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Ilha Grande is an island off the coast of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro and is a popular place to enjoy both lush Atlantic rainforests as well as tropical beaches. The island is know for its rich biodiversity and therefore the entire island is a protected area, with most of its territory included in Ilha Grande State Park, and the rest subject to stringent development restrictions. It was home to a notorious prison, which is closed now.
Ilha Grande is part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis. The land area is 193 square kilometres and the highest point is Pico da Pedra D'Água, at 1,031 metres above sea level. Beaches, hills and mountains, lush rainforests, waterfalls and rich surrouding waters are all part of the Ilha Grande experience.
Apart from relaxing in a hammock at your accommodation or at a beach, the island has around 150 kilometres of hiking trails between the villages and across the rainforest. There is wide range of animals, some of which you might spot during hiking, including endangered ones like the brown howler monkey, the red-browed Amazon parrot and the maned sloth. There are numerous bird species, lizards and of course the ubiquitous insects so bring repellent.
Ilha Grande is one out of 365 islands of the Angra dos Reis region so a great thing to do would be to rent a boat to explore the nearby islands where you might discover some hidden gems and some truly off the beaten track places. You can either rent a boat, or negotiate to get on one with a local from Isla Grande or from the town of Angra.
More information about events and festivals on Ilha Grande can be found at the city's website.
The island has a tropical climate with slightly more variation throughout the year compared to places closer to the equator. Summers are from October to April with high temperatures and sometimes heavy showers. Humidity can feel oppressive during these months. May to September is better with somewhat lower but agreeable temperatures and less rain.
Barcas leaves from Mangaratiba (1.45 hours) and Angra dos Reis (1.5 hours) (both reached by bus from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) to Vila Abrao on Ilha Grande. Boats leave the mainland around 8:00am and return during the late afternoon. There is one extra boat on Friday evening.
There are also private fishermen's boats which regularly make the trip from Angra dos Reis. Daytrips from Rio de Janeiro are possible but are expensive and don't do justice to Ilha Grande as this island really deserves at least 2-3 days.
The island has no roads and thus no cars. Getting around is either by walking around or you might charter a boat.
|Aquario Pousada - Hostel||Praia da Julia Abraa||Hostel||84|
|Pousada Casablanca||Rua da Praia 719, Jardins Buganvile||Guesthouse||-|
|Che Lagarto hostel Ilha Grande||Praia de Abrão n/n (left side of the beach)||HOSTEL||-|
|HI Holandes||Rua da Assembleia 162 Vila do Abraão Ilha Grande||Hostel||86|
|Mata Virgem Hostel||Rua da Assembléia 155 - Vila do Abraão - Ilha Gran||Hostel||-|
|Overnativa Green Hostel||Rua Getulio Vargas 517 Ilha Grande Vila do Abrao Rio de Janeiro||HOSTEL||76|
|Pousada da Cachoeira||Vila do Abrao ,Rua do Bico 50 Angra||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Studio Beach Hostel||Rua Santana, nº 7 -ao lado da padaria||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Mar Azul||Rua da Praia, 30 - Abraao||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Biergarten Hostel||Av. Getulio Vargas 161, Vila do Abraao Ilha Grande-RJ||Hostel||88|
|Pousada Canto Verde||Rua Francino I. Nascimento, s/n||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Island Travel||Rua da Praia 653||Apartment||-|
|Pousada D' Pillel||Rua do Bicao, 51 Abraao||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Casa Verde||Rua das Flores, 150||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Bossa Nova||Rua Santana 145, Vila do Abraao||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pousada Mata Nativa||Rua das Flores 44 Vila do Abrao||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|El Misti Ilha Grande Hostel & Pousada||Hostel||-|
|El Misti Hostel Ilha Grande||Rua Alice Kury da Silva, 8 Vila do Abraao||HOSTEL||-|
|Mapa da Ilha Hostel||Rua das Flores,351||Hostel||-|
|Bambu Inn||Rua da Assembleia 250 Vila do Abraao||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Mãe Natureza||Rua da Assembléia nº88||Hostel||-|
|Pousada Aconchego Ilha||Rua Amancio Felicio de Souza , 14||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Aloha Suite||Rua do Bouganville s/n Vila do Abraão||APARTMENT||-|
|Che Lagarto Suites Ilha Grande||Rua Getulio Vargas, 718||HOSTEL||-|
|Mango Tree Ilha Grande||Rua Pedra D'Agua, Ilha Grande||HOSTEL||-|
|Pousada Armacao dos Anjos||Avenida Buganvile, 6 Abraao||GUESTHOUSE||-|
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