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Most pristine beaches, wildest treks, and best-preserved archeological remains
Ilha do Campeche
Beckoning from the shores of Praia do Campeche, this officially designated ecological and historical site is home to some of the most pristine beaches, wildest treks, and best-preserved archeological remains around Florianopolis. If you thought Brazilian wildlife was all about the Amazon and tropical ecosystems, think again: the island of Campeche is a prime example of the country's quickly disappearing Atlantic jungle ("Mato Atlantico"), home to unique species of birds, monkeys, and other wildlife. The secluded, protected beaches sport some of the finest, whitest sand around, with turquoise-to-green water lapping at it. Hiking on the island's small hills is a great way to take in its natural wonders and some great vantage points. Catch a boat from Praia do Campeche or Praia da Armacao, but be aware that service from the former is in small Zodiaks with unreliable schedules largely dependent on water conditions.