It´s a hard life

Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Apr 18, 2007

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Arrived in Ilha Grande late afternoon and first impressions are great.

The hotel weīre staying in is class - we each have self contained cabins.  We didnīt have much time before heading out to dinner.  The place we went to was brilliant; we sat and had amazing food with a guy playing acoustic guitar and singing Brazilian music.  Afterwards we headed to the bar (surprise surprise) down the street.  After having a few drinks we all walked down the beach and sat at the end of the wooden pier to see if we could spot any turtles - no luck though just fish.  But it was great just to sit and chat under a brilliantly clear sky with thousands of stars above us.

The next day we caught a boat at 10.00 which took us on a tour around the islands.  We stopped and had a BBQ and then went swimming and snorkelling.  The guys played football and the ladies sunbathed (typical) but it was brilliant.  We also had all you can drink caprihanas which is a Brazilian drink made from rum, sugar and lime mmmmmm.  We then sailed to another beach before heading back to shore.  That night before dinner Juanīs trainee Fiorella was leaving to start her own first trek so we had a little presentation for her.  Very sad to see her go :(

That night we all went for pizza and were so tired from all the sun that we all went to bed early.

The next morning we all got up and left again at 10.00 for a trek to a famous beach called Lopez Mendes.  By trek we mean a grueling 2 hour hike up and down the mountains.  Yikes!!  Absolutely worth the sore legs though - views were amazing and the beach itself was spectacular.  Everyone just lounged around in the sun and some rented body boards and surf boards.  Got a boat back for our BBQ at our hotel that night.  Everyone was in great form that night.  We had beautiful food and loads of caiprihnas.  Island life is so sweet.
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