Brazils largest Island
26.11.2008 -5 °C
Have you ever watched the show Lost? If you have then you will know exactly what illha Grande looks like. It is just miles and miles of twisting shores and tropical rain forest. However, there are a couple simple hotels and bungalows to stay at on the island. I stayed at a very nice bungalow just a few feet from the shore. Ill get you the name of the place when I have a chance to look it up.
The boat ride to the island takes about an hour and a half. It looks really close but from a medium sized, single motor sailboat, it is a lifetime away. There are several bars on the island and one main club that hosts parties every Saturday.
I would only spend about 3 days on the island because you may run out of things to do. Unless of course the weather is perfect. You can never get bored of peaceful, shinny beaches. I took a two and a half hour walk through the rain forest to get to a beach called Lopes Mendes. After traveling along the island shores an encountering the same site one after another, Lopes Mendes is a relief to the eyes. Its beauty can be seen atop a rock several hundred feet away.
Walking to the beach can be rather strenuous. I hiked with my bare feet. I would not recommend this to anyone who is fragile or prone to accidents. My feet were sore for days. Shoes or sandals are suitable, but just be careful when climbing across those mossy rocks. Keep your eyes open along the trail for monkeys too. If you get close enough they will take the food right out of your hand. When you arrive at the beach you can play futbol with friends, purchase drinks and sandwiches or even rent a surf board. The surf there is great. If you prefer not to get your feet wet you can just sit back and observe some excellent surfers doing what they do best. It also your choice to rent a boat back for about 10 R a person or do the hike all over again.
When you are back in town you can always find some live music at the locals bars. Usually they will have an acoustic band play till 11 pm. After 11 the people start to make the music. Around 2 am you can watch Brazilians playing all sorts of instruments in perfect harmony to make great music. Everything from guitars and drums to salt shakers and hands are sufficient to participate.
My last suggestion for Illha Grande is to make some friends and rent a Caipirinha Boat. These guys will take you out along the cost where you can snorkel and dive off the boat. They will also provide you with some mouthwatering food and thirst quenching Caipirinihas. I think my boat had roughly 500 Caipirinihas. Its all you can drink. How great is that! It all cost about 60 R a person too! The more people you get, the cheaper it becomes. However, the private boat is the way to go because they really show you a great time.