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BRAZIL | Monday, 11 February 2008 | Views [717] | Comments [3]

The most beautiful Island we have ever seen, Ilha Grande, is just off the coast of Brazil.  If any of you get the chance it´s one to visit (thank you for the recommendation Tom and Marie!).  In it´s past the island was the site of a hospital, looking after immigrants and the leprous, and then the hospital was transformed into a prison.  The shady past lead to very little construction on the Island and now only 3 small settlements are present and there are strict regulations on development. 

The main town has just a few dirt tracks and there are no vehicles, except of a small golf buggy that seems to be owned by the one official person on the Island; not sure if he´s police or not but he turns up at disputes in the street and occasionally scooches around on his buggy looking important!

During our few days we walked some of the trails through the rain forest, leading to the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen.  The trails were really muddy and keeping your footing in flip flops down hill on clay like mud is really hard!!  A few sore bottoms later..........

One of the beaches called ´Lopes Mendes´ is said to the most beautiful beach in Brazil and it was stunning.  A wide beach with the finest sand that crunched under your feet.  The beach stretches as far as you can see and has no development around it.  We chickened out on walking there (3 hours in the mud) and took a boat most of the way but still have a 30min trail to get there.  The sea had some brilliant waves which I tolerated and Nigel loved!!  Slightly reminiscent of a time when we were pelted by waves in Antigua!!!

Lots of delicious fish and masses of Acai (a dark purple berry that you eat pureed and is very good for you!!) with banana, grenola and honey (Mmmmmmmmmmm) later and we left for Sao Paulo to pick up a bus to the Iguazu Fall on the border with Argentina.

Tags: beaches & sunshine



This sounds like a really wonderfully engaging part of your adventure and you describe it very graphically, particularly the 'slip-slop' episode!

Much love,


  Mum Feb 19, 2008 2:48 AM


Really glad you guys made it there and enjoyed it as much as we did. As you say it is the closest thing to a paradise island I've ever been to and I'm very jealous :)

Loving the updates and photos by the way. Hope you trip keeps being as much fun as it sounds like it is at the moment.


  Tom Feb 19, 2008 3:36 AM


Hi Guys,
Phew you made it! Would have been such a shame if our miscommunication meant you missed out on (and I agree) the most beautiful island ever. Am fluctuating between being insanely jealous and so pleased you are loving it as much as we did. Can’t wait for the photos. It’s a good thing we’re off snowboarding on sat or it would be too much to bear. Looks like you’re having a fab time – keep the news coming! Love Marie

  Marie Feb 19, 2008 5:31 AM

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