Brazils Island Paradise

Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
Trip End Jul 18, 2010

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Posada Mata Nativa

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Friday, March 12, 2010

Island = Beaches
Beach = Sun
Sun = Swim
Swim = Happy Chad

We arrive on the island after catching a bus and ferry ride from the last town. We ended up missing our ferry because the bus driver was an hour and a half late! Only in South America. Im not complaining though because the alternate ferry was a hole lot better.

Once we reached the island we settled into out hostles located about a 5 minute walk from the beach somewhere in the jungle. The streets here are pretty easy to follow because they practically all lead to the same place. The people are friendly and besides the constant stares, are happy to help or sell you any service. For some reason the main food here seems to be pizza, only with a hefty base of cheese, then topped with cheese, with a sprinkle of cheese. They love their cheese!

On the first night it was pretty relaxed, the group went out for dinner (yes pizza), and returned back to the hostel for a night in the pool underneath the stars, which im pretty sure we could see EVERY SINGLE STAR. The night sky here is amazing.
The next day we decided to all get on a boat that would take us to different beaches around the island. The boat was scheduled to leave at 11:30am, once it arrived at 12 we get on a wait, and wait, and wait....
Turns out the boat we were getting on was a caprihani boat (its a brazilian drink), it was supposed to include a free BBQ, free caprihanis and music.... Well this boat didnt have the music because the speakers were busted up!
So tour guide (or CEO) to the rescue--long story short, 1.5 hours later we ended up in another boat that had all of the above and then some...
The boat was pretty much a flat deck with a flat roof, perfect for jumping off like you see in the movies!
People jumped on, the boat set off and away we were for a day on the water. We ended up stopping at about 3 island beaches were we would anchor, the music would start, the caprihanis would start flowing and the swimming and partying began--definitley one of the highlights of this trip. The ratio of women to men was about 2:1 with most of them English (i know, i dont get it either?)

The beaches we anchored in were pretty amazing, the water was clear and deep enough to do waterver, the background was jungle, sea and sky--the setting was perfect and we had a blast.

As we head back to the land and civilisation at aroung 8pm, we experienced a brazilian lightning storm which was pretty impressive.
Once we reached land, there was not much of a plan due to the endles supply of we head back to the hostel for a night in the pool. Later that night i head out for a bit to eat with Barbara (Tour Guide) from one of those road side stands that sell meat on a stick from a guy whos enthusiasm was killing me. It took him about 5 minyues to realise we were standing there, then once he serves us, about 10 more minutes to receive the change---without a single glance or smile our way--so i decided "Pedro" was the man and my new inspiration.
We then head out to the beach at around 11:30pm for a beer under the night sky and before we new it, it was about 2pm--another major highlight of the trip. Not a bad way to spend a day huh??

The next day we cought another boat that would take us to the most secluded and popular beach on the island, Lopez Mendez. After a half hour boat trip and a 15 minute treck through the jungle, i was faced with an endless supply of pristine ocean paradise...this beach was different to what im used to, it stretched out for about 3 km in a cove like patten, the water cristal clear with a constant supply of metre high waves--just what the doctor ordered...i was in heaven. Spent the whole day in the water before heading back for a 5:00 boat.

That night when at dinner, it rained. When i say rained i mean the streets were flooded within minutes, at that moment shirts were off and the dash for shelter began.
I forgot to mention the streets arnt flat, some are cobbled and some have stones the size of my head so running on these "roads" with water about ankle deep in a terrential downpour was pretty interesting--and a bit painful.
Long story short, i was drenched so we all went back in the pool--natuarlly in the rain. Pretty cool.

Isla Grande was a definite highlight of this trip and if i were to come back to brazil one day, this island would definitley be at the top of my īto visitī list

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mannie on

"You're so cool."


versatyle on

Awesome shots playa!

Hahahahha! That pedro character sounds like a real swell guy!

the_chad on

Hey guys.

More pics and vids to come...just having troubles with the spped over on this side of the planet.

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