|Bem Vindo Ao Maior Cajueiro Do Mundo|
Visiting Roadside America type attractions -- in this case "Roadside Americas" -- clearly falls into the category of "these are a few of my favorite things." When we decided to park ourselves in Natal for this World Cup trip, to see whatever group stage happened to pass through town, I quickly figured out that the other thing I needed to do in Natal, without question or hesitation, was to visit the World's Largest Cashew Tree, o Maior Cajueiro do Mundo!
The tree is about a 20 minute drive south of Ponta Negra, in the beach town of Pirangi do Norte. The road is amazingly well marked, with frequent signage directing you to "Maior Cajueiro," which translates to "Biggest Cashew Tree," usually with the extra added "do Mundo," "of the World"! Even if the thing weren't so frickin' huge, you wouldn't be able to miss it. In fact, o Maior Cajueiro do Mundo may be about the only thing that's well marked on all the roads of Estado do Rio Grande do Norte. Can't say I'd question those priorities.
I drove the 20 minutes in a state best described as "giddy anticipation." Then we saw this just up the road:
|The most beautiful arch in the world this side of St. Louis. And you can drive under this one. Take that, St. Louie.|
|Entrance to O Maior Cajueiro Do Mundo|
(Actually, it's the exit. The exit was more photogenic.)
|Looking good! Have you been working out?|
|Bird statues at the entrance to the tree because why not?|
|View of the one single tree from the viewpoint|
|Yes. This is a picture of one single tree.|
|Still all one tree|
|Don't want to leave home without it.|
|Even the trashcans are caju!|
|Don't eat the giant decorative plastic cashew fruit|
|I would NEVER pose as a giant caju. Oh wait.|