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Ilha Grande, Brazil; day hikes and multi-day trekking routes

Map of Ilha Grande hiking trails

Ilha Grande is a wonderful tropical island a few hours away from Rio de Janeiro. It’s well-known for lengthy sandy seashores, heat calm water, lush jungle and outside actions, it’s an actual paradise for nature and mountaineering lovers.

Ilha Grande (Eng. Massive Island) lies near the mainland, about 30min. by boat, 1-1,5 hours by native ferry. The wonderful thing about the island is that there are not any roads, no automobiles. To get someplace you both stroll or take a ship. No roads however there are many trails you will get to anywhere on the island strolling. You’ll be able to principally stroll round it by means of the jungle, pristine seashores and blue lagoons and so forth. Right here and there you possibly can see or hear unique animals or birds. Ilha Grande is simply 193km2 nevertheless it has greater than 100 seashores!!! Climbing you’ll have a great probability to see lots of them!

Ideas for climbing on Ilha Grande

Placed on sunscreen whenever you go for a hike even when it’s overcast you continue to can get sunburn.

All the time take consuming water with whenever you go mountaineering.

Sporting sun shades and cap or hat is strongly beneficial.

Take some money with in case you need to purchase a cool drink, water or snack on the best way.

Pack a snorkel masks with when you snorkel at most seashores you possibly can see some fish, sea begins and small corals.

When you’re planning to camp don’t overlook mosquito repellent like in any tropical place there are numerous mosquitoes round.

Get a map with trekking routes on the tourism info in Abraão.

For those who come to Ilha Grande throughout vacation time e.g. Christmas, Easter, Brazilian public holidays and so on. make certain to make a reservation it will get very crowded and busy.

The one motorized transport on the island are boats, to maneuver between the seashores you possibly can take a ship.

Ilha Grande Map

Greatest areas on the island to remain

If you wish to hike round and go to a number of seashores however don’t really feel like strolling across the island for every week you’ll be able to keep in a single place and discover the encompassing areas. Ilha Grande may be divided into western and japanese elements, each have small villages, guesthouses, a number of campsites, eating places and good seashores. As an choice in case you have sufficient time you possibly can keep on each side of the island, spend a few days in a single place exploring the close by space after which take a ship and transfer to the opposite aspect for an additional couple of days.


The primary city on the island with many lodging choices, a few campsites, many eating places and bars and one or two biggish meals outlets. In all probability the most effective place to remain when you’re on a decent price range. The situation is sweet for exploring the japanese a part of Ilha Grande together with Pico do Papagaio and Lopes Mendes seashore. These trails are accessible as day hikes from Abraão; T-1, T-2, T-Three, T-10, T-11, T-12, T-13, T-14, T-15. The city has direct boats and a ferry to Angra dos Reis (mainland). 

  • Lodges – sure
  • Hostels – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – no
  • Grocery store/store – sure
  • Eating places – sure
  • Bars – sure

Finances lodging in Abraão

| Laio’s Tenting | Ilha Grande Hostel | Flor da Ilha Hostel | Biergarten Hostel | Harmoni Hostel & Pousada |

Center worth 

| Ilha Flat Boganville | Lodge Anexo D’Pillel | Pousada Nalu | Mambembe Hostel |

Luxurious keep   

| Pousada Canoa da Praia | Pousada Só Naturalesa | Pousada do Canto |


A lot smaller than Abraão place with lovely seashore, calm waters and chilled vibe. Its location is ideal if you wish to discover the western a part of Ilha Grande together with spectacular Gruta de Acaiá, Lagoa Verde and lots of different lovely and unspoiled seashores round. The next trails might be executed as a day hike from Araçatiba; T-5, T-6, T-7, T-Eight, T-9. Araçatiba is related by a direct boats with the mainland – Angra dos Reis. 

  • Inns – sure
  • Hostels – no
  • Campsite – sure, ask on the church
  • ATM – no
  • Grocery store/store – sure, small grocery store
  • Eating places – sure
  • Bars – sure

Lodging in Araçatiba

| Suites Alguel | Paraíso Azul Retiro | Pousada Cruzoé | Pousada Tropical | Pousada Popeye |

There are a number of different villages on Ilha Grande the place yow will discover lodging and eating places, discover extra choices on this map.

