Ilha Grande

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´trekking´across the island t the ´best´beach in brazil

We left Parati early morning and headed for a town called Angra Dos Reis that is where ferry´s leave for Ilha Grande. A nice two hour bus ride from Parati around the coastline, also passes a nice little nuclear power plant that is tucked away on the coastline before arriving at Angra dos Reis.

We caught a schooner for an hour and a half out to the island with a bunch of guys and gals we´d met at the port. A few of these guys we Aussies from East Melbourne who had 5 tubes of vegemite with them, bastards! We ran out about 2 months ago. Pretty much all the people on the boat were heading to the same hostel as us, ´Fred´s Place´.

ilha grande town
When we arrived it turned out that the hostel was full and that sarah and i would have to sleep in Fred room while he was away. Well i tell you what, Freds room wasn´t the plushest i´ve been in, but it was a bargain and quite the stigma associated when we said to other that we were in ´freds room´. Didn´t do much on the first night as the power was out, which turned out to be a normal occurance on the island.

Got up in the morning and took a 2,5 hour walk around the island to a beach that was supposed to be very nice. Somehow i´d managed to hurt my back that morning, so that 2,5hour walk turned out to be a bit of a pain in the behind. I´m pretty sure sarah saw it that way after my slow walking and moaning. Beautiful beach though, we stayed there for a few hours before catching the boat back to the hostel just in time to see the dutch get done by portugal.

good work on the self timer!
Damn those portugese, we really began to like the dutch after spening the majority of time with dutchies throughout bolivia and argentina. They weren´t in orange though, bad omen.

Weather wasn´t the best the next day, so we did very little with the plan of just watching the Aussie game at 12pm. About 11, what happens, but the power goes out on the island, you little ripper! So we set out to find a place with a generator to watch the game, seems like every Aussie on the island did the same and we sat ina  restaurant with about 20 other aussies. Good game, devestating though.

The weather had somehow manahed to turn from beatuful blue skys one day, to grey and raining the next. Teh weather forecast was predicting more rain for the next few days, so we decided to head further north on the first boat out of Ilha Grande the following morning. A bit disappointing the weather turned average, as Ilha Grande is a beatuful place, could easily spend a lot of time there.

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´trekking´across the island t th…
´trekking´across the island t t…
ilha grande town
ilha grande town
good work on the self timer!
good work on the self timer!
picturesque
picturesque
little squirrel we fund on our trek
little squirrel we fund on our trek
the beach!! there were lots of gd …
the beach!! there were lots of gd…
the beach
the beach
homemade capirinhas at the local b…
homemade capirinhas at the local …
relaxing at the hostel
relaxing at the hostel
picturesque
picturesque