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Ilha Grande - Tropical paradise with an eerie past

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A September 2002 trip to Ilha Grande by actonsteve

Agraao harbour from the sea Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil More Photos
Quote: Only forty miles from Rio is another world. An island straight from Robert Louis Stevenson with endless beaches, swaying palms and adventurous diving. Ilha Grande is a newly discovered jewel.

Ilha Grande - Tropical paradise with an eerie past

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Agraao harbour from the sea Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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Ilha Grande is one of the most stunningly beautiful islands you can visit in Brazil. It is toted as 100% stress free with it's bountiful beaches, steamy rainforest, rolling mountains, and colonial architecture. It was cut off from the outside world for a long time and had an eerie reputation, meaning that tourists have only been allowed to visit. This means the island is pristine. The signs of mass tourism have not encroached on Ilha Grande making it an adventure for the independent traveler. Ilha Grande is only accessible by ferry from the coastal town of Angros Dos Reis. Two ferries a day connect it with the little town of Agraao on Ilha Grande. The town itself is charming with soaring green p...Read More

Sunterra Greensprings Plantation

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Hotel | "Ilha Grande hostel - swinging in the jungle"

Sunterra Greensprings Plantation Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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Can there be any greater pleasure in life then swinging in a hammock? Life seems to slow down at Ilha Grande's only hostel. They say the island is 100% stress free and here you can kick back and watch hummingbirds buzz around the flowers and fruit ripen slowly on the trees. For a small price you can buy a little time in this paradise. The hostel is one of the best deals in Agraao, and if you don't fancy one of the plentiful pousadas on the island, then this is a good option. It consists of a main building containing three dorms and six cabanas scattered around the garden. It is the last building before the jungle-covered mountain backing onto Agraao and some of the rainforest seeps int...Read More

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Sunterra Greensprings Plantation
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South Amerian Experience

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Attraction | "South Amerian Experience bus - Budget tour of Brazil"

South Amerian Experience Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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Ever wanted to explore South America but were nervous doing it on your own? Worried about arriving in Rodovaria's late at night or finding your own hotel in a strange town?Well, this professional and impressive tour company takes all the pressure away as it runs a hop-on-and-hop-off bus around Rio de Janeiro and Bahia states for a very reasonable price. You can go trekking in the rainforest, lay out in the beach, visit coffee plantations, go rafting along rivers, and visit Imperial palaces . . . all for under £66 (US$100).I can't recommend them enough. One of the best things about this tour is meeting up with other travelers. It becomes an adventure as you travel along th...Read More

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South Amerian Experience
Rua Raimundo Correa 36A
Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro 22040-040

Our group catching first sight of Lopes Mendes Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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Although I loved Rio's Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Praia Lopes Mendes has to be the best beach I saw in Brazil. Two miles of uninhabited beach backed by verdant tropical jungle, with sand as soft as silk and the color of pure milk, whilst surf rolls in off the Atlantic. A curtain of palm trees is a wild backdrop while at either end of its curved bay are towering mountains and jumbles of explorable rocks. Praia Lopes Mendes has that wow factor and the best thing is that we nearly had it all to ourselves. Ilha Grande is rather a big island that faces the Atlantic from the coast of Brazil. While the lovely town of Agraao faces onto a millpond like bay, Praia Lopes Mendes fac...Read More
Cheap amusement for the locals Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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How could you not love a country with thirty different kinds of mango? Brazil is for the senses. Not just the ears and eyes but the nostrils and taste buds as well. On one leg of our trip between Angros dos Reis and Paraty, we were taken to a cachaca distillery hidden away in the jungle. Cachaca is a kind of unmatured rum and has a kick like a mule. Also included was a trip into the jungle and a visit to a waterfall. At this stage of the trip we were down to six people--mainly from the British Isles. There was a Dubliner couple called Derek and Doreen, myself, an Englishman, Gary, who is on his way back to Thailand via Brazil, a Paulista woman who spoke no English called Ilse, and a Yo...Read More
Paraty at night Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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There is something of the forgotten tropical backwater to Paraty (pronounced Parachi in Portuguese). It is one of the best-preserved Colonial towns in Brazil with an interesting history going back to the 16th century. There is a languid quality to the place--life is not for hurrying. It reminded me of one of those towns in a Graham Greene novel, where the hero is banished to a fly-blown spot and braves hurricanes and tropical disease before he is returned to favor. There is a touch of being at the end of the world in Paraty, but every visitor to Rio de Janeiro should visit, and it makes an ideal break from the frenetic 'Cuidade Marvelosa.' There is no denying that this, the historical highpoint ...Read More
One of our group finds a hammock Photo, Ilha Grande, Brazil
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The master of the plantation stood in the doorway. He was dressed in a tight jacket, jodhpurs, and high boots. In his hand was a riding crop; his hand was outstretched. "Allo, welcome to Ponte Alba coffee farm," he said. They are careful to stress farm rather than plantation here. It was a plantation when it housed 400 African slaves who used to grind coffee beans in its main square. If they escaped or fermented rebellion, then the master clapped them in irons or some other gruesome device. For all its beauty, Ponte Alba coffee farm is rather haunting. As if hundreds of memories--good and bad--still linger on . . . We visited this gem on the way between Paraty and the Serra dos Orgaos ...Read More