There are lots of mountaineering trails on Ilha Grande, in truth you possibly can go all approach across the island following them. There are 16 routes which might be marked T1 to T16, all they’re related between themselves and could be accomplished as a separate trek or mixed with one another relying how far and from the place on the island you need to stroll.

Brief-distance hikes on Ilha Grande

We walked most of these trails as part of Ilha Grande Circuit however as I already talked about they are often walked as separate day routes.

Circuito Abraão, T-1

  • Distance; 2km
  • Required time; 40min. – 1 hour
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; Praia Preta (seashore), two viewpoints, ruins of Lazareto, aqueduct, Feiticeira waterfall.

The shortest climbing path on the island, it principally goes across the city, really helpful to stroll to get to know the world round Abraão and the city itself. A simple stroll to stretch your legs after spending hours on bus and ferry.

Abraão – Saco do Céu, T-2

  • Distance; 6km, a method
  • Required time; 2-Three hours
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; Aqueduct, Feiticeira waterfall, many small seashores, Saco do Céu seashore

A pleasant stroll from Abraão first by way of the forest, previous the Aqueduct after which previous many small seashores. We actually loved strolling this stretch as you go away from nearly all of the individuals, hastily the path will get quiet and seashores get empty. We actually favored the seashore at Saco do Céu, nice for enjoyable and swimming, we even did some snorkeling and acquired to see tropical fish. If you wish to get a refreshing swim after the Aqueduct go left following the trail to Feiticeira waterfall, on weekends it will get very busy. At first the path follows the identical route because the Circuito Abraão.

Saco do Céu beach, Ilha GrandeCampbell climbing alongside lovely Saco do Céu seashore

Saco do Céu – Freguesia de Santana, T-Three

  • Distance; 4km, a method
  • Required time; 1,5-2 hours
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; a number of small seashores, jungle, Japariz (busy village with a few eating places).

After strolling via a really quiet space we swiftly discovered ourselves at noisy and crowded Japariz seashore with loud music enjoying, individuals dancing and so forth. In case you’re up for a celebration it’s a very good place to hold in any other case fairly spend extra time on the opposite seashores. It’s attainable to stroll from Abraão to Freguesia, 10km and both keep right here or stroll again to Abraão, 20km return. There are lots of boats from going between Japariz (very near Freguesia) and Abraão two locations, it’s an amazing choice as an alternative of strolling to and again, catch a ship within the morning to Japariz and stroll again to Abraão or different means round.  

Freguesia de Santana – Bananal, T-Four

  • Distance; 3km, a method (4km for those who do brief detours on the best way)
  • Required time; 1-1,5 hours
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), a number of unspoiled seashores, Bananal viewpoint

A pleasant and quiet stroll, the route goes by means of the jungle and the seashores, Laguna Azul is a lovely small bay with crystal clear heat water, it’s a well-liked place to return with a snorkeling tour from Abraão. You possibly can simply mix each snorkeling and climbing, take a ship to Laguna Azul within the morning, spent a while snorkeling round after which stroll again to Abraão, the stroll shouldn’t be robust and never too lengthy 13km by means of lovely jungle and seashores. If someplace on the best way you understand you don’t really feel like strolling anymore you all the time can catch a ship from one of many seashores again to Abraão.

Bananal – Sitio Forte, T-5

  • Distance; 5km, a method
  • Required time; 1,5-2 hours
  • Problem degree; easy-moderate, a number of ups and downs on the best way
  • Highlights; lovely empty seashores, dense jungle with many butterflies, birds and monkeys.

Western a part of the island is considerably quieter, there are small villages with smallish inns and eating places however nothing in comparison with Abraão or Japariz, it’s an amazing space for a soothing romantic vacation or honeymoon. We stopped at each seashore on the best way for swimming. Extremely advocate to attempt a standard Brazilian dessert – acai, a typical Brazilian dessert constructed from the fruit (berries) of the acai palm. The berries are mashed into the pulp and frozen. It’s served it with granola, chocolate (another) syrup, bananas and different fruit. Sitio Forte is perhaps a very good place to remain if you wish to discover this aspect of the island.

Sítio Forte – Praia Grande de Araçatiba, T-6

  • Distance; 6km, a method
  • Required time; 2-Three hours
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; mussel farms, Longa waterfall (brief detour), a number of unspoiled seashores, Lagoa Verde (Inexperienced Lagoon).

