Acesso Access by trail
The hike starts two kilometers after the asphalt ends where you can park your vehicle at Mr. José Paraiba’s parking lot without any problem.
It takes almost 4 hours of hiking amidst the tropical Atlantic rainforest at the extreme southern end of Ilhabela.
Whimsically inserted at almost hourly intervals along the hiking trail, the three waterfalls guarantee pleasant restful moments during the hike. Indigenous animals may be observed on the way, like bird various species – toucans and, parrots – and lizards, even monkeys. A pause for a refreshing dip in the natural pools renews your energy and vitality to continue the hike.
Approximately 40 to 50 minutes after commencing the hike you reach a point where the trail crosses the first stream and Laje waterfall with a natural rock slide and many small pools.
After hiking a little over another 90 minutes you reach Areado stream and waterfall. At this point you are approximately 1 hour from the next small Saquinho waterfall which is close to the end of the trail.
After several minutes of wondering “Is this trail ever going to end?” we find one of the hike’s greatest rewards: a view of the beach from above! Enveloped in a crystalline sea of green, the beach appears as a long, broad swath of white sand, and we then conclude that the effort has been worthwhile! Hikers then arrive at Saquinho waterfall and finally reach the beach.