The Traveler’s Guide to Ilha Grande

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Brazil Top Spot to Relax

When most people think of Brazil, their very first thoughts are of football, samba music and insane partying, and quite honestly, they would be right. Considered one of the hottest tourist spots in the world, Brazil has hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

But where should the people, seeking a little space and isolation go, while in Brazil? The answer is the island of Ilha Grande.

 

This little nugget of an island is located in the district known as Angra dos Reis almost 100 miles south of the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.Ilha Grande is most notably famous for its numeral natural beauties, namely its 56 natural waterfalls, 106 golden beaches, and a myriad of caves and rivers. What makes Ilha Grande even more special is the fact that it is one of the largest reserves of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, which is quite the feat, since barely 5% of the original Rainforest remains today. It is also home to some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world like Red Browed Amazon parrot, the Brown Howler Monkey Southern Right Whales and also a wide range of tropical fish. As a result of this, the Brazilian government is very serious and strict about protecting the delicate balance of all the ecosystems on the ilha Grande Island.

Up until 1994, the island was closed off because it was a high security prison which held some of the most dangerous Brazilian prisoners, and before that, it was the location for a leper colony. As a result of this, it still remains largely underdeveloped and much of its natural settings remain untouched.

Mostly, all of the hotels and other tourist locations are limited to a particular village called Vila do Abraão, whch can be reached by either catamarans or local ferries, which you can hire. Most of the buildings in Vila do Abraao are huddled together underneath the canopy of tall evergreen trees of the Bico do Papagaio, also known as the Parrot’s Peak. What makes this island perfect for visitors is that it offers peace and tranquility like no other since it is disconnected from the rest of the world. There are no proper roads here, no cars and even no ATMs. Thus, you can guess that the air here remains fresh and unpolluted and so does everything else like the drinking water. There are some really popular resorts here like the Estrela da Ilha, the Sagu Mini Resort and the PousadaNaturalia, all of which are located in the lap of nature.

 

While here, you can take to the hundreds of hiking trails that are scattered all over the island, enjoy the sunsets and the sunrises from one of the beautiful beaches, try the local moqueca fish stew dish, pamper yourself with some spa services, try your hand at some water activities like swimming and snorkeling, do a little bit of sightseeing and so on. The possibilities are absolutely endless!

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