From Sitio Forte there are two routes; one goes on to Araçatiba (6km) and one other makes a loop and goes to Araçatiba by means of Lagoa Verde (8km) when you have time we’d advocate to take the second choice. Lagoa Verde is much less common for snorkeling than Lagoa Azul, perhaps as a result of it’s additional away from Abraão, we stopped right here for 2 hours swimming and snorkeling and didn’t see another individual. Araçatiba is one other good choice to remain and discover the island, it’s greater than Sitio Forte or Bananal. You will get right here by boat from Angra dos Reis (mainland).

Lagoa Verde, hiking on Ilha GrandeLovely Lagoa Verde (Inexperienced Lagoon) on the best way to Araçatiba

Praia Grande de Araçatiba – Gruta de Acaiá, T-7

  • Distance; 11km, return. There isn’t a lodging choice at Gruta.
  • Required time; Four-5 hours, relying how a lot time you need to spend within the cave
  • Problem degree; medium
  • Highlights; quiet seashores, Acaiá cave

This can be a return hike to a spectacular cave Acaiá the daylight that comes by way of the creek displays within the water and creates . Entrance to the cave is BAR20, paid money. The route goes partly by means of the jungle, partly previous hidden seashores the place you’ll be able to cease for swimming and snorkeling. In accordance with some sources the path isn’t marked very properly, particularly the half from Praia Vermelha to the cave. We will’t say something about it, we didn’t stroll this path as a result of It was off the round route.

Praia Grande de Araçatiba – Provetá, T-Eight

  • Distance; Four,7km, a method
  • Required time; 2-2,5 hours
  • Problem degree; medium
  • Highlights; lovely forest stroll, many animals; monkeys, squirrels, birds, good seashore for swimming in Provetá

The path begins and finishes on the seashore, the remainder of the time it goes over the hills and thru the jungles which provides hikers an excellent alternative to identify some animals and birds. When you´re planning to proceed strolling from Provetá to Aventureiro seashore we’d advise you to cease for relaxation and refreshing swim earlier than you begin a steep and lengthy ascend. Provetá is a small fishermen village with a pleasant seashore from swimming.

Provetá – Aventureiro, T-9

  • Distance; Three,7km, a method
  • Required time; 2-2,5 hours
  • Problem degree; troublesome, 350m ascend from the seashore with the next descend all the best way down to a different seashore.
  • Highlights; lovely views from on the best way up and down, Aventureiro seashore

Aventureiro imply “adventurer”, a really appropriate identify for this seashore, the one approach of getting right here is on foot from Provetá over the mountains. Only a few boats get allow to go to Aventureiro seashore, principally cargo boats that deliver provides, the seashore faces the open ocean, waves can get fairly huge, robust wind, present and so on. Aventureiro is part of the protected space; lengthy unspoiled seashores, large boulders, lush jungle, many sea birds. There are a few rustic lodging (cabins, tenting) and one or two bar-restaurants – very chilled vibe. Aventureiro as properly is a well-liked browsing spot on Ilha Grande with a few surf faculty and board rental locations. Dawn at Aventureiro seashore is spectacular.

Aventureiro beach, Ilha GrandeSmall church surrounded by the jungle on Aventureiro seashore

Abraão – Pouso, T-10

  • Distance; 6km, a method
  • Required time; 2,5-Three hours
  • Problem degree; medium
  • Highlights; jungle surroundings, many marmoset monkeys, Mangues seashore, Pouso seashore

An attractive stroll with a number of hills to overcome on the best way, lovely seashores, calm heat water, many bars and good possibilities to identify some animals within the jungle. It’s potential to stroll a method and take a ship again to Abraão or as an choice you’ll be able to keep at Mangues or Pouso seashore there are a number of lodging choices right here.

Pouso – Lopes Mendes, T-11

  • Distance; 2km, return. There isn’t any lodging choices on the seashore.
  • Required time; 40min. each methods
  • Problem degree; straightforward
  • Highlights; Santo Antonio seashore, Lopes Mendes seashore, thought-about to be one of the crucial lovely seashores in Brazil

A pleasant and straightforward stroll to one of many must-see seashores on Ilha Grande, Lopes Mendes is Three km lengthy white-sand seashore surrounded by the jungle, palm timber and large boulders, great spot for taking pictures, chilling with a chilly drink (there are lots of distributors round) and even making an attempt to journey the waves (for those who there are any). The seashore will get fairly busy however as a result of it’s very lengthy you simply will have the ability to discover a quiet spot, removed from the crowds. On the best way to Lopes Mendes you’ll be able to go to one other smaller seashore, Santo Antonio. To stroll right here from Abraão will take about Three hours.

