Ilha Grande

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
Trip End Aug 07, 2008

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

10th April

We left Rio de Janeiro today to go to Ilha Grande, this is a lovely tropical Island off the coast of Brazil. We arrange a transfer from the hostel in Rio to Ilha Grande which was due to pick us up at 9am, the bus didnīt arrive until 11.20am this is apparently the brazilian way :). After an eventful journey where we feared for our own lives and the lives of other road users with the state of the driving over here we arrived at the site of the boat transfer. We had all taken out a good bit of money because there are no ATMīs on the Island, there are also no cars on the Island but that may be due to the fact that there are no roads on the island only dirt tracks. When we arrived on the island we checked into our hostel and signed up for an all you can eat BBQ. We walked around the island a bit before returning to the hostel where we had some of the local beer while we waited for the BBQ.

11th April

Today we had initally planned to trek through the jungle to the abandoned prison on the island but because it was such a beautiful day we decided to go to the lopez mendes beach which is on the other side of the island. We took a boat to a beach near by and walked the rest of the way on a path through the jungle. When we got to lopez mendes we were greeted by an amazing beach with fine white sand and turquoise water. The water was lovely and warm and the waves were approx 6 feet high so we rented a surfoard even though we hadnīt a clue how to use them but it was great fun. We returned to the hostel after about 5hours on the beach where we went to get some food.

12th April
Today we went on the hike to the abandoned prison on the island, it took a total of 6hours and a distance of 18KM. The trek consistened of a steep and windy road made of loose stones until about half way then it started to decline. At this stage we had all lost about half our body wieght in sweat :). After about 3hours we made it to the prison but were so wrecked we didn't spend too much time looking around it. We just ate some of the food we brought and after a brief rest we decided to head back to make sure we got back before dark.
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