Trek Brazil's Rainforests and Beaches (4 Days)

Trek through Atlantic rainforest, hop between golden sandy beaches and enjoy a boat ride around the island. 4 days.

3 Nights

Explore Ilhabela, known as the beautiful island and see how it lives up to its name. Hike through an unspoilt rainforest, relax on golden sandy beaches and visit local Caiçara communities dotted around the island.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • Local transportation
  • Boat trip

Perfect for: Travellers who want to get away from the big cities in search of an island adventure.

Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Travel to and from Ilha Bela
  • Dinner on night one in Ilha Bela town
  • Drinks (water is provided)

A good level of fitness is required for this trek as it covers around 32 kilometres over two days, much of it through jungle trails, although there’ll be plenty of breaks to rest and recover. You’ll be climbing up to an elevation of 500 metres, with some steep stretches.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of four people and a maximum of twelve, so you’ll be kayaking with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

You’ll need to pack: - Swimsuit - Towel - Comfortable hiking boots and thick socks - Insect repellent - Sunscreen - Hat - Head torch with extra batteries - Anti-histamine tablets and after-bite cream in case of insect bites - Full lenth trousers and tops that are suitable for hiking in the jungle

You can hike all year round, however, the best time is in the Brazilian autumn and winter (March to August) when it’s cooler, drier and sunnier. During these months temperatures are around 25°C during the day, dropping to around 15°C at night, and humidity is low.

December, January and February are the tropical summer months which are very hot (up to 35°C), very humid and rainfall is higher.

The coast does get very busy around public holidays such as Easter, when Brazilians vacate the cities for a break by the ocean, so if you prefer your trip to be quieter, it’s best to avoid these periods.

Ilha Bela is accessed by a short ferry from the mainland town of São Sebastião, which is approximately three hours and thirty minutes drive from Sao Paulo and six hours from Rio de Janeiro. There are regular, comfortable and safe buses running throughout this part of Brazil, so wherever you are travelling from you’ll be able to get to Ilha Bela easily.

Travelling from the UK, British Airways operates direct flights to São Paulo (the closest international airport) and Rio de Janeiro, or LATAM also flies direct to São Paulo. There is a wide choice of airlines offering indirect flights via Europe.

You’ll try a variety of the very best local, home-cooked Brazilian dishes on this trip. Seafood features heavily, in particular, the fresh fish, shrimp and squid from the coastal communities with rice, beans and manioc flour that are the staple ingredients of Brazilian eating.

We are able to cater to dietary requirements - please let us know at the time of booking.


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The largest island on Brazil’s coast, Ilhabela is home to volcanic peaks, dense jungle, ancient shipwrecks, 38 recorded waterfalls and more than 40kms of pristine beaches. Much of the archipelago falls into the Ilhabela State park, a UNESCO protected biosphere.

Start point?

You can check into your guesthouse in Ilhabela town anytime on day one - the rest of the day you are free to explore or relax. Your guide will collect you from your guesthouse in Ilhabela Town on Day 2 at 8:00 am.

Finish point?

At the end of the trek, you will be returned to Ilha Bela Town at approximately 17:30.

Getting there and away?

Ilha Bela is accessed by a short ferry ride (15-20 minutes) from the mainland town of São Sebastião, which is approximately three hours and thirty minutes drive from São Paulo and six hours from Rio de Janeiro. There are regular, comfortable and safe buses running from both cities to São Sebastião and the ferry also runs frequently every day.

From the UK, British Airways operate direct flights to both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with LATAM also flying direct to São Paulo. There are also a wide choice of airlines that fly indirect via Europe.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Ilhabela

Make your own way to the island of Ilhabela and check into your pousada, or local guesthouse, for the night.

Eat dinner in one of the many local restaurants, and wander the streets whilst taking in the relaxed island atmosphere.

Day 2: Hike the Bonete Trail

After breakfast, drive south across the island to where the road ends and the trail begins.

Hike the Bonete Trail surrounded by pristine rainforest – keeping an eye out for tropical birds and monkeys, taking plenty of breaks to rest and swim in natural pools created by the gushing waterfalls on the Laje and Areado rivers.

Hike to Buraco do Cação, or the Shark Hole, a deep slit in the coastal cliffs that leads to a canyon-like cavity filled with trees and vegetation and hear the waves crashing beneath you.

Arrive at the fishing village Bonete, today’s destination, a local Caiçara community and find out how they live off the land and sea, then enjoy a lunch of freshly caught fish cooked by the villagers.

Spend the afternoon swimming or sunbathing on the golden sands of the local beach, then later join the villagers for a traditional Caiçara light meal, before settling down in your accommodation for the night, a simple but clean guesthouse.

Total walking time – 6 hours / 13km

Day 3: Trek to Castelhanos Beach

After breakfast, set off on today’s hike along a more challenging route that takes you up some steep stretches through the forest, with plenty of breaks to rest.

We stop to visit Enchovas Beach, covered in rounded stones that rolled down the river and accumulated all along the beach.

Continue on to Indaiauba Beach, a remote spot where you’ll usually be the only people there, for a swim and a snack, before continuing on through the wildest and most remote part of the trail.

After passing across Vermelha, Mansa and Canto da Lagoa beaches, arrive at Castelhanos Beach and the end of today’s trail where a renowned local cook will prepare you lunch.

Relax on the beach for the afternoon with a cold drink, then eat dinner and drift off to sleep.

Total distance walked – 15km

Day 4: Boat Trip in Castelhanos Bay

Wake to the sound of the waves and eat breakfast in the village.

Climb into a motorized canoe, the same kind the Caiçara use to fish and head out into Castelhanos Bay to see the ‘beautiful island’ from the ocean.

Pay a visit to Figueira, another remote fishing village, then return to Castelhanos beach for lunch and an afternoon relaxing with a refreshing Caipirinha.

Drive back to Ilhabela town by 4x4 along a dirt trail, where your island getaway ends.


You’ll stay in a variety of local pousadas, or guesthouses, during this trip. The first night is spent in Ilhabela town, on the channel side of the island, while on night two you’ll stay in a locally run guesthouse in the small fishing community of Bonete. All will be simple but clean and characterful.

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