Famous Lopes Mendes beach, Ilha GrandeWell-known Lopes Mendes seashore, Ilha Grande

Pouso – Farol dos Castelhanos, T-12

  • Distance; 24km, return
  • Required time; 7-Eight hours
  • Problem degree; troublesome
  • Highlights; a number of lovely seashores on the best way, Castelhanos lighthouse

The surroundings on this path and on the lighthouse is seemingly beautiful, we will’t say something about it as we didn’t stroll this route, it isn’t an element the circuit route and we didn’t have sufficient time to stroll any additional routes within the island. It seems such as you want a information and a particular allow to be allowed within the lighthouse it’s higher to seek out out about it on the tourism info workplace in Abraão. This a part of Ilha Grande might be probably the most remoted and fewer touristy, there view over the world from the lighthouse is spectacular, there are a number of lovely seashores on the best way.

Abraão – Pico do Papagaio, T-13

  • Distance; 18km, return.
  • Required time; 6-7 hours
  • Problem degree; troublesome
  • Highlights; jungle, wildlife, beautiful views from the Papagaio peak.

That is in all probability the hardest climbing route on the island, with the altitude achieve about 900m, as a reward you get beautiful views over the island from the highest so it’s well worth the effort. Ensure that to start out the trek early within the morning earlier than it will get too scorching, take sufficient water and a few snacks with there might be no locations to get meals on the best way. This route might be the one one on the island that doesn’t undergo or to any seashores.

Sunrise Ilha Grande BrazilEarly morning on Ilha Grande, good time to start out climbing

Abraão – Vila de Dois Rios, T-14

  • Distance; 7km, a method.
  • Required time; 2,5-Three hours
  • Problem degree; troublesome
  • Highlights; Curva da Morte viewpoint, the Troopers’ swimming pool, Dois Rios seashore

The route goes by way of the forest, with a number of ascends and descends on the best way, a pure swimming pool someplace within the center and never many locations to cease for meals in between.

We didn’t stroll this path from Dois Rios we continued our circuit alongside the coast to Caxadaço. The village itself appeared a bit shabby, the seashore was good nevertheless it didn’t appear to be an excellent place to remain for the night time so we determined to go on. The stroll is sort of robust as soon as at Dois Rios you possibly can take a ship to Abraão as an alternative of strolling again.

Dois Rios – Caxadaço, T-15

  • Distance; Eight,6km, return
  • Required time; Three-Four hours
  • Problem degree; medium
  • Highlights; jungle, Caminho das Pedras (Stone Street), Praia do Caxadaço (very small)

A pleasant stroll by means of distant areas of the island via the jungle to a small Caxadaço seashore, there’s nothing there, even the seashore is so small that in excessive tide it will get utterly coated. There are some lookouts from the rocks surrounding the seashore however generally there’s not a lot to do round. Be certain that to take water and snack with there’s nowhere to cease on the best way.

Dois Rios – Parnaioca, T-16

  • Distance; 7,8km, a method
  • Required time; 2,5-Three hours
  • Problem degree; medium
  • Highlights; lovely jungle stroll, Parnaioca waterfall, Parnaioca seashore

One other off the crushed path space of Ilha Grande, the path goes by means of the luxurious jungle, previous some spectacular rock formations to untouched Parnaioca seashore. We actually appreciated the seashore and wished we had extra time and will cease there for the night time. There are a few campsites and bungalows on the seashore.

Jungle trail, Ilha GrandeClimbing via the jungle on Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande long-distance hikes 

Ilha Grande circuit – 70km, 5-7 days

We walked round Ilha Grande in 5 days. It wasn’t sufficient, you want no less than every week to have sufficient time to discover the island. You want extra time to completely recognize the surroundings, hidden seashores, lovely sunsets, superb jungle, to take pleasure in swimming, to relax within the hammock and to go to extra locations on the best way. Sadly for us we had solely 5 days and two choices; to do the hike in 5 days and we’re very comfortable we determined to stroll it, the route is well-worth effort and time. 

The hike is sort of fashionable in Brazil however not that well-known amongst overseas vacationers, it’s troublesome to seek out any info in English, hopefully our article is useful and can encourage extra individuals to stroll the circuit. 

