Can anyone advise me about Ilha Grande? Is it very very touristy? Is it very expensive? Can we get reasonable accommodation for 2 women, own room and bathroom, on a budget?
We will be in Rio at the end of our 6 week trip of Sth America and would like to spend 5 days somewhere resting up before heading home and back to work! Can anyone recommend anywhere else for this purpose?
I think that Ilha grande would be an excellent place for you to rest.
It is not very touristic - has tourist of course but also brazilians
go there to relax. It is also not very expensive, you should be able to get a double room in a pousada for about 70 reais or even less
depending on the comfort you want. This is if outside the holiday
months of jan./feb - in the holdiday season you pay some 40-50% extra.
Other places to relax close to Rio are: Itatiaia, Buzio, Paraty but
honestly I think you will be very happy with Ilha Grande. By the
way the Island has no roads at all, so transport is by boat or walking.
Thanks- You convinced us, we are definitely going there now! It sounds wonderful and not too expensive. Please let me know of any accommodation you can recommend too. About 70 reais sounds ok, I think thats about AUS$45- if thats per romm and not per person?
THanks for your help!
My wife and I did Ilha Grande back in early Feb 2005 during Carnavale when prices were more thau usual.
I had thought of Buzios or Parati but settled on Ilha Grande after help from a Brazilian member in here.
We spent 3 nights at Aquario Pousada Hostel which is about a 5-10 minute walk along the main beach of Abraao, the only real settlement on the island.
Great hostel, great island and the forest walks are lovely.
We did have some rain but that didn't dampen out enjoyment.
Took bus from Rio to Angra dos Reis then ferry to Ilha Grande.
Can't remember how much we paid for a double room, but I think it's in Travellerspoint under the accomodation tag.
I have pics of Ilha Grande on my profile if you want to see what it's like.
If you want a hostal it is a nice option http://www.holandeshostel.com.br/ it is about US$ 10,00 per person. It is a place to replax but is just 15 min walking from the beach.
have a nice stay.