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Ilha Grande...

Two bottles of suncream and a bottle of insect repellent down!

sunny 36 °C
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So leaving Rio was easier than geting into i... although our pre booked taxi never arrived, although a local one gave us a hairraising ride through all the favelas!
Arrived in Ilha Grande, one bus and boat later to find a beautiful little village nestled between the sea, beach and jungley mountains! Our first Pousada was really pretty and we spent the rest of the day exploring the village and beach only to then fall asleep throughout the afternoon and evening after a giant lunch of beans rice and fish! to then be rudely awakened by a tropical storm and a heard of local frogs! Chez thought it would be a good idea to try our kags in bags out by taking a very wet walk to the beach to watch the lightening around the bay..... Kags in bags are not waterproof!!!!

The next few days were spent truley relaxing on the nearby beaches, holding giant starfish and playing with the local stray dog population! whilst sampling the delights of Caiphiranas in the evenings..... due to some over indulgence we wont be having Caiphiranas for a very long time!!!!!!!

We took a boat trip to do some snorkling see some other beaches and spy on Ronaldo´s house!

Our second to last day we planned to hire a kayak and row to a waterfall....due to our near death experience within 2 minutes of getting in the water with all the big boats, we decided a different route might be in order first...! We kayaked to a couple of local beaches stopping along the way for pitstops then headed back towards the main port and realised that reaching the waterfall was no longer in our grasp. So we decided to give it back, with the help of 2 local children....4 hrs of kayaking against wind and waves with ever developing sunburn was rewarded with a huge bowl of ferrio roche ice cream!!!! After a tiring day, the seafood bbq we had for dinner was AMAZING!

Our last day = Chez´s 23rd Birthday! Celebrated in style waking up to balloons, a stack of cards, a few presensts and an amazing tropical breakfast! The guy who owned our Pousada even left a bottle of not nice tasting champagne! We went to Lopez Mendez one of Brazil´s top 5 beaches.... It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!! frolocked in the surf and played long jump and wrote messages in the sand. A perfect day in the sun topped off with a monkey encounter, huge plate of calamari and giant bottles of beer (not Caiphiranas!) for dinner!

So in Ilha Grande we learnt they dont put mixers in Caiphiranas, Kayaks plus big boats is dangerous, factor 30 suncream is not strong enough and the star fish are massive..... onto Paraty we head

Lots of love from 2 now very tanned travelers :-)

Posted by gemchez 12:34 Archived in Brazil Tagged backpacking

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