Ilha Grande Experience

4 days

from £369

Trip Highlights

  • Spend time in idyllic Ilha Grande!
  • Swim and snorkel off Lopez Mendez beach!
  • Explore the scenic Blue Lagoon
  • Travel independently for freedom and flexibility!

Trip Summary

Find your freedom with this independent travel trip to Ilha Grande! You’ll be spending 4 days in idyllic Ilha Grande, one of Brazil’s most beautiful islands. There’s no group or tour guide on this trip, we’ve made it all as fuss free as possible and have sorted your accommodation, in-country transfers, and a few exhilarating excursions to get stuck into!

You’ll kick things off in Rio before transferring to Ilha Grande where you’ll discover the picturesque Lopez Mendez beach and go on a boat tour of the Blue Lagoon! You’ll also be visiting Santana Church for a glimpse of Ilha Grande’s fascinating history, and you’ll have a chance to take to the sea and get up close and personal with the island’s marine life! This trip is perfect for fun and flexibility!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Rio to Ilha Grande

We recommend you arrive the day before. We can help arrange your pre-tour accommodation.

Today on day 1, you’ll be heading over to idyllic Ilha Grande! You’ll be picked up from Rio between 10:30am and 11:30am to make the journey to Conceicao de Jacarei where you’ll board the boat to Ilha Grande! We’ll drop you off near the hostel, which is just a short walk away from the town of Abraao. You’ll be stunned as soon as we arrive into Ilha Grande – it’s an amazing island featuring clear waters and a beautiful jungle landscape – simply paradise!

Day 2: Boating and Beaches!

Get ready to experience Lopes Mendes beach today, home to stretches of white sand and azure waters. We’ll kick things off at Abraao Pier, where you’ll board the boat for a 50 minute ride. Be sure to sit back, relax, and enjoy those serene views! You’ll then go on an easy walk to Lopes Mendes beach through the Atlantic Forest where you’ll marvel at the lush tropical terrain. Once you’ve arrived, the beach is your playground! Relax and top up your tan or take to the shores for some swimming and snorkelling. After 3 hours of beachside bliss we’ll head back to Pouso pier to make the journey back to Abraao.

Day 3: Marine Life and Blue Lagoon

Today you’ll discover the stunning Blue Lagoon and get up close and personal with Ilha Grande’s marine life! We’ll depart at around 10:30am, stopping en route to explore the shallows of the lagoon. Be sure to look out for the exotic fish who’ll feed directly from your hand! We’ll then continue, stopping at Praia da Freguesia de Santana where you’ll see two stunning beaches. You’ll also be able to check out the Santana Church, a charming site, and Ilha Grande’s oldest church! Once you’re back on the boat you’ll visit Praia de Japariz, a breath-taking golden beach where you’ll stop for a tasty lunch before your tour finishes at around 4pm.

Day 4: Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro

Say goodbye to the stunning island of Ilha Grande today! You’ll be making your way back to Rio, and you’ll be able to leave from the pier next to the hostel, or from the pier in town. You’ll be taken to Conceicao de Jacarei by our boat, where you can board the van back to Rio. You’ll be dropped off between 5pm and 5:30pm, ready to head back home or embark on further globetrotting adventures!

Please note:That you will be unable to find any banks or cash machines in Ilha Grande. Before you depart please ensure that you are carrying enough cash, as it will not be possible to stop the driver en route.

 

Accommodation & Meals

During your itinerary, all accommodation is included. You’ll be staying in a central, comfortable hostel that is the perfect base from which to explore Ilha Grande! Please note single, double and twin upgrades are available subject to availability and at an extra cost.

You’ll have breakfasts included, and during your free time you’ll have the chance to sample Brazil’s best cuisine! We’ve listed some recommendations below:

  • Barreado - meats and spices cooked in a clay pot for 24 hours and served with banana and farofa
  • Carangueijada - cooked crab, whole
  • Caruru - food brought from Africa to Brazil, made with ladies fingers (okra), onions, shrimp, peppers and oil
  • Cozido - stew with potatoes, carrots and vegetables
  • Doorado - freshwater fish
  • Feijoada - national dish of meat stew with rice and a bowl of beans
  • Xinxim de Galinha - chicken flavoured with garlic, salt and lemon

Internet

While we cannot guarantee internet access at your accommodation, there will be internet cafes available in larger cities offering affordable internet service.

Telephone

The international dialling code for Brazil is +55, The international dialling code for Brazil is +55, so be sure to let your friends and relatives know the dialling codes so that they know how to get in touch!

To dial a UK number from abroad you’ll simply need to type +44 before the number.

Laundry

We recommend that you use local laundry services that are likely to charge by the kilo. We suggest that you bring travel wash or biodegradable soap with you in case you’d like to do your own laundry. 

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18. There is no maximum age.

1. What Is An Independent Tour?

An independent tour is a tour with no guide or group. You’ll be travelling independently, but to make your trip as fuss-free as possible we’ve arranged your accommodation and in-country transfers, and included some amazing activities to get stuck into during your time in Ilha Grande! Taking an independent tour means that you’ll have plenty of freedom to tailor-make your experience, but you’ll have the essentials taken care of! There will be plenty of opportunities to meet other travellers throughout your trip.

2. What Can I Do In My Free Time?

Ilha Grande is a great destination with plenty to do! Spend leisurely days topping up your tan on the pristine beaches, trek through the jungle terrain or relax with a drink by the beach! Ilha Grande is the perfect destination from which to experience Brazilian beachside bliss!

Whats Included

  • Accommodation
  • Boat and Land Transfers from Rio to Ilha Grande
  • Lopes Mendes Day Excursion
  • Blue Lagoon Day Excursion
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tour guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Snorkelling equipment except on some tour days

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