[highlight]Leia em Português[/highlight]In southern Rio de Janeiro there are lots of hidden beaches, which deserve all the effort to be discovered. Some have access by boat, others by easy/hard trails – breathtaking paths through the rainforest. Sometimes, you can see the ocean surrounded by the green vegetation or a dense forest leading you to pleasant waterfalls, where you can renew your energies. One discovery was Sono Beach, 32 km away from Paraty – accessible by boat or on foot. It is populated by a small fishermen community in the Ecological Reserve of Juatinga. It all starts with a calm trail for hike lovers, some ups and downs, open hiking in the woods and stretches with a handrail. It was the end of a holiday, we ran into several backpackers on their way back loaded with camping equipment and the face of someone who needs to go back to real life. The beach is small and has little infrastructure, there are some kiosks and bars that are not open all year long. It is a place to get away and interact with nature. Of course, on holidays it may be crowded and you might have a different impression.
From Sono you can go to 6 other interesting places: Poço do Didico and Poço do Jacaré, Antigos, Antiguinhos, Galhetas and Ponta Negra Beaches. It is best to find a place to stay and visit everything, or hire a transport with the fishermen.
We got a cloudy day and decided to go to Poço Do Jacaré, a small though powerful waterfall, with strong waters and a place to jump – a 30-minute muddy hike that started at the church in the middle of the square. We spent a lovely afternoon until we hiked back to Laranjeiras. I will specialize in all these wonderful little beaches and tell you all about them.
Take NoteHow to get there: drive to Laranjeiras Condo or get a bus (line 1040) at the bus station in Paraty. The 4km-trail starts on the last stop or you hire a motorboat at the beach. It cost R$ 25 per person during carnival. Accommodation: there are few campsites where you can stay in cottages, all by the beach. I spent the day and got the card of Camping da Paz ([email protected]), who welcomed me at the end of the trail. He told me it is open all year, but in low season you should make reservations early, as the beach is empty. Photos by Leandro Gabrieli.
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Translated by Lúcia Maciel