Sampling the Fortune of Fortaleza

By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

FORTALEZA - Glistening skyscrapers reflect the baby blue waters across a thin border of white beach. At night, the city illuminates the ocean and gradually comes alive to the sound of dance music and forró. Fortaleza is Brazil’s modern metropolis of the north, attracting both international and Brazilian tourists by the thousands every year.

As Brazil’s fifth largest city with a metropolitan population of over three million, Fortaleza is also the capital of the state of Ceará, around 2000km due north of Rio on the northeast coast.

Despite the city’s modern appearance . . .

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