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Ilha Grande (Big Island) is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, and part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis. The island is largely undeveloped and noted for its scenic beauty, which includes tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and a rugged landscape. The land area is 193 km² and the highest point is Pico da Pedra D’Água, at 1031 m. It once held a notorious prison, now closed.

Ilha Grande recently received the title of the ‚Second Wonder of the State of Rio de Janeiro.‘ It has been recognized by Brazilian and foreign tourists alike as one of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations and is a place of exuberant nature!

Angra dos Reis is like Rio de Janeiro long before the urbanization. Here you will be surrounded by lush mountains and emerald bays, ideal for snorkeling and boat excursions. Get accommodated in a luxury resort or in a smaller hidden pousada along the green coast. Escape the urban life, relax and enjoy the tranquility of Angra dos Reis, a destination where only the sounds of the nature will follow you.

Mapa de Angra dos Reis e Ilha Grande RJ

Mapa de Angra dos Reis e Ilha Grande RJ

The numerous islands of the region are worth visiting and a large number of activities are offered also for those who prefer exploring the mountain sides covered by Atlantic rainforest vegetation. A holiday in Angra dos Reis combines comfort with nature and relaxation. Due to the easy access and well developed resort infrastructure it is also highly recommended for families. Angra dos Reis works perfectly also as a beach extension if you are visiting the city of Rio de Janeiro.

LOCATION: Angra dos Reis is located in the so called „green coast“, only about 150 km south of Rio de Janeiro. It’s pretty easy to reach either with a private or with a shared transfer. A regular bus service also connects Rio de Janeiro to the city of Angra do Reis which is the principal gateway to the beautiful beaches of Angra.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Angra dos Reis is an all year around destination. Coolest temperatures are recorded during June, July and August and a possibility for rainfall exists at any time of the year. However the summer months (December, January and February) tend to be the hottest and the most humid with occassional thunderstorms in evenings.

WHAT TO DO: Most of the attractions in Angra dos Reis are related with the nature. As a destination Angra dos Reis is a typical hideaway where you are supposed to relax on the beach or on board while sailing along the emerald coast. Most of the excursions offered in Angra take you to the hidden beaches and small islands of this beautiful archipelago. The crystaline waters are ideal for both snorkeling and diving. If you are into more active sports try out the eco-tourism adventures, such as trekking, rafting, canoying or rappeling.

Mapa Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is one of the most pristine remnants of Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest, one of the richest ecosystems in the world, and a hotspot for biodiversity and conservation. It holds some of the largest remaining populations of many endangered species, including the red-ruffed fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus), the brown howler monkey (Alouatta fusca), the maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus) the red-browed Amazon parrot (Amazona rhodocorytha), and the broad-snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris). The seas around the island, which are also protected, feature a unique convergence of tropical, subtropical, and temperate-zone marine life, and may be the only waters in the world where it is possible to see corals and tropical fish along with Magellanic penguins and Southern right whales.

The entire island is a protected area, with most of its territory included in Ilha Grande State Park, and the rest subject to stringent development restrictions. Small-scale ecotourism, however, is encouraged, and the island, which is roadless and off-limits to cars, features over 150 km of hiking trails connecting the handful of coastal villages and hamlets, where lodging is available, to one another and to the many beaches, mountain peaks, waterfalls, and pristine forests.

The largest village on the island is called Vila do Abraão, with 1900 inhabitants. Most of the visitor facilities and the park headquarters are located there. The village can be reached from the mainland by local ferries and fast catamarans.

See video about Ilha Grande (portuguese)

See video about the beaches in Ilha Grande (portuguese)

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