Day 236 - Rio to Ilha Grande

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Friday, April 25, 2008

It was the middle of the night when our alarm went off, but we got out of bed, chucked our bags into the storage room, jumped in the taxi and were at the Rio central bus station in no time.

We got on the bus, which was half empty and two hours later got to the port, we even managed some sleep on the bus for once.



The ferry over to the island was really chilled and Katie was got very excited when she first laid eyes on some of the beaches!

Land Ahoy !

We also had a very clear view of the highest rock which points out of the middle of the island that they say looks like a parrot's head. If you're on LSD.

Parrot´s beak

When we arrived had our last highly frustrating amble around the town looking for accommodation (we won't miss having to do that every few days!), before settling on an expensive but very nice place on the beach. 

Our room was comfortable and had a great view out over the water, we figured that we deserved a nice place for the last few days of our trip.


The walk along the beach was quite exhausting with soft wet sand and all the weight from the backpacks, so after agreeing on the room we had lovely warm showers, lay on the bed for a while and then ventured out.

Beach 2

We walked back to the port area and booked ourselves on a 10:30 boat out of town to the best beach on the island, called Lopez Mendes.

Boat 1 

The boat trip cost 10 Reals each for a return ticket and it was very peaceful, with some great scenery and perfect weather.

It reminded us of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, but without the cloud and rain!

Boat 2 

If we could have weather like this for the next few days we'd be over the moon!

Boat 3

There were only a few other boats on the water and for once we managed to pick one of the faster vessels!

So long, losers! Eat our wake...

Boat 4 

Katie made the most of the 45 minute journey to work on her tan!

Boat 5 

When we reached our destination were dropped off at a nearby beach and told to walk for 30 minutes along a path to get to the beach.

And there was me thinking that we would be dropped off at the beach we paid for! ;)

Boat 6 

There's something special about a beach surrounded by palm trees, white sand and deep blue sea!

Beach palm 

Again it was really cool to see the beaches appearing out of deep forest, without any development.

It looked like Paradise Island (not the hotel in Vegas).

Beach bay 

We followed the walking trail and when we turned the first corner another lovely little beach appeared, so we'd already seen two great beaches in two minutes and we hadn't even reached our destination yet, which was supposed to be even better!


We'll be back in dull, grey, smokey London next week, so we figured it was best to take advantage of the photo opps while we could!

KT beach 

Then it was back to the path as it cut through the trees.

KT walk 

When we reached the end of the path we could see a perfect beach opening out before us, with only a handful of other people on it.


A few steps later and we were out of the canopy and onto one of the biggest beaches that I've ever seen, it was ginormous!

Lopes Mendes 1 

We had the whole beach to ourselves, so we found a nice spot and then pretty much lay there for the next 6 hours, punctuated by the odd forray into the sea or walk down the beach.

LM 3

The sun was really warm with a nice breeze taking the edge off the heat, it was perfect sunbathing weather!

LM 2 

Around lunchtime a guy appeared selling food, so Katie strolled over to get some lunch while I went for a nice long walk around the bay.

LM 4

As usual there were a few vultures circling overhead, the scavangers cruising the thermals looking for easy food opportunities...


I walked all the way down to the left side of the beach and discovered another nice secluded bay behind some very large rocks.
I lay on the rocks for a while appreciating the silence, all I could hear was the crashing of the waves beneath me.

LM 5

I then decided to jog all the way back to Katie, which was fantastic, even I couldn't resist stopping for photos at various intervals!

LM 6

LM 8

It was also great to be able to go for a swim to cool off, with some great views back towards the beach.

LM 7

We had a lovely relaxing day on the beach before catching the 5pm boat back into town, on which we enjoyed a stunning sunset before arriving in the port.

Boat sunset

When we got back to our room we enjoyed our showers to get rid of all the sand and suncream and then chilled in the room reading our books until going out for dinner.

We found a nice cheap place selling really good gourmet crepes and I convinced Katie to have a sweet crepe and a bowl of ašai with bananas and granola for desert.

She started off by saying that she had no intention whatsoever of having any of the deserts but naturally minutes later was pulling off a remarkably good impression of someone doing the exact opposite!

We then walked lazily around the rest of the small beach town, past a church with weird green lighting...


...and a load of desert trolleys selling loads of different deserts without being attached to any of the restaurants?!

Desert on wheels !

We walked back to our pousada along the beach and within minutes were both sleeping like babies!

I think we're really going to enjoy our time on this beautiful island, let's just hope that the weather holds for us...

Lots of love,

Al & Katie xx
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