Big city to tiny (or rather Grande) island

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, September 12, 2011

So, Ilha Grande is the opposite of Rio.  It's quiet, the people are lovely and very relaxed.  Despite a grey boat trip over to the island, the second day was beautiful so I went on a boat trip where I did a bit of snorkeling.  The sea wasn't that clear but the views from the boat were amazing - it felt like a real tropical paradise.  To top the day off I relaxed with a couple of beers at a candle-lit beach cafe (Cafe do Mar).  So nice was it that I decided to try the fish ... only this time it was fresh and cooked to perfection with no batter or salt in sight!  However, I had no idea what it was and when I asked was told it was Marlin which I later found out - according to Wikipedia - that "Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly in fine restaurants".  Not bad for 30 Reals in a beach cafe!

My second day on Ilha Grande wasn't such a tropical paradise.  It rained so I decided to go for a hike.  After two hours I came across a beach witch resembled a scene from "The Birds" with lots and lots of vulture type birds on it - I don't need to say that I didn't stay long.  I covered 16km in total and was soaked to the bone! 

Here's hoping for some better weather in Paraty.
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Suzy on

It look idyllic - but those birds look creepy! Thank God the food has picked up in flavour and quality. Were you in the rainforest when you met the little monkey? I was never lucky enough to see a monkey in the rainforest.

Juli on

C'mon Draper ... more blog entries! Hope all is going well ... xxxx

kate767 on

I´ve added another for you Ju. Not quite up to date yet tho and cant add photos where i am but they´ll be there soon x

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