Jijoca (also spelled Gijoca) is a village in northwestern Ceara. Its full name being Jicoca de Jericoacoara, this is mostly a brief stop where travellers heading to Jericoacoara change from conventional transport to 4x4 or similar to cross the dunes. Jijoca however is a destination of its own, increasingly popular with kitesurfers on its lakes.
Most people arrive by charters from Fortaleza, but there is also regular buses by Rendenção. Other links include Sobral and Camocim. Pick up trucks leave for Jericoacoara, mostly during daylight hours, as soon as they have 4 passengers or more, -a bumpy 40 min ride at R$ 12,50. Scheduled trucks three times daily take a somewhat longer route via Preá, the latest leaving at midnight.
A 4x4 truck can pick you up from any place in Fortaleza and drop you off at your hotel or pousada in either Jijoca or continue to Jericoacoara. This is definitely the fastest and most convenient option to get to Jijoca. They bring you and your luggage straight to your pousada, without any delays – it is basically a taxi for about 300 km, with air conditioning. The trip takes about 4,5 hours and costs around R$500 (depending season) for a car (up to 4 persons). You can make reservations for a pick up at the airport or hotel through the Global Connection Agency in Jericoacoara. (see Package deal Micro Onibus part for more details). All companies they work with are registrated and include insurances.
These little vans or buses leave from the airport and pass at the hotels at Praia de Futuro, Beira Mar and Praia de Iracema to pick up clients. You can buy a complete package, including transport, pousada, local hiking tour and visiting the lagoon at the Jericoacoara National Park for a budget price. They offer a wide range of pousadas, hotels and even appartments for very good prices. Prices start (depending on the season) at around R$290 round trip, with 2 nights pousada/apartment (per person, based on 2 persons). But you can also decide to choose a pousada/hotel yourself and just get the rest of this package tour for about R$140 round trip. Now that is the same price as a bus ticket, except there is a lot more included and it is way more convenient, as you will be picked up from the airport or hotel and dropped of at your pousada in Jijoca or Jericoacoara. To get from Fortaleza to Jijoca will take about 4 hours, which is still at least 1,5 hours faster than the regular bus, there is always a guide around and some offer local assistance for any help or information. If you continue to Jeri, it is still around 40 minutes by car.
A 2500 metres runway is scheduled for completion mid 2010. The tourist industry is hoping for direct flights to Europe. Update: Now partly finished, airport is expected to open in 2016.
The nearby lake is popular with windsurfers, and also good for swimming.
A number of small inns.