The Island Experience
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- Shuttle bus service
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After a short bus ride we arrived into Angra dos Reis, a port town a few hours south of Rio. From there we took a boat over to Ilha Grande (Big Island) where we had planned to spend a couple of nights. We arrived too late to catch the last ferry over to the island, but there were speedboats going across every few hours. The boat left at 6pm, by which time it was pitch black outside - kind of freaky! And even more so when the driver failed to notice that, at ...
Today the weather was still a bit grey so we went on a hike to a natural pool up in the jungle and then an hour and a half on to a waterfall. We stopped at the pool for a swim and then set off on the vertical hike to the waterfall (which was much longer than we expected). We sat at the waterfall for a while and Lou went for a dip before we began the walk down. We took a different route, ...
... us Portuguese and introduced us to Brazilian music, showing us how to dance the samba and forró. We went on their boat, made caipirinhas, danced on deck and jumped in the sea at five in the morning. We also befriended a very smiley man who was overwhelmed by our love of football and danced with us on our last night on the island.
We then boarded our final bus of this whole trip, unable to believe that we were on our way to our final destination: Rio de ...
... eggs. There were loads of then running all over the place, kids screaming cos they were scared, dogs being attacked by them and adults running after them to take pictures, quite an amusing site. Up early the next day to go on the dive boat. There are 8 of us on the boat, most people had their paid licences so were diving but there were also a couple who were doing a try dive. I had already tried diving and did. It really like to so just opted for snorkelling. ...
... in the 18th century and with it came the sugar cane and coffee farming industry. And to work these plantations, many African slaves were brought in. After slavery was abolished Ilha Grande became known as a haven for slave smuggling which was quite lucrative business at that point. The 20th century has seen Japanese immigrants establishing a sardine processing industry here as well as the founding of a renowned prison colony which ...