Blogs from Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande October 15th 2018

Am letzten Tag in Rio de Janeiro besuchten wir noch die Rocinha Favela, anscheinend die grösste Favela in Südamerika, die mit einem lokalen Guide, so dass das ganze auch nicht gefährlich war. Danach ging die Reise mit dem Bus und Schiff auf die nahe Rio de Janeiro gelegene Insel Ilha Grande weiter. Mit unserer Ankunft auf der Insel wurde auch das Wetter massiv schlechter. Es war immer bewölkt und teils regnet es, mal mehr mal weniger. Trotz mässigen Wetter entschieden wir uns in der Nacht bis zum Sonnenaufgang Kajak fahren zu gehen Jetzt denken sich wahrscheinlich einige, weshalb in der Nacht? Dies hat einen simplen Grund, nur in der Nacht und bei absoluter Dunkelheit kann man im Meer das fluoreszierende Plankton sehen. Das Ganze war dann zwar nicht ganz so spektakulär, wie ich mir das vorgestellt ... read more
Strase in Paraty
Wasserfall in Paraty
Iguasu Wasserfälle

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande August 28th 2018

Today saw us meet up with some new travelling companions as we join G adventures on a tour across Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. A good mi of Aussies, Swiss, italian, Israeli, Germans and a Venezuelan tour guide , Francisco - a good guy. A gentle start with dinner in Rio then next morning a coach and ferry (well large motor boat) to our first stop, the beautiful sunny Ilhe Grande. Except the weather had turned and it was wet and cold ( well cold for here anyway). Oh and I managed to lose another sweatshirt on the bus. Next day we found a hike to a waterfall up some fairly good hills (128 stairs for those of you with fitbits) and worked up an appetite for lunch. Some of the guys went on a night ... read more
aqueduct Ilhe Grande
waterfalls Ilhe Grande
Boats at Paraty

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande May 30th 2016

With my continued descent south here in Brazil I figured I would get some final time visiting the beautiful beaches and islands before I head inland and further south where the temperatures are certain to quickly plummet. So the past several days I've split my time between Ilha Grande off of Brazil's mainland and an old colonial village Paraty back on the mainland. Both have outstanding beaches and the weather has been absolutely perfect. Getting to Ilha Grande was an easy task and simple travel. Gotta love when things go this smooth. Erique was nice enough to drive me to the bus terminal in Rio where I booked a bus to Angra dos Reis (2 hours, $R21). Once here I walked to the main dock looking for a boat to the island. I saw a few ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande April 22nd 2016

Didn't have to be at the tour office until 10.20 so had time before hand to pick up drinks, food and sun-tan cream and to enquire at the bus company 'office' about purchasing a ticket for tomorrow. This was about the third time I had attempted this and there was never anybody there. However this time a young woman did respond to my ringing the bell. However, if I wanted to buy a ticket I would have to come back after 5 p.m. - I did and there was no one there,of course. However did glean the useful information that the bus station was about 15 mins walk from the ferry quay in Angra so would need to get a taxi to it. I also watched for the ferry that I was going to catch the ... read more
Ilhas Paradisiácas boat trip, Ilha Grande
Ilhas Paradisiácas boat trip, Ilha Grande
Ilhas Paradisiácas boat trip, Ilha Grande

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande April 22nd 2016

Got myself organised and down to the quay in plenty of time for the ferry. In fact I was second in the queue for tickets but the ticket counter wasn't open yet. Just like the one for the bus it resembled a junk room more than an office. We waited and waited and by the time it got to 10 a.m. there was still no sign of the ferry arriving, let alone being ready to leave. In the meantime I had been idly reading a notice on the wall which confirmed that services would be running normally on 21st April - that is, today even though this was a national holiday. This rang a vague bell - remember thinking that this would not be a good day to travel! The ferry arrived shortly after 10 but ... read more
Rua da Praia, Abraão, Ilha Grande
Travessia de Bourginvilla, Abraão
Leaving Ilha Grande

