Ihla Grande- Treasure Island

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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oltanativa green

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, August 23, 2010

Upon arrival to this beautiful island we were taken aback. Literally my head was aback as I focussed on not vomiting the whole way- it did not work and as was previously stated it was an unattractive departure from Rio. Anish on the other hand, had a great time travelling and enjoying the scenes.

We met with our friends Ellie and Steve (doing a similar travel!) and they had discovered Olatnativa Green and 'mamma brazil' or Christina the proprietor. We instantly fell in love with the island, our hostel and mamma. Our laundry came back within hours (sick infested can I shamefully add) sun drenched and smelling of flowers, we had home cooked meals; meat, rice and beans and one night even lasagne! We had a room with a sea view, a hot shower and good friends next door; it was heaven!

We did a trek recommended by Ellie and Steve, (Ellie obviously told me the reality of this trek; it bloody hurts, its not a medium…but Steve said it was a must). Thanks guys, it was totally worth it and seeing you on that squeaky white sand on Lopes Mendes at the end for sausage, crackers, jam and that cold fresh skol was the best thing ever!

During the trek Anish told me our altitude and barometerised us (I don’t know!) every half an hour thanks to our shiny useful new Swiss army knife (thanks Bindu-its brilliant!) It was fun, we didn’t see any snakes but we saw lots of cute monkeys (although Ellie jumped behind me and we did get a bit tetchy when one came too close- you know rabies and all that!) and I can hear you all at home in shock that I voluntarily did it and I promise I only moaned a little bit…after all im not having Stef win this time- I will come back a traveller beach babe.

The island has amazing history, it tells a story if pirates, treasure maps, rich settlers, prisons, booby traps and has more ship wrecks in a concentrated area then any where else in the world…Anish made me look for treasure and every boat in the dock looked like a pirate ship as we played which boat would you have!

It reminded us of last year when we were on the Perhentian Islands off the coast of Malaysia, the two have some very stark comparisons; the samba, the food, culture, the running electricity. However the two paradise islands are identical in the remoteness of them (no cars/motorbikes or cash facilities), gorgeous surroundings, laid back lovely friendly people, stunning sunsets and beautiful beautiful beaches!
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suneet on

hey guys, loving the blog. great to hear what you both are up to whilst we're in rainy england....:) seriously though keep em coming! xx

roopa_anish on

thanks suneet!!!!!! miss u wicked to skype yday xxx

Golthier Santos on

That's very nice... I hope you guys have a wonderful time..

mum on

Hey you both, love reading your adventures. take care....Mum

julie on

I have been building up to reading this - knew I would feel so sorry for you, not having any lessons to plan, books to mark yada yada yada... What makes me really sick is how glamorous you both look!!! I console myself with the fact that you are probably covered in mossie bites, maybe?? miss you xxx

roopa_anish on

ahhh jools, come on and book ur holiday to meet us! anish is still scratching his bites from the inca trail, but NOT ME!! thanks for ur lovely comments, love to the family and you me joolie xx

Devon on


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