Trail markers on Ilha Grande, BrazilStrolling path on Ilha Grande are well-marked

Day 1. Abraão – Bananal, 14km

Abraão – Feiticeira – Japariz – Saco do Céu – Freguesia de Santana – Bananal, 14km with breaks for swimming, consuming and resting it took Eight hours.

We began our first day round 10am, it’s higher to start out earlier to stroll as a lot as attainable earlier than it will get too scorching however packing and doing last-minute buying took a while. From the primary until the final day the surroundings could be very comparable, jungles and seashores, ups and downs, superb views from the highest, small waterfalls, bamboo forests, caves and lagoons.

After 15 minutes stroll from Abraão you’ll discover an aqueduct. This a part of the route is sort of busy, all vacationers stroll to the waterfall, 30min. away from the ruins. The waterfall is small with a pool in entrance and might be a pleasant place if it wasn’t for the gang, we hardly might see it, vacationers have been all over the place, simply could be skipped on weekends.

After the waterfall we discovered ourselves virtually alone on the path, on the seashores there have been nonetheless individuals (majority obtained there by boats) however none strolling by means of the jungle.

From the waterfall we went to Feiticeira seashore for a brief swim, ate acai and continued strolling.

Subsequent seashore on our means was Saco de Céu, lovely seashore, mushy white sand, crystal clear water, few individuals. For those who keep within the water for a short time small fishes will begin peeling your ft, very good feeling after strolling lots.

After another hour stroll we arrived at Japariz seashore our least favourite seashore on Ilha Grande. For some causes many individuals come right here for a day go to, the seashore will get very crowded and noisy. Loud music, many distributors, bars and boats all over the place, can simply be handed by, there will probably be loads of good unspoiled seashores for subsequent Four or 5 days.

The final seashore earlier than our tenting place was Freguesia de Santana good seashore, it was too late for us to cease for swimming and chilling on the market so we simply stored strolling to Bananal.

Between Freguesia and Bananal there’s a place referred to as Lagoa Azul (Blue lagoon) – it’s a extremely popular place for snorkeling, when you have time you’ll be able to take pleasure in its calm water and snorkel within the lagoon. You don’t want a ship to get there (some locals will guarantee you do), simply swim out about 50m from the shore. We selected for snorkeling one other lagoon Lagoa Verde, close to Araçatiba.

Proper after the sundown we obtained to Bananal, our first attempt to discover a tenting wasn’t profitable. We have been informed there was no tenting in Bananal, don’t consider it, not everyone is aware of concerning the tenting. Native fishermen pointed us to a spot referred to as Casa de Cristina (Cristina’s home). In a yard of her home you possibly can pitch a tent, she expenses BRL20/US$6 per individual. For this cash you get entry to the bathroom, chilly water bathe, kitchen with utensils. Faucet water says to be drinkable, we drank it and had no drawback however when you’ve got delicate abdomen LifeStraw is perhaps an awesome choice so that you can keep protected and wholesome on the hike. 

Small Bay, Ilha Grande hikingSmall picturesque bay on the best way to Japariz

Day 2. Bananal – Araçatiba, 14km

Banalan – Matariz – Sitio Forte – Lagoa Verde – Araçatiba, 14km

A day of pristine seashores and calm sea.

First half from Bananal to Sitio Forte, 2 hours, fixed ups and downs with a few good empty seashores on the best way: Jaconema, Matariz, the place you possibly can loosen up, refresh within the sea and eat some acai in one of many native cafes.

As soon as in Sitio Forte you possibly can go straight to Araçatiba or make a loop and go first to snorkel in Lagoa Verde (inexperienced lagoon), it’s about an hour stroll. Lagoa Verde is a really good place, heat clear water, sand backside, many small fishes principally round huge stones, it’s higher to reach late afternoon, after 4pm there shall be none, earlier could be vacationer boats and other people.

From Lagoa Verde to Araçatiba 2 extra hours stroll by means of the jungle, it was the primary time we heard howler monkeys on the island. There’s one tenting in Araçatiba, only a personal home with sand yard used as tenting space, BRL20/US$6 per individual. It has scorching bathe, rest room, no kitchen, electrical energy (solely at night time) and one outdoors outlet. Ask concerning the tenting on the church, it’s proper on the seashore. We actually appreciated Araçatiba and will spent another day there simply chilling out and swimming, it’s a really fairly place with few vacationers, couple of outlets and pizza locations.

