Beach sights in Ilha Grande
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Outdoor adventure options on Ilha Grande just don't quit. The tourist office gives out a free map showing 16 different signposted trails leading through the lush forest to several of the island's 102 beaches. When visiting some beaches, it's possible to hike one way and take a boat the other. The most popular hike is the three-hour, 6.1km (each way) trek from Abraão to Praia Lopes Mendes. This seemingly endless beach with good surfing waves (shortboard/longboard rental onsite R$25/40 per day) is considered by some the most beautiful in Brazil.
Before hitting the trail, let people at your pousada know where you're going and when you'll be back, stock up on water and bug…
Praia de Parnaioca also ranks up there among the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, accessible via an 8km (each way) trail that passes through Dois Rios, a picturesque beach where two separate rivers flow into the open Atlantic.
Before hitting the trail, let people at your pousada know where you're going and when you'll be back, stock up on water and bug repellent and bring a flashlight, as darkness comes swiftly under the jungle canopy. Guides are advisable for exploring beyond the most heavily traveled routes - poorly marked trails and poisonous snakes can make things challenging.