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Day 5 - The transfer to Ilha Grande was nice and easy, picked up from our hostel at 9am and feet on the island sand by 1pm. A short hike up the hill to Holandes Hostel and a heads up about the frequent power cuts due to the rain, gave us a taste of what lay ahead for the next few days. Ilha Grande is a hot and humid lush green paradise - we couldn't have felt further from Rio. There are no cars on the island and the only areas not covered in ...
... powder sand and clear turquoise waves.
We wimped out of the two and a half hour walk back to Abraao and opted for a taxi boat instead. This was 20 minutes of pure entertainment due to one poor Brazilian guy sat at the back of the tiny boat who was repeatedly buffeted by waves to the face and looked very unhappy about the whole experience. That night we treated ourselves to a fancy kebab in a local restaurant followed by a Moj or two. After which, we watched a samba band play ...
... deals to me, especially when they here a gringo speaking Portuguese!
The other touirsts on the island are nearly all gringos, this was really weird; most of the places I've been are off the tourist trail and filled with Brazilians. But I did meet a Brazilian and some great people from Mexico, Australia, the UK and even Scots at the hostel.
I booked a tour for Tuesday that was to take me the whole way around the island (in one day) and visit 6 ...
Wanted to do a 3 hour walk to a lowkey beach with the Argentinian girls Jessie & Mariana. We were far too unorganised & didn't leave the house until 12. It was too late to leave as we would only arrive at 3 and boats stopped returning at 4. Split up in two groups as Dimi & Wils wanted ...
We arrived at rio airport at 7.30am rio time! Collected our bags and hoped that there was a dude with our name waiting for us! There was a dude with 'Ilha Grande. Genes ' written in some paper but no one else. After a quick look around we went up to him and said 'James??' In an inquisitive way. He responded with a 'si si' so we went along with it! We headed into rio catching a glimpse of big Jesus now and then ...