Ilha Grande, the "big island" is along the southeastern Brazilian coast from
Rio de Janeiro,
about three hours on a bus followed by two hours on a boat. It is somewhat off the beaten track, perhaps due
to its remoteness, but it is a very beautiful tropical island with jungle, beaches, snakes and caiprinhas.
The main town, Abraao, has around two thousand inhabitants, and there are no cars on the island.
Ilha Grande was our first stop in Brazil outside of Rio, and we spent two nights in this sun-soaked
paradise. There are no roads on the island and very few offroad vehicles, so to get anywhere it's either
by boat or on foot. The island is about twenty miles long and ten miles wide, we walked back to
Abraao from Lopes Mendes beach, and were lucky to get back before nightfall as it took a lot longer
than we'd expected.