Exploration

Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
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Trip End Aug 13, 2010


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We woke up early to make the most of our time on this beautiful Island. We left our hostel and walked towards the beach where we found the National Park which we walked around. We saw squirrel monkeys, beautiful waterfalls, natural pools, ruins and beaches.

The beaches we saw were so beautiful. Especially the beach with black sand grains! Also the rock formations on one of the beaches made for an incredible picture- they look like big, polished pebbles!  We suddenly came across a waterfall in which we could climb closer too- up and over a couple of massive rocks, and boom, a natural pool. It was amazing, surrounded by the jungle with trees looping over us as we jumped into the pool and made away over the rocks in the water!

The ruins were pretty impressive and from a long, long time ago. What looked like the ruins of an old train track. Ilha Grande used to be used just as a Prison, and so we also walked past some underground prisons which were pretty haunting to look into! We also found this massive, and I mean massive, 3 double decker buses high clay rock in the middle of the Jungle. It was so smooth and rounded, and we challenged ourselves to climb it like spiderman, we literally had to run up it using our hands and feet. The view from the top was jaw-dropping incredible. It was like we were part of the rainforest, we were surrounded from all angles by wildlife and different types of trees- incredible! We spent a while up there taking photos and chilling, looking out into the Jungle.
 
After our morning of exploring- literally felt like Dora the Explorer, we managed to charm our way into spending sometime at this Spa. The weather wasn't perfect and so we all went to the supermarkets to buy some chicken, burgers, sausages, drinks, crisps, ver, the lot! This Spa had a gorgeous and massive BBQ area which we were able to use, and Sebastian insisted on making the BBQ which was so cute and his cooking was amazing! So we chilled out by the tables, occasionally helping Sebastian when he would let us, whilst chilling to music. Aisling and I decided to give the swimming pool a go but the water was freeeeeeeezing! Like the typical pools in Spain which look gorgeous but once you touch the freezing water you immediately change your mind. 

However, we braved it, went for a quick dip. Our plan was to run into the steam room straight after to warm us up. We did just this, but when we entered the steam room to let out a sigh of relief, this sigh turned into a scream of panic as we realised it wasn't even turned on!! So we had to sit there for ages, as we refused to go back into the cold, and the hotel managers came and turned it on and sprayed the menthol spray as we just sat there. Eventually it started steaming up properly which was great! We then joined the others back at the hostel to catch the end of Bruce Almighty.

I then went on a walk with Aisling, Stefan and Sebastian around the town, visiting all of the little shops where I bought 2 bracelets. We bumped into the Swedes at a restaurant, and so sat down with them for what we thought would just be a drink, but then we ended up eating their left over rice and chips! Lucky for us!

We had originally planned to go to the Salgados cafe for some dinner a bit later but Aisling took the leap we'd both been eyeing up and ordered some chips. Once it arrived we realised there was no chance of us ever setting foot in the Salfados cafe. The portion of chips was HUGE. The Machu Pichu of chips, seriously massive! Unbelievable, it could have easily have been shared out amongst 5 people, so she begged me to have some, and I ended up going halves with her and we were absolutely stuffed!
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