You will get blown away by Lopes Mendes, undoubtedly the most beautiful of all Ilha Grande beaches.
Over the last few years it's been repeatedly voted among the top ten beaches in Brazil (by The Guardian, UK), in South America and the world, by Vogue magazine for instance.
It's a well known fact that the State of Rio the Janeiro is not short of options when it comes to worldwide famous beaches - enough to remember Copacabana, Ipanema or even Arpoador for that matter - but this is beauty of a different sort.
It's not sexy, it's not crowded and it's not an urban beach, not the kind of place you go to see or be seen.
It's simply a stunning piece of nature, a two miles of uninhabited stretch of sand between the tropical rainforest and the Atlantic ocean.
So fine and soft it is that you'd think you are walking on flour.
There are two ways to reach Lopes Mendes from Vila do Abraao, by trekking or by boat - this option also involves some trekking though.
The easiest is to do the boat ride Abraćo to Pouso/Mangues beach - it costs around 20 Reais round trip and it will pick you up again at 3 or 4pm. From Pouso take Trilha 11 and it's only a 20 minutes trek or so.
By the way, once you are at it, keep an eye on the sign to the right pointing to Santo Antonio, another wild, lovely beach worth to be discovered while you are in the area.
The other option involves 5 to 6 hours trekking on Trilha 10. You could save some legs on the way back and get a return boat from Pouso for just a few Reais.
Whichever trilha you choose to explore in Ilha Grande, always carry enough water, insect repellent and be sure to return in broad daylight (by 4pm) to Abraćo. Light falls early in the thick canopy of the rainforest.
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In case you are travelling around Brazil at the moment, or spending a few days in Rio with some time to spare, find out about how to get to Ilha Grande and where to stay.
Remember that you can take the ferry to Abraćo either from Angra dos Reis or Mangarativa (daily at 8am).
Whichever way you choose, let us know how was your experience, would you?