Ilha Grande - sunny weather at last

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Pousada da Cachoeira

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, August 29, 2009

From Rio, its a 3 hour bus to Angra to try to locate the ferry to Ilha Grande (literally big island). someone stops and shows us the way to the ferry and we are genuinely surprised to realise he is just a friendly local who isn't trying to sell us anything - we are in ultra friendly Brazil after all!

Ilha Grande is Brazil's third largest island - and a very popular tourist destination. The beaches are well populated by tourists of all shapes and sizes (all squeezed into tiny g string bikinis or speedos). Not only are there countless different beaches, there are numerous trails through the islands hilly jungle interior. On our first day, we walked to a beach on the other side of the island which was very peaceful - only 2 other tourists, and some local children playing.
There is also a pleasant waterfall with a pool at the bottom, which is about an hour and a half walk along quite a steep path - when we arrived we found a group of 6 American tourists there madly taking photos. Later we learn that you can take a boat most of the way and then only walk 20 minutes. That explains it.
But the grey sky we had in Rio has cleared, and the weather here is beautiful. Looks like we have timed it well.

Next stop - on the ferry back to Angra, to catch a bus to Paraty.
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