Kickin back on the Island

Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
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Trip End Feb 25, 2013


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Lagoa Azul, Lopez Mendes Beach

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

We opted in for the door-to-door transfer to the Island of Ilha Grande, not really in back-packer style but was fuss free!

Took around 5 hours to get to the island from Rio by bus and boat. A complete contrast from Rio, the island looked like something out of "lost" - minus the big plane crash. Plush green mountains, little boats moored up on the beach, no roads with just a couple of pedastrian streets it had a very caribbean-esque vibe about it!

Our hostel was located right on the water on the rocks, a nice view to wake up to so completely made up for the grotty rooms. Were starting to realise that ham and cheese sarnies is a staple Brazilian breakfast dish, and make up another one for our lunch and take it with us to the beach to save on the pennies. Great idea in theory, warm melted sandy sandwich in practice.

We were pretty lucky that all of our roomies were sound so we chilled with them for the few days that we were there. On our first day we took a boat trip around Monkey Island and Blue Lagoon and stopped off at various points for some snorkelling and kayaking around the smaller islands and had a big BBQ on the beach (whitnessed a chicken eating cooked chicken which was quite strange). The owner of the boat "Jeronimo" (Argentinian who couldnt speak a word of english) was a complete legend but equally crazy and the person driving the boat didnt have any boating experience, he was hired as he was a good cook and that he was (hes the guy in the photos cooking the BBQ on the beach). He was also accompanied by a rescue dog called "Pepa" who seemed to love boat life, bombing off the deck carefree into the sea before the boat even made it to shore (made us think of Benson!).

The next day we caught a water taxi across to Lopez Mendes rather than attempting the 3hr hike over the mountains - which was the other option to get there. As it turns out we had to do a 30min hike over the mountain anyway, which almost killed us in flip flops in the afternoon heat but it was well worth it.... stunning unspoiled beach, the sand was so fine and soft it actually squeeked when you walked on it and crystal blue waters.

By day four we were ready to get back to Rio, too much time on the island could send you a little do-lally and by this time we had been almost completely eaten alive by the insatiable island mosquitos. On the way back we got chatting to the captain of the boat and managed to hold down a good hour long conversation in portuguese which we were pretty pleased with ourselves for week one...a little spanish probably thrown in the mix at certain points! We even got a marriage proposal and an offer of a place to stay should we ever return.
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