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In 1994, it entered the Guiness book as the tree which covers the largest area, 8,400 square meters; larger than a typical soccer pitch. The branches of this tree grow outwards rather than upwards; thus when a branch touches the ground, new roots are created and the tree spreads. There is a gazebo located in the cashew tree, a popular attraction amongst tourists because it enables them to see the tree from above.
Located 85 km south from Natal, Pipa is a small and charming beach village surrounded by immense natural beauty and is considered one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. Tourists from all over the world come to Pipa to experience the amazing mix of paradisiacal beaches, tropical vegetation, colored cliffs, sand dunes, lagoons as well as the famous cuisine and the intense nightlife.
Located a few kilometers west from Touros, this is a fishing village that became a tourist destination due to calm beaches and constant winds, making it one of the best places do learn kitesurfing or windsurf. Several small pousadas (simple accommodations) or hotels are available there. Nightlife includes some very good restaurants and music.
The Newton Navarro Bridge is one of the highest bridges in Brazil and has a gorgeous sunset seen over rio Potengi River. It makes the connection with the beaches of the north coast of the state. In addition to easing the traffic through the city, the bridge became a tourist attraction because of its large size.
The Barreira do Inferno Launch Center is a military base that was the first base to launch rockets from Brazil. With the construction of another center in Brazil, today it only launches rockets rarely, but it has a large reserve of original vegetation. There are some rockets and old air force air planes on display in front of the museum next to the military base entrance gate.
The Parrachos de Maracajaú is a shallow coral reef formation with many natural pools seven kilometers off the coast at the beach of Maracajaú. Occupying an area of 13 km (8 mi), it offers conditions for excellent snorkeling over the shallow reef during low tide. It is one of the places in Brazil where the sea is the most crystalline and suitable for diving. The beach of Maracajaú is 60 km (37 mi) from Natal. In Maracajaú there is also a water park.
Traveler's cheques are becoming increasingly difficult to cash and visitors will find that they often lose money when doing so. Withdrawing cash directly from ATMs is preferable. Banks will not cash traveler’s cheques into foreign currency, including US Dollars. Some hotels will accept payment in traveller's cheques
(or Cape of Saint Roche), is a cape in northeastern tip of Brazil. It is located in the municipality of Maxaranguape, 51 km north of Natal. Cape São Roque is the 'point' on the bend of the Brazilian mainland coast that is closest to the continent of Africa.
Also known as the Touros Lighthouse, this is an active lighthouse in Touros. It is the nineteenth tallest 'traditional lighthouse' in the world, as well as the tallest in Brazil, and one of the tallest concrete lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is strategically placed on the beach of the Ponta de Calcanhar, near Touros, where the Brazilian coast forms a right angle, known as “Esquina do Brasil” (corner of Brazil) or 'Esquina do Continente' (corner of the continent), near the northern end of the great curve of the cape of São Roque, the northeastern shoulder of South America. It alerts ships to a coral reef located about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) offshore. A spiral staircase of 277 steps leads to an observation platform; a 21-step ladder leads to the light. The site also includes several one-story lighthouse keeper's houses and the light station has a resident keeper.

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