Ilha Grande Things to Do

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    Ruinas do Lazareto
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    Hiking

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    From Abra��o to Praia das palmas
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    If you don´t want to spend your days on a boat, to visit many of the beaches in Ilha grande you should be mentally prepared for lots of trekking.....there are many trails in the island, some very easy, others exaustive, but they are all worth the effort!!!
    One famous trail is the one from the beach of Abraão to the beach called Lopes Mendes...the terrain, just like many other paths there, is very irregular with lots of ups and downs, but with a privileged view from above...it´s difficult to get lost, there are many signs along the way...During the hike you´ll visit wonderfull beaches in the way, like Praia Brava, Praia das palmas, Praia do Pouso. It takes for about 3hours each way, and 7 km.
    There´s also the trek from Abraão to Dois Rios, 7 km each way in an old road, and the path from Abraão to Pico do Papagaio, an ascent to a peak 980meters high, which is known to be a bit tiring but with a spectacular view...and if you are not tired...there are others!!! many others!!! =)
    So, prepare your boots!!!!

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    Vila do Abraão...walking along the shore

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    On the shore

    The bay in Abraão is very peaceful, the water is really clean, if you are not interesting on hiking that day you can spend time on the beach of Abraão without a problem, and the view of the boats constantly floating near the shore is romantic....hohohoh
    A good way to relax is walking along the beach at the end of the afternoon...watching the boats, at your front you´ll have the splendid sea, and behind, the little village below the mountains and Pico do Papagaio (=Parrot´s Peak), a peak that has the exact form of a parrot.

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    Vila do Abraão

    by perfectly_zen Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Inside the village
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    This is the main village in the island, where most of the boats arrive...it´s small, simple, but very oganized and it has everything: little markets, bakeries, police, cybercafes, mail, churches, pubs and restaurants scattered all over and of course, lots of lodging sites, including camping....
    From the village you will find many travel agencies offering guidance and boat tours....there is also a map in the main square, showing the trekking sites and the alternative paths.....
    If you don´t want to stay in Abraão, there is Provetá, a village located on the other side of the island...

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    Lopez Mendes

    by anabelsousa Updated Jan 21, 2005
    Lopez Mendes

    You can go there walking or by boat. Or if you want you can go by walk and return by boat ( pay attention, because there are another spots you cannot make only one way by boat...)
    In Lopez Mendez you will find a vast beautiful beach and good waves for surfers.

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    Sea Kayaking

    by Steveao Written Jun 29, 2004

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    kayaking close to Bananal in Ilha Grande

    Ilha Grande is one of the few places on earth that disallows cars. There are no paved roads, only hiking trails, beaches, and wide-open sea. Sea Kayaking is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with Ilha Grande and meditate against the backdrop of its beautiful, uplifting sights and sounds. It is also an amazing workout for the upper body working the triceps, biceps, chest, forearms, abdomen

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    Lagoa Verde &/or Lagoa Azul

    by dharmabum222 Updated Mar 31, 2004

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    lagoa verde no matter how azul it looks

    If you are a swimmer, the water in these locations is heavenly! The snorkeling is admittedly not great, but you can jump off of the side of one of the tour boats and see some little yellow fish or a starfish and then float...

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    Spot a monkey

    by dharmabum222 Written Mar 5, 2004

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    the common marmoset

    While walking the rainforests of Ilha Grande, it is entirely possible to see one of the many species of monkey that make the island their home. Tamarins and Marmoset are in the monkey family and are only found in Brazil. They can be seen easily if you walk quietly through the rainforest with wide eyes. I had the opportunity to see them twice and had no idea what a rare gift it was until I came home and did some research. Most of these little guys are on the endangered species list and at present are only found in Southern Brazil.

