Gato Waterfall, Ilhabela

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After a two hour jeep ride and a forty minute trek through the jungle, you will come upon Gato Waterfall. It is an ideal spot for enjoying the best of Brazil's natural wonders: a beach, a waterfall, and a jungle are grouped together here in a sublime collection of creation. When the waterfall's flow is weak, you can swim under the water and let the pressure massage you, or as the Brazilians say 'let the water wash your soul.' The locals that occupy the area are fishermen that have lived here simply, without electricity or modern amenities, for many years. They take great pride in the falls and are happy to share it with conscientious visitors. Put Gato Waterfall into our Ilhabela day trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The most sensational falls that I've been with waterfall of more than 70 meters and a swimming pool great. The trail is easy, 2 km from the beach, close to the bone of the Castilian (side of the open sea of Ilhabela), A tip is to take mosquito repellent for black flies, because the water is clean, there are many.
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  • It is a huge waterfall in the middle of the jungle. You must walk about 50 minutes more or less in the middle of the jungle, so it is recommended to go with a guide not to be missed. Wear slippers.
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  • Approximately 3 km trail to do in just under 1 hour. In my case, won with some effort. Rewarded by the spectacular view and the cold shower of Waterfall.
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Where to stay in Ilhabela

With much of the island protected against overdevelopment, all but a handful of accommodations are found on the western coast of Ilhabela. There, upscale hotels with plenty of private grounds lie to the north or south of the main town. Look in the town itself for the main budget-friendly options, with characterful pousadas (guesthouses) the most popular option. The island can be pretty busy during peak seasons (especially summer, December to March), so booking ahead is essential. With the mainland so close, you can easily hop on the ferry back to Sao Sebastiao to sleep.
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