in Fortaleza, the hotels area is only a quick ride away (approx 20USD).
The best option is the hosting hotel Marina Plaza. That’s where all the action is: race start, transition areas, finish area, expo, registration and awards.
The second best option is staying somewhere around Iracema beach, there are plenty of hotels options of all budgets, and plenty of restaurants and shopping malls. Avoid staying at the Futuro Beach, while a common tourist destination is far from the race site.
What to do in Fortaleza
Beach Park – one of Brazil’s largest aquatic park at Fortaleza’s main beach. A great option for a family holidays.
Morro Branco beach – One of the region’s most famous beach.
Kitesurfing – Jericoacara itself is worth a visit, but November is the beginning of the kitesurfing season and one of the world’s best location for this sport. Kitesurfing schools also available.
Gallery from 2014 race:
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