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande April 20th 2016

Was surprised how calm I felt this.morning: no losing things and getting flustered then realised it was because I wasn't hot!  Got to the boat much too early and retreated to the shade on the quay, keeping a careful watch for when the first passengers went on board. Was going to the so-called 'second most beautiful beach in Brazil', Lopes Mendes.  The boat was a nice looking schooner without sails, obviously, and there were less than 20 of us onboard. As usual thus included several young women who were wearing the scantiest of bikinis, particularly the bottom half. There was a woman lying down on her tummy in front of me and if I hadn't seen her standing up would have sworn she wasn't wearing anything from the waist down at all. Now I understand the ... read more
Lopes Mendes beach
Lopes Mendes beach
The beach that the boat dropped us off at.

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande June 7th 2015

The journey from Rio to Ilha Grande took seven hours, not three, from 10.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. It is only 130 km south of Rio, but this is Brazil! After a delayed start, stopping and starting to pick up passengers, we finally made it out of the city by midday. On the outskirts of Rio, the favelas (slums) are never-ending. We have seen plenty of slum districts before (and stayed close to a few) but we have never seen anything on the scale of Rio. It is not surprising that there have been massive demonstrations against the expense of hosting the Olympics: billions of dollars and it is doubtful whether the citizens of Rio will reap any benefit from the event. The bus stopped after about 80 km and the driver told everyone it was ... read more
Another room with a wonderful view!
Praia Julia
Praia Arbraao

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande February 12th 2015

We are in Florianoplis and want to head to Ilha Grande. There are no direct buses. We talk to several bus companies and compare schedules. We decide to go to Rio then catch a bus to Angra Dos Reis. The bus leaves at 12:30 pm and is due to arrive at 6:30 am, which gives us time to eat and catch the 8:00 am bus to Angra Dos Reis. Another option would have been to go to Sao Paulo then onto Angra Dos Reis. The Sao Palo bus would have gotten us to Ilha Grande later so we decide on Rio. This bus is full, your seats are assigned, you choose your seats when you buy your ticket. They give us a small bag of potato chips and a few pieces of candy and nothing to ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande August 18th 2014

nix mit sonne heute. leider. wir machen daher eine kleine bootstour um die halbe insel. in die blaue, die grüne und die seepferdchen lagune. leider ohne seepferdchen ;-(. es regnet zwar nicht, aber die sonne hält sich auch sehr gut versteckt unter einer dick verknoteten wolkendecke. aber der fahrtwind, das speedboat, die aussicht auf die wunderbar saftig grüne insel, die steilklippen und den gigantischen öltanker machen das wetter dann ohnehin zur nebensache. spätestens die knusprigen kalamari kringel zu mittag machen den tag ganz herrlich urlaubig. direkt am strand, die füße im sand, der wie brauner zucker aussieht und mit vollem squid-bauch leute schauen - wunderbar! für das weitreichende schnorchelprogramm ist dann niemand mehr so richtig in stimmung und daher geht es früher zurück, nach abrãao und den nebligen bergen. ich kann euch heute keine spannenden geschichten ... read more
Laguna verde
Sea view

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande August 17th 2014

es lacht die sonne schon des morgens und in diesem sinne werden gleich die wanderschuhe geschnürt um den schönsten der 106! insel eigenen strände, den praia lopes mendes, zu ergehen. gute sechs kilometer durch feucht schwülen dschungel und über glitschige wege gibt es zu überwinden. es ist nicht wirklich anstrengend und trotzdem kommen wir bald ins schwitzen. fast alleine wandern wir hier, es ist sehr idyllisch einsam mit hohen, saftig grünen bäumen, lianen, flüssen. vereinzelt zeigen sich kleine äffchen und flauschige eichkäzchen, im hintergrund rauscht das meer. wir gehen viel bergauf, viel bergab, über zwei gedehnte strände und dann endlich, nach gut zwei (und ein bissi) stunden, erreichen wir den vielgelobten lopes mendes. und: es war jeden schlammigen schritt wert! die lage ist atemberaubend! zwischen hohen bergen und großen steinen liegt pulvriger sand und dank des ... read more
on the way
still on the way
lopes mendes

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