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“Stunning Waterfall!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gato Waterfall

Gato Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 90 things to do in Ilhabela
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Ilhabela, SP
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43 reviews
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“Stunning Waterfall!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

This waterfall is located on the opposite side of the island, close to Castelhanos Beach. It is a bit of an adventure to get there and you need to go either by jeep, bike or by foot. By jeep, it takes a little under two hours (depending on weather) but it sooo worth it! The beach itself is just gorgeous and kept by the locals who have been living there for ages without electricity, using fishing and tourism as their trade. To get to the waterfall, it is recommended to have a guide because it is a roughly 40 minute walk through the jungle, although the trail is marked. Once you arrive, you are greeted with a cascade of water dropping 80m. It is the biggest waterfall on the Island and the weight and force of the water has opened up a small pool amongst the rocks at the bottom. This is perfect for you to just sit back in and enjoy. When the waterfall is not too full, you can slide beneath the fall and get an amazing massage. Here in Brasil, they say it's good for you to wash your soul in a waterfall, and this would be a perfect one to do just that.

Visited February 2013
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“Worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

The trekking is about 30 to 40min of easy walking in the forest starting from Gato´s Beach (at the end of Castelhanos Beach). Totally worth it!

Visited January 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Best waterfall we've been to in four continents. Melhor cachoeira que já vimos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had a lovely afternoon swimming in Gato waterfall. It is a bit of a hike, about 30 minutes, from Castelhanos beach (easy if you're active, medium difficulty if you're sedentary). Absolutely worth it, though, as its very pretty and has a pool at the bottom where you can swim.

Tivemos uma ótima tarde na cachoeira do gato. É uma caminhada de 25-30 minutos da praia de castelhanos, fácil se você esta em forma, mas difícil se é sedentário. Mas compensa, porque é muito bela a cachoeira e pode-se nadar nela.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great times!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

It is around 30 minutes away from the beach, but it is worth it!
Don't forget to bring tennis shoes for the hiking.

Visited November 2012
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Ilhabela, SP
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“Castelhanos Beach,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

you can go whis jeep, and return whis boat !! beautiful beach and a very beautiful watter fall

Visited March 2012
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