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“A hard day's hike”
Review of Dois Rios Village

Dois Rios Village
Ranked #8 of 81 things to do in Ilha Grande
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“A hard day's hike”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

The village of Dois Rios is a tough 8 km hike across Ilha Grande. Near the halfway point summit on the road there is a trail (Trilha 14) that leads sharply downhill through bamboo groves and steep jungle forest. This trail reemerges on the road and cuts off the two long switchbacks. In Dois Rios the beach is a long curve of pure sand, clear calm ocean, and very few people. You may be able to buy mineral water, beer and a sandwich to enjoy your beach day. After lunch you should explore the small museum facing the dynamited ruins of the presidio, where political and criminal prisoners were incarcerated at various times between 1930 and 1994. After the last prisoners were transferred to Rio, the place was blown up and left as rubble. The townsite has that eerie quality in concert with abandonment despite the recent addition of a university research facility. There is a restaurant there serving comida caseiro. And you should sign in and out with the guard at the gate who will tell you with a knowing grin that there is no bus or taxi service here, so hit the road with enough water for the long hike back to Abraão. Watch for monkeys. There was a troop of browsing primates - black Howlers that are much bigger than capuchins - near the lower intersection of Trilha14 and the road. Get back to Abraão before sunset.

Visited March 2014
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Hillerod, Denmark
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“Good days walk”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

It is a fantastic hike from Abraão, the beach is super.
Because it is a bit remote you will be reworded with an all most empty beach.
On arriving and departure do not forget to visit the soldiers pond it is cold and refreshing.

Visited January 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“for me it's the best place in Ilha Grande”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

For me it's the best place in Ilha Grande, it's not the most beautiful, i think Caxadaço, Lopes Mendes, Aventureiros more beautiful, but 2 rivers beach is perfect, very calm, never crowded (tourist boats don't go there), many tree shadows in the beach, have sites to visit, good for a pic-nic.

This beach (and the village) is in the middle of two rivers, in the corners of the beach. In the left river has a big stone that you can climb and dive in the river waters (only in high tides). There is an small square with showers to "take a bath" after beach. Some villagers sells lunches, with some choices of dishes: chicken, beef or fish, fish is THE choice, because it's fresh, and with some fresh fruit juice (green coconut, "pitanga" a kind of cranberries) it's delicious. There is a little bar which sells snacks too and stay open all day long.

In the right side has a research campus State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), which you can't enter only with rector's authorization. Behind has the prison ruins, where, in the recent past, many famous brazilians Political "Criminals" stay captives, and in the summer this prision lives up to its nickname "Hell's Cauldron", imagine stay captive in such beautiful place, locked in a very hot cell, with a paradisaic beach so near! it was a torture.

It's NOT possible stay in 2 rivers village, in the end of the day all visitors must go out , only villagers and researchers are allowed to stay there, too bad.

Visited January 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Worth the trek if you like gorgeous views”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Started off with an semi intense climb (I recommend the longer but easier option if you start off in the town.) The trail is straight forward with no chance of getting lost. The village was eerily beautiful, pastel colored houses overgrown with dense rain forest growth. The beach was equally as breath taking. Aside from the group I was traveling with there were only 2 other people on the beach.

Visited August 2013
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Scherpenheuvel, Belgium
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“Jumanji?”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

After walking 4 km all the way uphill and then another 4 km all the way downhill on a rather nice road you arrive to a small town where about 20 years ago there was a prison. The town is completely abandoned and its like nature took over the buildings, but they are still shaped well.
Arriving in the village you will have to register, and deregister whenever you leave.
We did not spent much time in the village, as there were also no people around except for the security at the check in.
When we arrived on the beach there were few people. A long strech of beach and we felt like we were alone there.
We did got worried a bit as we thought to take a boat back to the village, but there wasn't any boat back, so we could relax just for one hour before heading back as it was a long and hard walk plus you don't want to get stuck on the way in the dark, there is no traffic and no streetlights of any kind. Like I said a hard walk, but well worth it!

Some tips for you:
Bring a flashlight (Just in case)
Leave early so you can enjoy fully at the beach without being back in time
Take water and something to eat as you wont find anything on the way there. Once on the beach there was one guy selling some softdrinks and water.
Maybe some toiletpaper as well... Just in case... there is really nothing on the way....

Visited March 2013
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