Ilha Grande and Paraty (Brazil)

Beaches, beaches and more beaches! A few days ago we all began the drive down the coast of Rio state and hopped on a boat across to Ilha Grande, which is this huge island around 1.5 hour off the coast, and looks like a scene straight out of Jurassic Park! The whole place looks like a postcard, and surprisingly there a a lot of people who actually live there (although everyone jokes that they are a little bit strange, kind of a like the Tasmania jokes mainland Australians make). Myself, Tiago and Kaarina embarked on a 2 hour hike from the main port through the forest to the secluded Lopes Mendes beach. There are dogs everywhere on the island, and 6 of them decided to walk with us the entire way to Lopes Mendes. We took a speed boat back to the mainland the following day, and I think I’m still recovering (I spent the entire journey thinking ‘ok, if the boat flips here and I survive the impact, I can swim to that island and…’ I’ll take the slow and steady fishing boat anyday!).

We spent a night in Paraty, and took a ‘walking tour’ of the historical town (which pretty much consisted of Carol reading out a pamphlet we got from the tourist centre while we walked around the streets). Very informative!

We all arrived in Campinas yesterday, after a 5 hour drive to São Paulo state, where Tiago’s apartment is. We went out for dinner at Tiago’s favourite pizza restaurant, so that Giovanni could check if it was up to Naples standards. Needless to say, it got two thumbs up from everyone. Soooo good! We’ve all decided that the next group trip will be to Italy, so that Giovanni can show us the best of Naples and surrounds. I’m prepping my stomach already.

Italian dinner in Campinas

Italian dinner in Campinas

Horse and cart in the streets of Paraty.

Horse and cart in the streets of Paraty.

An old church in the Paraty town centre, in the process of being rennovated.

An old church in the Paraty town centre, in the process of being rennovated.

The cobblestone streets of Paraty.

The bosslestone streets of Paraty.

The group waiting on the jetty for the speed boat back to the mainland.

The group waiting on the jetty for the speed boat back to the mainland.

One of the beaches on the bushwalk from Abraao to Lopes Mendes.

One of the beaches on the nushwalk from Abraao to Lopes Mendes.

Some of the dogs that followed us the entire 2 hour hike from Abraao to Lopes Mendes beach.

Some of the dogs that followed us the entire 2 hour hike from Abraao to Lopes Mendes beach.

Some of the houses on the beaches of the island.

Some of the houses on the beaches of the island.

One of the bays and beaches on the walk from Abraao to Lopes Mendes beach.

One of the bays and beaches on the walk from Abraao to Lopes Mendes beach.

A marooned barrel on Lopes Mendes beach, which has been decorated with mozaic tiling.

A marooned barrel on Lopes Mendes beach, which has been decorated with mozaic tiling.

The boat we took from the mainland over to Ilha Grande island.

The boat we took from the mainland over to Ilha Grande island.

The boat arriving at Abraao on Ilha Grande.

The boat arriving at Abraao on Ilha Grande.

Tiago and Karina on the bushwalk around Abraao.

Tiago and Karina on the bushwalk around Abraao.

The aqueduct providing water supply to the island. The structure has new piping in it and is still used today.

The aqueduct providing water supply to the island. The structure has new piping in it and is still used today.

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4 thoughts on “Ilha Grande and Paraty (Brazil)

  1. Hey Alicia

    Wonderful beaches & scenery

    Might have been gold in that barrel?

    September 7 is independance day for Brazil. Should be one big party!

    Are you going to Florianopolis?

    “its the best place to live in Brazil”

    Cheers
    Andrew

    • No not going there, in Bolivia now! Waiting at the airport to fly to Sucre. Bolivia is definitely different from Brazil (and not just the language). Interesting contrasts across this continent!

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