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Why is there a crab in our hostel?

3 days in Ilha Grande


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Because we're on an island jungle...

On Thursday, May 26th, we made our way from Paraty via local bus and ferry to arrive on Ilha Grande, Brazil. Ilha Grande is Brazil's third largest island and is known for its laid back vibe and gorgeous beaches. Unfortunately, the weather was largely overcast with showers while we were visiting, but we made the most of it by hiking and visiting the beaches despite the weather :)

During the first hour or so of being in our hostel we noticed a few girls taking pictures of something on the kitchen floor. My initial thought was "Oh my gosh, I hope it is not an outrageously large spider". Thankfully, it turned out to be a curious crab that decided the hostel life was for him as well.

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The next day we took a small boat to a secluded part of the island where we hiked to a spectacular beach called Lopes Mendes (consistently rated one of Brazil's best beaches). The beach sits within a cove and the surrounding hillsides are covered with a lush forest - making for a dramatic contrast. We navigated some steep rocks at the end of the beach and managed to get some cool pictures of crashing waves.

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For dinner, we hit up a "per kilo" restaurant, very common in Brazil. It's like a buffet, but your plate gets weighed after you make your choices and you pay per kilo. Jeff snickered when my plate was weighed; it was almost twice as heavy as his :)

Though it was a short trip to the island, we enjoyed it immensely. We are headed to Rio...I can already feel the beat of the samba drum...

Posted by geldere 18:36 Archived in Brazil

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