Trindade: A Village In The Jungle

Caroline Rangel

Caroline Rangel

Carol Rangel is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Brazil/ Netherlands).
You can read more about Carol here.
Caroline Rangel

Trindade is a blend of a fishermen village, a hippie refuge and an ecological paradise.  There are several gorgeous beaches, some remain unspoiled to this day.

Trindade Graffiti

Trindade Graffiti

In the past, Trindade was a place for adventurers.  They had to face an unpaved road known as Deus Me Livre (‘God Forbid’) to reach the village.  The adventurers then had to camp on the beach, and I must remind you: there was no electricity.

Nowadays it’s much easier!  God Forbid is now a paved road.  The village is still small, but you can find whatever you need on the main street: restaurants, inns, hostels, campsites, a bakery, a small grocery store, craft shops, parking lots and cybercafés.  Not bad for a small village, right?!

There is one thing I must share with you though…  The mosquitoes are voracious, foreign blood is a treat for them!  Just kidding.  Don´t forget the insect repellent and you’ll be fine.

How To Get There?

It’s super easy and cheap to get to Trindade.  Simply take one of the every-hour buses from Paraty bus station, which is the nearest town and the main gateway to the village.  The ticket costs about BRL 3.00 (one way) and you must purchase it on board.

When visiting Trindade, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historical centre of Paraty, for more information about Paraty click here.

The trip takes 50 minutes (most of them shaking in a vehicle – quite an adventure), the road is narrow and full of sharp turns.

Don’t be surprised if the bus driver asks you to get off the bus, so he can drive uphill.  He’ll be waiting for you at the top.  You got it!  You’ll have to walk uphill.  I’ve taken this bus 6 times and I survived with a lot of fun stories to tell…

If you decide to drive, be cautious and good luck!  Focus your thoughts on the village and the beautiful beaches at the end of the road.

Once the bus arrives at the village, the first thing you will see is the Cepilho Beach.  The bus will continue through the main street until Ranchos beach, the last stop.

The Beaches

The most famous beaches are the ones next to the village, such as Cepilho, Fora, Cachadaço, Meio and Ranchos.  You can visit all of them in one single day hiking through trails in the middle of Mata Atlântica rainforest.  The farther you walk, the less people you’ll find.

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Each beach has its own characteristics.  The highlight is the natural saltwater pool of Cachadaço, which is the farthest attraction, but the most beautiful.

Be aware, there aren’t lifeguards in Trindade.

Cepilho

The shape of the beach resembles a tool the locals used to make canoes called, guess what?!  Cepilho!  It’s the first beach you’ll see when you arrive to the village.  This beach is actually very narrow and the sea is quite choppy, frequented mostly by surfers.

Fora

Fora BeachThis is the beach between Cepilho and Ranchos, actually it’s only one long beach with 3 different names, because each sector has different characteristics.

Fora beach has several giant rocks along the strip of sand and the sea is quite choppy as well.

It’s a good place for snorkelling.  Though I prefer to sit on the rocks and enjoy the scenery.

Ranchos

Ranchos BeachRanchos beach is quite crowded, the sea is more suitable for swimming, it has a family flair.  Here you’ll find kiosks and bars offering rental chairs, snacks and drinks.  The bars usually charge a consummation fee if you want to use their chairs and it’s not cheap.  I always bring a large towel or a sarong to lie on the sand.

In the evenings you might find live music shows, it normally lasts until sunrise.  This is one of my favourite places in Trindade!

Meio

It’s a smaller beach, full of charm with calm crystal clear waters.  The postcard of Trindade.  Meio is the second most popular beach, with bars everywhere.

On the right end of the beach there is a trail that leads to Cachadaço Beach.  At low tide, you can walk from Meio to Cachadaço beach.  Following the creek over you’ll find a short trail (but slippery) to a small waterfall called Pedra Que Engole (meaning Swallowing Stone).

The Swallowing Stone is a large rock in the middle of a river that has an underwater passage to go from one side to another.

Cachadaço

Cachadaço ViewThe trail leading to Cachadaço beach is 400 meters long, unpaved (but well marked, don’t worry) through the rainforest.  I usually take 10 minutes to get to the end wearing slippers.

There are some observation sites on the way to enjoy great views of Meio and Cachadaço beaches.

The Cachadaço beach is the most quiet and beautiful, with strong waves and deep blue waters.  You can see fishes just by walking close to the water.  A small guy like this might welcome you:

Welcome to Cachadaço

Welcome to Cachadaço

If you love camping, there are two campsites there.  I’d love to spend a night in a tent at the beach, hearing the sound of waves in the distance, but I love electricity even more.

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At the end of the beach you will find another trail that leads to a natural pool.  It’s quite easy to hike the trails; the only concern is the rain, because the path gets quite muddy and slippery.

Natural Pool of Cachadaço

The top attraction of Trindade – this crystal clear, calm water makes it perfect for snorkelling and floating!  The trail is more intense and difficult compared to the previous one – it’s about half an hour hike.  Therefore, no cutting paths, just follow the signs.

The natural pool has clear waters and various beautiful fish, a true natural aquarium.  The surrounding rocks protect the pool from the waves.  You have to get there early, otherwise it’ll get crowded, and people tend to scare the fish away.

You can leave your things on the rocks around the pool while swimming but always keep an eye on them.  I’m a bit clumsy, I tried to reach the top of one of the rocks, but I slipped and scratch my knee.

Another alternative to get to the natural pool is to catch a boat from Meio Beach for BRL 10.

Other Attractions:

Brava Beach

A wild and deserted beach accessed from a 30 minutes trail from the road to Trindade.  In the middle of the trail it’s possible to make a detour, which gives access to a small waterfall.  Brava means ‘angry’ – you got the idea on swimming conditions…

Sono Beach

Sono beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, with pure white sand and clear waters.  The complicated access makes this place one of the most preserved sites.

The easiest way to get to Sono is by boat.  It’s possible to take a boat from Meio beach, and the trip takes around 20 minutes.

From Sono you can also access some others gorgeous and well preserved beaches such as Antigos and Antiguinhos.  But I must warn you – the access trail is quite difficult, and pretty steep.  The path conditions are very bad.

Cabeça Do Índio

It’s a rock shaped as a native’s head.  Just follow the natural pool trail for another 40 minutes.  From this rock you’ll find the greatest views of all the beaches and the village of Trindade.

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