The tropical island of Ilha Grande features 80 miles of coastline and endless opportunities to explore. The small size of this island creates an intimate Brazil trip, granting access to pristine beaches, secluded grottos, and flawless kayaking. The emerald-green waters of Ilha Grande entice travelers, but it is the warm hospitality of Vila do Abraao, the island's largest town, which makes them feel at home during this trip to Brazil's famous Ilha Grande.
Explore the extensive trails linking the islands beaches
Take a two hour hike to the pristine white beach of Lopes Mendes Beach
Spend a free day as you like, taking advantage of an optional activity
Begin this Brazil tour to the island of Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro. Transfer by private vehicle to the coastal town of Conceicao de Jacarei and enjoy the views along the coast (3 hour drive). A boat will then take you to Vila de Abraao, Ilha Grande's largest town (1 hour boat cruise). Check in at Pousada Naturalia and spend the evening exploring the area on foot. Ilha Grande boasts zero cars or trucks on the island, and a majority of the island and its coast is a protected reserve with hiking trails and boat taxis connecting the various sites and beaches.
Join your guide for a two hour hike to Lopes Mendes beach, one of the most pristine white sand beaches of Brazil, stretching 3km and lined with palm and almond trees. Meander through the lush rainforest, home to abundant birdlife, until the white sand, hidden beach appears ahead of you. Enjoy lunch and free time to explore, swim, and visit the historic chapel. Walk to Praia do Mangues (Mangrove Beach), and return to Vila de Abraao by boat and cruise the coastline. Total hiking distance is approximately six miles (10 km), and the route can be adjusted based on travelers' preferences.
Enjoy a free day on Ilha Grande. This magnificent island features 81 miles (130 km) of coastline and has an abundance of stunning lagoons and rugged coastline. Relax on the beach or participate in optional activities. Opt for a boat ride around the island, snorkel in a the secluded grotto of Lagoa Azul or along a tropical reef, or explore the island's old prison (beautiful remote islands were seen as good locations for prisons). Participate in one of the multiple hiking tours to view the island from different perspectives, paddle along in a kayak to discover its 106 beaches, or try your luck at surfing along the coast. Whatever you choose, Ilha Grande will delight you with its natural beauty and secluded location. Your pousada can assist you to arrange day excursions, or we can help arrange these in advance to truly customize a trip for you.
Day 4: Depart Ilha Grande
Spend the morning in Vila de Abraao before transferring by boat and then private vehicle back to Rio de Janeiro for your departure to your next destination.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).