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Ilha Grande Travel Blog

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Hi again,

We´re on Ilha Grande, an island off the coast of Rio de Janerio state, this place is amazing.  There is pristine rainforest, gorgeous beaches and cute little monkeys.  Took a local bus from Paraty for two bouncy hours along the coast, couldn´t put our luggage in the hold so took up extra bag seats!  Got to Angra los Reis and transfered to a boat older than the Gosport Ferry to chug across to Ilha Grande.  A bit cloudy hiding the tops of the mountains but it looked pretty good.  Docked and walked up the increasingly steep hill to our pousada set almost among the trees and waterfall.  Took a short walk to one of the nearby beaches to swim in the warm waters.  Ilha Grande use to be many things that kept people away such as a pirate hideout or prison.  There are some lovely ruins near this beach and I went to find our new accomodation - but there wasn´t anything suitable.  I explored further into the forest and encountered some small ring talled capoucin monkeys.

That evening wandered into the main village for dinner there were a few flashes in the sky, ordered our dinner and whilst waiting the storm arrived.  Masses of lightening which lit up the dark sky silloueting the mountains and palm trees beyond.  The rain was relentless.  Then the power went, plunged into darkness got our wind up torch out as candles were lit.  Light came back on and we could eat dinner.  Then it went off again for longer.  With power restorted went back to the pousada and got drenched.  Throughout the night the power went twice more as the storm moved over Ilha Grande.

On our full day on the island did a hike to Lopes Mendes often voted the best beach in Brazil.  Took 3 sweaty hours over a mountain pass with amazing views, through the rainforest, and across beaches for cooling off before we made it.  Lopes Mendes is a pretty special beach facing the Atlantic with breakers pounding the white sand.  Spent a couple of hours there before the clouds moved in and a shower developed.  On the way back spied a family of monkeys who were very confortable in presence of humans taking their picture.  After an hour of walking got to a the first beach we´d encountered and found a boat to take us back to the main town.  However, he had to pick some people up - from where we had just walked from.  So went all the way back to sit for half an hour before going back to the town.  On the way back the rain came and we sheltered in the tiny cabin whilst the boat rolled about.  Monday evening on Ilha Grande was quiet, the bars seem to shut early, but was able to have my Antartica beer!

Next stop is Rio, the last one of this trip!

Iain & Becca

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