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A Little Piece of Paradise

An unspoilt island of lush landscapes, pristine beaches and turquoise seas, Ilha Grande sits in the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west of Rio de Janeiro. Popular for hiking, its interior is mainly mountainous and covered in rainforest that is home to endangered species including the maned sloth and brown howler monkey. Offshore, whales and penguins can be seen and exotic fish swim in coral reefs.

The majority of the island is a designated state park, which also means that no cars are allowed, so practically all Ilha Grande hotels are by the beach. Well, we say ‘hotels’, but most of the accommodation is actually in pousadas (or guest houses).

The majority of these are in the largest town Vila do Abraão, beautifully located in a bay protected by green headlands either side. Found here are the state park visitor centre and a small harbour - the arrival point for ferries from Angra dos Reis and Mangaratiba on the mainland of Brazil.

Other Ilha Grande pousadas are located by the stunning Araçatiba, Manguaraquissaba and Matariz beaches on the west of the island. On the northern coast the tranquil beaches of Camiranga, Pouso and Praia das Palmas also have Ilha Grande accommodation surrounded by greenery.

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