Ilha Grande – Brazil

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Ilha Grande, which means Big Island, is an ecological vehicle-free paradise abandoned by its inhabitants long time ago, and has been little colonized since, which helped to maintain the island’s charming appeal, tropical scenery and beautiful almost untouched beaches. It is an ideal place to rest, but it also offers several activities such as: diving, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking.

Among all islands to the south of Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande Island has the best dive and snorkeling site, with clear water and rich aquatic fauna. Diving fans will be delighted with the wide variety of fish and the wreck area, where there are ships and a helicopter sunk. The best time to snorkel in Ilha Grande is from November through May, when the sea is calm with a comfortable temperature of 25º C and a visibility of 5 to 15 meters.

The island also has many hiking trails that lead to historic ruins, such as an aqueduct built in the last century and a former penal colony. The beauty of the local beach and simplicity of the residents attract many tourists, curious to visit the ruins and the history of the site, as well as the natural beauty of the place. Another option is hiking on the 3,221-foot heights of the Parrot’s Peak a mountain from where you can see the whole island, with wide 360-degree views.

CHOOSE YOUR HOTEL

 

ACTIVITIES:

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CAD 40.00 per person

This tour will guide you into the Bay of Abraham. The first stop is the State Park Visitor Center in the Island, Here showing you pictures and stories about the main attractions and a miniature model of the island. From the entry of the park you can already contemplate the beautiful panoramic view of the Abraham Bay, with many colorful boats. From there we will go to the Pocao, a pool with fresh water, where you can enjoy a refreshing whirlpool. During the ecological tour you will have the opportunity to see various species of flora and fauna on our way to the historical monument: Aqueduct. Built in 1893, 125m long, it has huge pillars made ​​of granite, sand and whale oil. The last historic site we will visit is the Lazaretto that was a place of quarantine for immigrants (1886-1908). In 1913 it was used as a prison for the first time, among other purposes. The tour ends with an energetic sea bath at Preta Beach. Enjoy a different feeling!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Effort: Easy
Capacity: Minimum 2 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen

Note: In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. Refunds of 100% in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price

Note: Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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 CAD 50.00 per person

The trail starts at the Atlantic Forest of Abraham with its beautiful fauna and flora, passing by a look out along the way, for a panoramic view of Abraham and Palms Bay. Our next stop is the wild, sexy and almost desert Lopes Mendes beach, with its mix of blue and green tones of crystal clear water, surrounded by almond and apricot vegetation. At this paradisiacal beach begins your snorkeling tour, where you will have the opportunity to see coral and multicolored tropical fish, turtles, among others marine species.

Return to the Abraham village by boat.

Duration: 7-10 hours

Effort: Medium (3-4 hours of hiking, snorkeling 1 hour)
Capacity: Minimum 4 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, pack lunch, trekking shoes, swimsuit, towel and sunscreen

Choose:
A – Round trip boat ride Abraão to/from Pouso + 90min round trip trek to/from Lopes Mendes Beach.
B – 3-4hr trek Abraão to Pouso to Lopes Mendes  + boat return to Abraão

NOTE:  In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. 100% Refund in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price.

Note: Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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CAD 40.00 to CAD 80.00 per person ( depending on destination and type of boat trip)

This tour will take you to the best diving spots of the island including: Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon, Long Beach, Isle of Jorge Grego, Castelhanos beach, among others. All those spots offer different views of great beauty and fascination, as the Cave of Acaiá, which is 19 feet deep and where, through a gap, a ray of sun crosses the cave to the bottom of the pit creating a spectacular view; and the Meros beach which has rich marine life and is frequented by turtles, groupers and big star-the-sea.

Duration: 5-8 hours

Effort: Easy-Medium
Capacity: Minimum 4 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, pack lunch, swimsuit, towel and sunscreen

 

 

This tour includes:

  • guide
  • snorkelling/scuba gear
  • boat ticket

Note:

– In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. 100% Refund in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price.

– Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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This is an interesting trek because it is fast, but with ascents and descents through the woods until your arrival at the spectacular Feiticeira waterfall, the most beautiful waterfall of the island at about 15 meters high, where we will stop for rappelling. Next we will head to the Feiticeira beach for snorkeling.

After lunch at the beach, we will return to Abraham village by boat.

