Ceará is a state in Northeast Brazil. Traditionally one of the poorest in the country, certain regions have developed almost beyond recognition over the last 20 years, mostly from tourism and light manufacturing.
Jijoca 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.
Russas is the center of an agricultural region in the eastern parts of Ceará. Not much of a touristy spot, it is conveniently located on the main highway BR-116, some 170 km from Fortaleza, and could be a stopover for a taste of the real Brazil.