Paradise in Brazil....

Trip Start May 12, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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overnativa green hostel

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spent 48 hours on this amazing island, situated 2hr 30min hours from Rio de Janeiro by road to the port in Angra dos Reis followed by 1hr 30 on the ferry.

Ihla Grande, literally means big island and it is Brazil's third largest island.  The island is covered in forests which are remnants of the Mata Atlantica ecosystem (as per lonely planet!!).  There are no cars allowed on the island

On our first morning we hiked about 2 and a half hours across the island from the only 'town' Abraao to the beach of Lopes Mendes which is seemingly 'the best' beach in Brazil, but don't know how accurate that is? it was absolutely gorgeous though!  The hike itself was enjoyable, felt like dying at a few stages as it was so warm out.  The trail itself first went over a mountain (might be a big hill but felt like a mountain) through the forest and we ended up on the first beach, walked to the end of it and clambered up a rock to get to the second part of the trail, again through the forest and over another mountain where we came out on yet another lovely beach, followed immediately by a second beach.  Then back over another hill (this one was defo a hill could not even pretend to call it a mountain) and we came out on Lopes Mendes, amazing!  The beach is untouched, there was one dude selling drinks from a table but there was nothing else only sunbathers and surfers. 

Steph and I had great fun playing in the waves for ages, its all we seem to do when we get into the sea over here, spent some time sunbathing, had a bit of a snooze after our exertive morning, I got a wee bit burnt (surprise surprise!).  We then walked back to the last beach and forked over 4euro to get a boat back! lazy we know but the reward on the way was worth it and we were dying to get into the shower!

On our second day we got up early and went for another walk, not as strenuous though.  We went up to the Lazeretto Ruins, which are there from when the island was used as a leper colony and prison, they were for sanitation or something because all the europeans were bringing cholera over.  Read the sign at the time but bit hazy now!  We then continued up that trail to the Aqueduct on the island which was beside a natural pool which was fab too.

On our way back we stopped off for one last swim (and we actually did this time as there were no breaker waves) on the black beach.  The sand on the beach is black from the different composition of minerals, actually pretty cool looking but when you were at the edge of the water it looked more like you were standing in muck than actually on a sandy beach.

We then went and collected the rucksacks to begin our journey to Iguazu Falls. 

See the next few entries where I am going to moan about how horrible our trip turned out.... one mishap after another!


Pics to follow I swear I will upload soon!
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