Duration: 5-7 hours

Effort: Medium (2 hours of hiking + 45 min. snorkeling)
Capacity: Minimum 4 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, pack lunch, trekking shoes, swimming suit, towel and sunscreen

 

 

Prices & Choices:
A – Trek to waterfall (90 min.) + 45 min. snorkeling tour + boat return to Abraão CAD 40.00/per person
B – Trek to waterfall (90 min.) + trek to Saco do Céu (3 hrs) + boat return to Abraão CAD 50.00/per person
C – Round trip boat ride to/from Feiticeira Beach + trek to waterfall (30 min.) + 45-60min snorkeling tour + boat return to Abraão CAD 40.00/per person

Note: In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. 100% Refund in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price.

Choices include: Guide, snorkeling equipment, boat ticket
(*) Optional rappel: CAD 25.00/person extra

Note: Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

[/gn_spoiler] [gn_spoiler title=”BETWEEN WIND & WAVES – Kayaking, Diving (Snorkelling) ” open=”0″ style=”2″]

CAD 50.00 per person

On this tour you will enjoy the beautiful landscape of Abraham Bay coast, combined with the underwater experience. It starts with a canoeing or kayaking tour between the winds and waves of Abraham Bay, including 1 or 2 stops (of your choice) for diving and then, back to the beach, your guide will provide equipment for snorkeling.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Effort: Medium (2-3hrs kayaking + 45-90 min. snorkeling)
Capacity: Minimum 2 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, pack lunch, swimsuit, towel and sunscreen

 

 

Included:

  • guide
  • snorkelling gear
  • kayak

. (*) Canoe if available.

Note:

– In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. 100% Refund in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price.

– Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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Wonderful trails to choose from:

• Peak Parrot (T13): Parrot’s Peak: at 982 meters high, this hike is recommended for people with good hiking habits. From the top of Parrot peak; visitors enjoy the most beautiful scenery of Ilha Grande. On a clear day you can see Angra dos Reis city and, with luck, the Sugar Loaf of Rio de Janeiro.

• Two Rivers Beach (T14): This trail runs along the former path of the prison, from where you will be able to see: the Soldiers Pool, the ruins of the Prison and the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Order.

• Beach Caxadaço (T14 + T15): Without a doubt, this is the favored trail among hikers. On this trail the contact with the wild nature of Ilha Grande is the main attraction.

Duration:
– Trail 13 = 6h (Abraão-Parrot’s Peak, 8km round trip)
– Trail 14 = 5h (Abraão-Dois Rios, 16km round trip)
– Trail 14 + 15 = 7h (Abraão-Caxadaço, 20km round trip)
Effort: Difficult
Capacity: Minimum 2 people, maximum 10
Bring: Water, pack lunch, athletic shoes, bathing suit, sunscreen & bug spray

 

Price:

  • Trail 13: CAD 40.00/person (includes guide)
  • Trail 14: CAD 40.00/person (includes guide)
  • Trail 14 + 15: CAD 45.00/person (includes guide)

Note:

– In the case of rain, your reservation will carry over to the next day. 100% Refund in the case of more than one consecutive day of rain. Children under 12yrs old pay half price.

– Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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 Activities eco-cultural – CAD 10.00 per person

Forget the rain and make an alternative program! Come with us on a tour to learn about the tradition and simplicity! The style “caiçara” features by the simple way of living…

• Interact with the locals and get to know some sustainable practices, such as the reuse of processed oil into a soap.

• Listen to the “caiçaras” stories from a native writer: Neuseli Cardoso.

• Visit a typical natives houses.

• Learn or watch a Capoeira (a mix of martial arts, music and dance).

Duration: 2-3 hours

Effort: Easy (walk in the village of Abraão)
Capacity: Minimum 4 people
Bring: Rain gear and your rainy day smile!

Price: includes guide. We suggest a donation for the residents if you enjoyed your visit with them

 

Note: Prices may change during the national holidays, please click here to check the calendar

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Please note: Domestic and international flights can be arranged upon request

ABOUT ILHA GRANDE:

Close cities to visit: RIO DE JANEIRO+ ANGRA DOS REIS AND PARATI

Packages suggested: RIO DE JANEIRO+ILHA GRANDE

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