Many beaches on the hike around Ilha GrandeStrolling previous numerous empty seashores on the circuit

Day Three. Araçatiba – Aventureiro, Eight,5km

Araçatiba – Proveta – Aventureiro, Eight,5km, about Four,5-5 hours.

Subsequent morning we went from Araçatiba to Proveta, 2 hours stroll, up from one seashore by way of the jungle and right down to the opposite seashore. Right here you will have typical surroundings, wildlife: monkeys, spiders, squirrels, butterflies and even one armadillo. Proveta is a small sleepy fishermen village, with a pleasant seashore for swimming. A great place to relaxation a bit earlier than subsequent up and following right down to Aventureiro, probably the most troublesome up on the hike (lengthy, steep and partly no shadow). Don’t overlook to refill you water it’ll can be extremely popular up there!

Up and down from Proveta to Aventureiro took us about 2-2,5 hours. As soon as on the seashore you’ll be able to chill out a bit and catch your breath earlier than beginning on the lookout for a tenting. Truly there are many them. We stayed at Lucciano’s tenting, BRL20/US$6 per individual (the most cost effective we discovered). It has a kitchen, bogs (with rest room paper and free condoms), electrical energy however no retailers, once more we drank faucet water and had no drawback. Aventureiro is certainly one of our favourite seashores on the island, powder like white sand, mountains coated with jungles round. It may be a bit windy and there are some waves, perhaps not that snug for swimming.

Aventureiro is a surf seashore, you’ll be able to lease a board there, in all probability to seek out an teacher gained’t be an issue. Very chilled out place, fortunately you possibly can’t get there by boat (waves), no day guests and loud music on the seashore. Bear in mind the one a method out of there’s strolling! By the best way don’t overlook to stroll to the seashore after darkish and examine lovely night time sky. Once more we might have simply stayed right here longer, fantastic seashore.

Proveta, Ilha Grande, BrazilProveta village and seashore

Day Four. Aventureiro – Santo Antonio, 25km 

Avetureiro – Parnaioca – Dois Rios – Caxadaço – Santo Antonio, 25km.

Day of lovely surroundings, empty seashores and a little bit of a drama by the top.

Today we began very early, fast broke our tent, packed and left with out breakfast and the rationale was we needed to stroll by means of the Nationwide Reserve territory. Truly you aren’t alleged to do it with no information and allow. The truth is you possibly can organize each in Angra dos Reies however it’s sort of difficult and costly. On the official map there isn’t any path between Aventureiro and Parnaioca however the path exists and it’s very clear. Through the season (January, February) there could be rangers on the seashore however off season there’s none watching, so it’s straightforward to slide previous.

The stroll from Aventureiro to Parnaioca is completely lovely, unspoiled seashores, dense jungle, large timber, caves and recent sea breeze. We stopped at one of many seashores to eat our take-away breakfast and benefit from the surroundings.

After 2 hours we reached Parnaioca, tenting village, with a chapel, cemetery, a few campsites and a small waterfall. When you don’t have meals you should purchase right here cooked meals. Sure time of the day they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at campings. The seashore is as most seashores on Ilha Grande very good, with smooth white sand, massive rocks on the sting of the water and jungle round, good place to relax out a day or two.

And now a little bit of a drama on the finish of the day, we acquired misplaced within the jungle at night time. The way it occurred; we have been planning to camp in Dois Rios village. However once we received there we came upon there was no tenting. The village itself appeared a bit unusual we didn’t prefer it that a lot, it was nonetheless early and we determined to maintain strolling by way of Caxadaço to Lopes Mendes seashore. We arrived at Caxadaço about 5pm, the seashore is tiny and when the excessive tide is totally coated with the water. We nonetheless had an hour or so earlier than the darkish and stored strolling to Lopes Mendes.

Formally there isn’t any path from Caxadaço to Lopes, it’s some type of army space however in reality the trail simply continues and we continued with it. It was about 5km to Lopes Mendes we tried to stroll very quick however anyway didn’t make it earlier than the darkish. Within the jungle underneath the timber it will get darkish even earlier than 6pm. At some stage we misplaced the trail, our solely torch didn’t actually illuminate something, we had to return and fortunately discovered the best way. After 20 extra minutes we discovered a signboard saying 200m to the seashore and adopted it. It wasn’t Lopes Mendes however we didn’t care about it we simply needed to discover a place for tenting. Our night time stroll by way of the jungle was accompanied by scaring sounds, loud growling, it was nothing greater than innocent howler monkeys getting ready for the night time.

