Ilha Grande is a paradise for all of you out there trekking fans. The good news is that the island combines awesome landscapes with paths that are unusually well signposted. There are signposts on all paths showing the route and the location of interesting places. We just thought it would be nice to hand out a little map with all the paths on it – we were told at the Visitor Centre such map does not exist. Never mind, this is Brazil. The fact that the paths are signposted should be cause for celebration.
Each path is identified by the letter T (path is trilha in Portuguese) and a number. At the Vila do Abraão you will find the following map with details of all the trilhas:
Next to the map, specific details for each trilha, including its length and approximate duration.:
The following are all the official trilhas in Ilha Grande (you are strongly discouraged to explore new paths), with its ID and number. Many paths start where the previous path ended, allowing you to walk around most of the island.
T1 Circuito do Abraão
T2 Aqueduto Saco do Céu
T3 Saco do Céu – Freguesia de Santana
T4 Freguesia de Santana – Bananal
T5 Bananal – Sítio Forte
T6 Sítio Forte – Praia Grande de Araçatiba
T7 Praia Grande de Araçatiba – Gruta do Acaiá
T8 Praia Grande de Araçatiba – Provetá
T9 Provetá – Aventureiro
T10 Abraão – Mangues/Pouso
T11 Mangues/Pouso – Lopes Mendes
T12 Mangues/Pouso – Farol dos Castelhanos
T13 Abraão – Pico do Papagaio
T14 Abraão – Dois Rios
T15 Dois Rios – Caxadaço
T16 Dois Rios – Parnaióca
For each particular path there is a panel at the beginning with detailed information. This is the panel for T1, a pleasant walk leaving from the Vila.
If you read Portuguese, at Trilhas na Ilha Grande you have very detailed information on all the paths.
From the Vila do Abraão the most popular paths are T1 (suitable for everyone), T13 (a very steep climb for fit people) and T14 (long but not too difficult). If you go to Lopes Mendes beach the boat will leave you in the Pouso beach and you will have to cover T11 (short but steep).
Good footwear is a must. Any rainfall turns the paths into a skiing slope.
You can leave any questions you might have about the island at the entry destination: Ilha Grande.
Category: Destination: Rio