Ilhe Grande to Paraty

Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
Trip End Dec 03, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

After Rio we headed to Ilhe Grande, which was a 2 hour bus and 1 hour ferry ride away. 

We didnt have any accomodation arranged so when we arrived we strolled up the beach to find some. An Israeli girl from our hostel in Rio had tagged along for the journey and we ended up finding a triple bed in a nice clean pousada. As we arrived the pousada busted out afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits, this went down very well with all of us. 

That night was a quiet one as after a few hectic days in Rio we were quite tired. Lights were out at 930. The next day we decided to go for a bit of a hike to a beach called Lopes Mendes, which legend tells is one of the nicest beaches in the area. We were joined by Gaz, a fella from our hostel in Rio, and a few others from his hostel in Ilhe Grande as he was staying elsewhere. We set a roaring pace which the others couldnt maintain. 2 and half hours after traversing some rugged terrain and with the help of 2 random dogs which did the whole walk with us we were at the beach. Of course it was cloudy and on the verge of rain but the beach was pretty special. Long, wide, white sand and some nice waves crashing in. From our end of the beach to the right was the ocean and to the left was dense rainforest, it was quite picturesque. We got some body surfing in and the boys went to check out the rocky point at the end of the bay, which is when the heavens opened up and we had some more very loud thunder. It was a quick mission to the next beach back (about 20mins of tentative walking on the muddy paths) and we caught a boat back to where we were staying.       

The weather was average the next day too and Tanaya was feeling a bit sick so after breakfast went back to bed. Josh joined the lads in the other hostel to watch some Premier League football. That afternoon was a lazy one and we sussed out what ferry to catch back to the mainland the next day. 

At 10am we were on the ferry waiting for Gaz to turn up as we had booked a hostel together in Paraty our next stop. He had gotten a bit boozed the night before and didnt make it. 4 hours later we were in Paraty. The weather was still rubbish so we werent sure what we would get up to. Gaz arrived a few hours later, he caught a later ferry by himself. 

The beaches near Paraty are beautiful, but when the sun is not shining youre not keen to sit on another cloudy beach so we decided to do the 7km walk to a waterfall up in the surrounding hills. It took us a good few hours to wander up. We had been told about a waterfall which is smooth and moldy and a great slide into the river below. It was us two, Gaz and another couple from our hostel and the boys decided it had to be done. The boys inspected the river at the bottom and saw it was deep and nothing suspicious sticking up to do some damage. The boys one by one hopped on their bums and slid down rather cautiously. After they all survived undamaged confidence grew so they did it again a couple of times each. After the boys had dried off a young local turned up and absolutely put them to shame. The boys had been struggling to walk along the top of the waterfall because of the moss and this kid shows up and sprints along the top and slides down the waterfall on his feet. He then proceeded to put on a show for us and covered his face with a leaf, skipped over a vine he found, jumped and landed going backwards and also grabbed another girl there and sat her half way down and he slid down and jumped over her. It was incredible to see, this kid had amazing balance (check out the videos with this blog). We couldnt be bothered walking back to the hostel so stuck a lazy thumb out on the walk back down and a kind man driving a huge Dodge pick up stopped and we climbed onto the flat bed on the back along with some others hitching a ride. It turned a 2 hour walk into a 5 min drive. It bucketed down just as we got to the hostel so that man in the pick up was a blessing. 

If the weather was good we could have killed a few more days but we had already decided to make a move to Sao Paulo, where we are now. 

The next blog will hopefully come from the Iguazu Falls. 

Take care.         
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