We camped at Santo Antonio seashore, underneath an enormous fruit tree with small bats flying round, “searching” for fruit and owls looking for the bats. In case you determine to camp on the seashore ensure you pitch your tent far sufficient from the water in any other case excessive tide can shock you.

Hiking from Aventureiro to ParnaiocaStrolling from Aventureiro to Parnaioca seashore, non-official path

Day 5. Santo Antonio – Abraão, 8km

Santo Antonio – Lopes Mendes – Pouso – Palmas – Abraão, 8km

Subsequent morning we awoke fairly early to interrupt our tent earlier than anyone arrived, our seashore in daylight appeared very good for sunbathing however not for swimming on account of shallow and fixed waves. After breakfast we went to our final night time vacation spot Lopes Mendes seashore, one of the crucial lovely seashores both within the area or in all Brazil there are totally different opinions on it.

The seashore is gorgeous lengthy and extensive, with tender white sand, jungle on the background and large rocks on each side however fairly busy as a consequence of its fame .

We spent there a while after which continued by means of Pouso and Mangues seashores, each are very good, clear water, no waves. Mangues is extra business and developed, with bars-restaurants, resorts, hostels and campsites. The most cost effective room choice (mattress in dorm) is BRL30/US$Eight per individual.

Earlier than going again to Abraão we visited yet one more seashore, Palmas, jiffy stroll from Mangues, yet one more good seashore, smaller than two earlier, sort of secret seashore with few individuals.

Different two multi-day climbing routes principally repeat the circuit, you’ll be able to cease on the similar locations and comply with the identical route besides Abraão – Parnaioca that goes different means round.

Abraão – Aventureiro; 44km, 2-Four days. Keep in mind there isn’t a transport (boats) choices from Aventureiro, so as to get to Abraão first you’ll should stroll again to Provetá from the place you’ll be able to catch a ship again to Abraão.

Abraão – Parnaioca; 23km, 2 days. Not a really difficult stroll, after ending in Parnaioca you’ll be able to keep there for a day or two or take a ship again to Abraão.

Pouso beach, hiking Ilha Grande, BrazilPouso seashore Ilha Grande, Brazil

What animals are you able to see on Ilha Grande?

Because the massive a part of your stroll is thru the jungle you’ve gotten a great probability to see some animals and birds. In 5 days we noticed: many marmoset and howler monkeys, squirrels, one armadillo, many lizards, owls, bats, parrots, vultures, totally different tropical birds, buzzing birds, many spiders with their big webs everywhere in the jungle and butterflies. On the official net web page it says you may also see sloths, we weren’t that fortunate, they usually warn you about poison snakes, we have been fortunate sufficient to not see any.

marmoset monkey, Pouso beach, Ilha GrandeVery cute marmoset monkey, close to Pouso seashore, Ilha Grande

What is going to you want for mountaineering?

For each day hikes and multi-day treks you’ll want;

  • snug footwear for strolling (we did all of the circuit in flip-flops as a result of our footwear have been destroyed after mountaineering in Torres del Paine and another locations in Patagonia. Strolling in flip-flops was uncomfortable however doable.
  • flip-flops
  • garments for strolling and sleeping
  • swimwear/board shorts
  • cap/hat
  • headwear/buff
  • sun shades
  • towel
  • sunscreen with excessive safety 
  • mosquito repellent
  • masks and snorkel (non-compulsory)
  • water bottle
  • map, we had a paper map of the path to know the locations names and see all of the circuit however typically used app it has all the paths marked together with ones that formally don’t exist (very useful for the circuit).

In case you’re planning on doing a circuit or a multi-day hike you could have two choices; staying in resorts and guesthouses on the best way or tenting. Tenting is less expensive however you’ll have to hold your personal tenting gear.

Mountaineering round Ilha Grande is certainly one of our favourite routes in South America and we undoubtedly advocate it. So when you like seashores however don’t like spending days sunbathing, on the island you might have an excellent probability to mix seashore vacation with mountaineering. We actually loved the hike and hope you’ll take pleasure in it as nicely!

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