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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. For Gato Waterfall and beyond, use our Ilhabela trip builder to get the most from your Ilhabela vacation.
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  • The landscape of Atlantic forest preserved until you reach the beach of Castilians is already a gift. Are 22 Km of dirt road in the middle of the natural woods. The road generally is well preserved, but with some parts more difficult. For this reason, at the portal of entry of the park only allows 4 x 4 vehicles. If you have your, great. If not, the city on the edge of pereque beach there are several companies that offer this tour. You can choose to go by Jeep and back of boat, or vice versa. Arriving in the Castilians, walk about 10 minutes to get to the beginning of the trail that will lead to the Waterfall. The easy trail through the Woods, walks from 30 to 40 minutes to get to the Waterfall. Trail well marked, with bridges over streams, doesn't make it mandatory that if you go with a guide. After this walk in the Woods at the spectacular Waterfall of the Cat. A good volume of water falls of 70 meters high, in an unforgettable spectacle. The water, of course, really cold for the days of burning sun of summer, invigorates you immediately (I went in July and entered anyway). At the base of the Waterfall forms a small natural pool delicious. A few metres below the swimming pool there is a gap, where you can sit on the stone and make a kind of massage (like Scottish shower) only with the natural force of the water. Not to be missed. Go and don't forget to take mosquito repellent, water, towel and some fruits, especially if you're with children, are in place (the waterfall) there is no infrastructure. Don't forget to take tennis, because the hike on the trail is full of roots and stones.
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  • This waterfall is close to Castelhanos beach, just a 1/2 mi walk in the middle of a tropical forest. Very clean water. A place to know!  more »
  • Great ride. The waterfall forms a kind of "natural slide", making it an unforgettable day.
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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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