Corcovado, Ilha Grande and Paraty

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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Flag of Brazil  , Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, March 14, 2011

Hi! Im writing to you from Paraty, a colonial village on the south east coast. Weve been away for a while on an island called "Ilha Grande". This literally translates as "big island", and is a holiday destination for both Brazilians and backpackers.

Im going to back-track a little.... On Monday morning we planned to leave Rio to head down south. Up until then the weather has been a bit cloudy but on this morning a bit of sun was shining through. We therefore took the opportunity to go and visit the "Corcovado" also known as "Christ the Redeemer". We made it to the top on a pleasant train ride through the suburban rain forest. As we got off the train we could see the massive statue of Jesus Christ towering over us. Tt was pretty impressive. Even more impressive was the 360 degree view over Rio, which was amazing!  We could of stayed up there for ages enjoying the beautiful view but we had a bus to catch....

We got a 3 and a half hour bus ride down the coast to Angra dos Rios, a small port. This is where we catch the boat to Ilha Grande. We just about made in time for the last boat with 10 minutes to spare! As we arrived onto the island we were greeted by a lovely lady called Katia. She offered to have us stay at her home for 8 a night. Given it was late and we were too tired to search around we took the offer. We had made the right choice! The house was beautiful, relaxing and had everything we needed. The only drawback was that it was a six minute walk up a steep hill to get there, but we could do with the exercises!

The first day on the island was dull, grey and rainy. We took a walk along some beaches, nothing special. On the second day the sun came out so we decided to take a hike to a beach on the other side of the island, with an old abandon prison. Apparently there had been many ghost sightings here! There are no cars on this island so we had to do everything by foot. We walked 16.5 Km there and back and by the end of the day we were knackered! We decided to stay on the island an extra day to relax and soak up the sun.

On Saturday we got the boat back to the mainland and then took a 2 hour bus down south to an old colonial village called Paraty.

Paraty is a nice little village with cobbled stone streets and old churches. Theres not much to do in Paraty except walk around and soak in the culture. The adventure lies outside the town on the nearby hills. We took a bike ride up there to visit the local waterfalls. We were told to bring our swimming trunks. When we got there we were amazed! There was a huge waterfall which you could slide down along the rock. We went down it many times, it was so much fun! There were also natural jacuzzis and waterfalls which you could stand underneath. It was like Mother Nature's play ground!

Today we head to Sao Paulo, one of Brazil's main cites. Were only stopping here for a night as we have a big 15 hour coach journey ahead of us to see Iguazu falls. We then have another long bus journey which will take us to Buenos Aires. We aim to be there by Friday

Ill keep you posted

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