“There exist places you could call sanctuaries, where we can forget who we are for some hours like the world is excluding us from her own revolutions. For us Vila de Trindade is one of these places. Located at the border between Rio and São Paulo states, the small village comprises of 7 beaches, probably the most beautiful of the Brazilian coast………”
“.......... Assim foi nosso passeio, um encontro com praias e matas quase intocadas, com paisagens exuberantes. Pena que durou pouco.”
Cited and translated from www.guiadobrasil.com.br
The whole area of Trindade is environmentally protected and is either part of the National Park Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina or the area of environmental protection APA Cairuçu , the only place where the park meets the sea. Being protected by the steep slopes of the “ Serra do Mar ”, the “ Mata Atlântica ”, the Atlantic rain forest, remained intact and even today the rich primary vegetation could be found in some areas.
In colonial times Trindade was a refuge for pirates that attacked the ships, leaving Paraty, sailing for Portugal, full of gold from Minas Gerais state. Stories of the local people are still told of lost treasures and chests full of gold on the seabed or in hidden and inaccessible places, particularly on the treasure island Ilha do Tesouro . During the 1960s, the place was first visited by hippies, and shortly thereafter the reputation spread. During the nineties the tourists discovered the beauty of the region. Nowadays, what was once just an old fishermen's village is a place with good tourist infrastructure, but still with nature in abundance and a lot of fascination.