Ilha Grande is a pristine tropical island located not far from Rio de Janeiro that possesses some of the richest rainforest in the world. A relatively untouched and remarkably peaceful place to visit, as there has been little concession made to tourism, the town of Vila do Abraão is the only significant population centre and is where most people stay during their visit. The town is a wonderful reminder of old Brazil. Although the majority of visitors to the island come to trek along the numerous marked trails in the beautiful rainforest, it is not solely the preserve of adventurists as the beaches are also amongst the most beautiful in South America. Lopes Mendes beach is regularly hailed as the best in Brazil.
This is a place to sip caipirinhas whilst soaking up the sun, dance to bossa nova with the locals and enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay, life doesn’t get much better than this. The island is also home to famous cuisine which is, naturally, seafood-based and is popular amongst many Brazilians due to its emphasis on stews and huge casseroles to be shared by a number of diners.
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