There is a growing interest for ecological trailing and hiking, walking the old trails established by the
native "caiçaras", putting the body in shape and getting to know the Mata Atlântica forest. Many
are the paths that became real attractions. The mixing of sport and leisure by exploring trails is perhaps the
activity that gathers more and more enthusiasts within this region.
Água Branca - High level of difficulty
- It is a five hour trip passing by several waterfalls in the district of Sertão da Quina, such as the Corrêa, the Renata and Poço
Verde falls, all of them located in the extreme south of Ubatuba. This walk right in the middle of the
pristine jungle of the Serra do Mar range enchants the hiker with its beauty. One can observe several wild
animals in their natural habitat. At the final destination a waterfall invites for a deserved and refreshing
dive in its crisp waters.
Saco das Bananas - Easy level
- The two hours lasting trail starts at the Caçandoca beach, at the end of the
road of the Praia do Pulso beach. It passes by the Praia da Raposa and Brava do
Frade beaches. Another option is to start at the Tabatinga passing by the Barra da
Lagoa. There are ruins from colonial times on its path, but it is necessary to obtain a visiting permit
from the owner of the land on which they are located. In the small native "caiçara" village one
can meet descendants of the slaves that in the past worked on the regional farms and ranches.
Bonete - Medium level
- In less than two hours the Bonete trail takes you to the most picturesque fishing village of Ubatuba.
Following the ocean border, the hikers start at the Lagoinha and pass by the
Perez, Prainha, Bonete and Grande do Bonete beaches.
The easiest option can be done in less than an hour. More tricky is to follow up until the Fortaleza to the Bonete passing by the Praia do Deserto
beaches, in an approximately tour of two hours.
Corcovado - High level of difficulty
- The trail to Ubatuba's most famous peak, the Corcovado ("Hunchback"), is hard. To reach the top
of this 1150 meter high mountain, between rivers and waterfalls. A team takes about 8 hours. There are two
trail options. The first is by the south side starting from the Praia Dura and
passing through the Corcovado wilderness. It is steeper, almost a climbing. The other option, coming from the
north, starts at the Cachoeira dos Macacos falls near the Horto Florestal tree farm,and is an easier but
Sete Fontes - Easy level
- Through the paths that he cut by himself through the forest, the engineer and entrepreneur George Sisla
attracts groups of tourists to the Praia de Sete Fontes beach, where one of the
main attractions is the Stoatoa Bar, a picturesque and well sought after place during the main season. The
Sete Fontes beach is about 450 meters long, with clean sands and clear waters and access by boat or trail.
The tour starts from the Saco da Ribeira cove, passes by the Flamengo beach and
follows a path cut through virgin forest, passing by a 50 meter deep cave, one of the few in the region.
Praia do Sul - Easy level
- For those who want to cross the Praia do Presídio until the Praia do Sul beach on the Anchieta Island, one can
follow the trail used by the prison inmates during their forced labours before the prison was closed in the
Fifties. The hikers travel to the island by schooners that departure from the Saco
da Ribeira cove and Praia do Itaguá beach. Another trail takes the visitor to
the east coast passing through the old caserne. Its advisable to check first with the tour operators about
the trail conditions and get a permit from the authorities who take care of the park. The Praia do Sul trail
is well outlined and needs no help of a guide.
Ponta Grossa - Easy level
- Arriving at the Ponta Grossa Lighthouse takes a one and a half hour walk on a little road that starts at
the Praia do Tenório passing by the Praia Vermelha do Centro and Praia do Cedro beaches. From its belvedere
one can see a great part of the town and several other beaches. It can be done safely without a guide.
Monte Valério - Easy level
- Within the park of the same name, this trail can be done by car or by foot. Its an alternative access to
the southern part of the county for those who want o avoid the the crowding and traffic jam of the Praia Grande during the holiday season. It offers a panoramic view of the Perequê-Açu beach and part of downtown Ubatuba.
Hints for a nice trip:
- First of all, one shall respect the environment.
- Avoid littering and keep the vegetation as it is.
- Do not hassle the animals and respect the the boundaries of the trails that frequently pass through
- Use light clothes, such as jumpsuits, t-shirts, bathing suits, sneakers thick socks and headgear.
- Do not forget insect reppelent spray or lotions, water canteen and other indispensable personal objects.
- On overnight stays in groups, use longsleeves, jeans, top-boots, sleeping bags or quilts, food and carry a
The Hawaiians invented surfing. The "Ubatubans" feel
obliged. The great navigator James Cook described the strange sport he saw in 1778 when visiting the islands.
The habit of "riding" waves conquered the world when a Hawaiian became an olympic swimming champion
and divulged surfing internationally, for it helped him with the training his victory. Duke Khamanoku became
the first international surfstar conquering North Americans, Europeans and Australians. After him generations
of champions followed his steps.
In the Seventies, the wave hit Ubatuba with full strength.
From then on, "hot-doggers" like Tadeu Pereira and Ricardo Toledo showed their expertise. The town
hosts important local, national and world championships.
Tadeu Pereira a local surfer who took part in several international championships, states that Itamambuca
are rolling the best waves for competitions. "The wave is not fast nor fat, with sides for strong and
gentle maneuvering. There are good right-side waves rolling to the beach". It's not for nothing
that Ubatuba attained the status of "World Capital of Surf".
General Sports Activities
|The conditions in Ubatuba are an invitation to the practice of various
maritime sports. National and Worldwide contests for Boxing, Surfing, Sport and Aerobatic Flying, Mountain
Biking, Triathlon, Biathlon, Paraglider, Trail, Jet-Sky and Swimming are held regularly
The town also promotes Canoe Racing, Basketball, Volley and Indoor Soccer contests. The training sessions
are held in the "Tubão" Sport Stadium in downtown Ubatuba.
The soccer games happen in the Estádio Municipal Ciccillio Matarazzo, at the Perequê-Açu
beach and in several other smaller districtal soccer fields .
Diving and sailing count with organized groups, yacht clubs and support services. Sportive angling is
coming back strong with championships at the Vermelha do Norte beach.
Sports for all ages can be observed being practicized in Ubatuba's daily life.
Future surfing "hotrods" improve their skills in the municipal Surf School created by the
surfing oldtimer José Alberto Jacob, a.k.a. "Jacó", born in Ubatuba and a forerunner of this
sport in the county. Perfect waves attract pros and amateurs from all over the world. In Ubatuba the visitor
can surf on the waves of the Félix, Itamambuca or Praia
Grande beaches and meet experts like Tadeu Pereira, Ricardo Toledo and Daniel Hardman.
Jet Sky Championship