Trip Start Jan 17, 2008
186Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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The island is completly covered by rainforest, there are no paved roads on the islands and the interior is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles on dirt tracks. We stayed in the major settlement of the island, and our day to day existence was mostly governed by the weather, and the fact that it was terrible during our stay. At least once every day, it would bucket it down, so guaranteeing a soaking to anyone unlucky enough to be out and about at that particular moment. We spent a lot of time sitting under the tarpulin sheet that protected the table in the garden from downpours, the boys introduced us to 2 reais bottle of cachaca, (60p) that together with cheap limes available by the bag load from the supermarket or even free, picked from the tree in the garden, together with an industrial sized bag of sugar, go to create the most disgusting caiprinhas ever made!! The trick is not to put too much cachaca in, their cairpinhas were like drinking a pint of vodka with a dash of coke!
When we were not sitting under the tarpualin, Daniella and I attempted to walk to the other side of the island and back one afternoon, we set off (without rain jackets) along the rising path through the wooded interior, passing jackfruit trees and flowing streams, after about 1 hour and a half, we reached the crest of the hill and from them on it was downhill, unfortunately a light drizzle turned into a heavy downpour and by the time we reached the small village on the other side, we were quite wet
We also went on a boat trip, on our final day in Ilha Grande, we woke up to see that it was finally sunny, so decided to make the most of it, and visit the nearby islands, lagoons and beaches. We just had time to run down to the pier and catch one of the boats as it was leaving, We had not had any time to eat any breakfast, so instead we had to enjoy 2 packs of tasty ruffles crisps. mmm healthy brekky.Then we set sail for the furthest lagoon, the scenery was lovely, all those forested mountains and the turquoise green sea, unfortunately Daniella had an argument with one of the crew and the water at the first stop was not very clean, ( I saw crisp packets floating in the water), on top of that, the water was very cold, and there was not much marine life to see. On the plus side, the crew did cook some good kebabs and sausages for our lunch, though they were not free.....By the late afternoon the overcast weather had returned and we both felt it was too cold to swim, and the boat headed back to port. Overall, it was not the best boat trip that we have done, the ones in Asia were better, and we were able to see more exotic fish.