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    Japariz

    by dharmabum222 Written Mar 2, 2004

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    Japariz is the little beach that many of the tour boats will take you to as a starting point for the hike to Lopes Mendes. It is a shame that most people fly through, buying a bottle of water for their trip at the little bar on the beach because it is a sweet little yellow sand beach with palm trees and a little straw bar that is open in the early morning and serves caipirinhas all day.

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    The white horse

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 11, 2003

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    This is not a must see activity, but it's something that I kept on my mind. When you get off the ferry, the first thing you'll see is a white horse on a small square right on your left hand side. It's there. It doesn't move, but it's alive. And I saw it everyday. Don't know to whom it belongs, but that's it's parking space. I saw it, and some friends that went last year saw it too. So if you ever go to Ilha Grande, and see the white horse, please write back!!!

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    Lagoa Azul

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 11, 2003

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    Lagoa Azul

    To get to this beach, you've got to get on a tour, or ask a local man to take you. I'd recommend the tours, which stop on the beaches on the way, so you can have a nice swim.
    Lagoa Azul is not actually a lagoon. Is just a very deep beach, that takes an intense blue/green color, that makes pictures look their best. It's an amazing place to have a swim.

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    Lopes Mendes

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 11, 2003

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    Lopes Mendes

    I've seen lots of beautiful beaches on my trips. But Lopes Mendes, is definately my favorite. It's an amazing beach, 7 km long, with absolutely nothing. It's a virgin island with nothing else than you and maybe some other 10 persons. The water is magnificent, clear and warm. The sand is like flour, white and soft. If you go in the water you'll be able to see colorful fish around you. It's a must.
    Now, there are 2 ways to get to this beach: by foot or by boat. I'd recommend going by foot, but it's a 3 hour walk. The hike itself is quite beautiful, as you'll pass different hills where you get an amazing view of the island. You'll see different beaches and you'll pass through a jungle. Then, the price it's at the end: the beautiful beach. I'd recommend going early, so you can relax all day long. There's no water or eating places at the beach, so bring what you'll need.
    If you go by boat, you can rent it at the town. They're very cheap. What we did, and what I'd recommend, is that we talked to a boatman, told him to pick us up at a certain time at the beach (not exactly Lopes Mendes, but one very close, 10 minutes away), and we walked TO Lopes Mendes, but then we came back by boat.

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  • going back home from the island

    by randychiara Written Oct 27, 2003

    while u are on the schooner and u ejoy music and caipirinhas, you also see loads of small beautiful paradise-like islands and u feel like u wanna jump out of the schooner and swin to one of those islets

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    " PARNAIOCA " BEACH

    by janaina Written Sep 23, 2002

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    The beautiful Parnaioca beach was once the most inhabitated village in all the island,today it's a very isolated place!
    This beach is geographically situaed to the Atlantic,its beach is very violent,very deep.
    You can find here some ruins of churches built by the african slaves,and the river,with the same name is a beauty itself!
    Here's also a site where the poluiting tourists love to leave their traces behind during weekends/holidays!

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    " DOIS RIOS " VILLAGE ,THE DARK POLITICAL TIME

    by janaina Written Sep 23, 2002

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    In this beautiful corner of Ilha,was located the " CANDIDO MENDES " prison for political prisoners,till 1993,when finally its ugly walls were destroyed.
    Nowadays,it's a research center administrated by the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro ( UFRJ ).
    Today,only few families live here,and they serve meals in their houses for the visitors.
    The name " DOIS RIOS "( 2 rivers ),comes from the fact a river crosses the 2 sides of this beach.
    The clean water has a light/blue collor.
    Visitations are permited till 5pm.

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    PARROTS PEAK

    by janaina Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The second highest point in Ilha ( 990m).
    We climbed the peak,and it took 3 hours!!
    You can see many faces in it:from Abraao beach,it looks as a parrot,from closer,maybe a rat,a dog,an elephant (imagination runs - maybe influence of height?!)
    The view of the island from there...see yourself!!
    Many fires happened here,destroying sometimes a big part of the Papagaio nature reserve!!

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