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On this page you can find some photos from Ilha Grande, a small island situated about 4 hours travel south of Rio de Janeiro. This tropical island, with about 3000 inhabitants, has a unique mix of emerald hills, white beaches and a relaxed atmosphere.

We stayed for 7 days in the city Vila do Abraao, in a pousada called Bahiana's House. This house was operated by Josef, a local businessman we were told about from some other Norwegians before we arrived on the island with a boat from Angra dos Reis on the mainland. The pousada had three nice hammocks, and although the standard was basic, it was very cheap, and more than OK for a shorter period.

Vila do Abraao, the main square

 

 

   
 

On our way to Ilha Grande

Pousada Bahiana's House

 

Vila do Abraao

Main port on Vila do Abraao

     
 

Boat trip to Praia Lopes Mendes

On the way toward Praia Lopes Mendes

 

Praia Lopes Mendes, claimed to be one of the best beaches in Brazil

Elected by The Guardian in 2009, as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches of Brazil. Lopes Mendes beach is 3 km of very clear and thin sand and crystalline clean waters

 

 

 

Local fishermens

 

Morning coffee

 

Snorkeling (and caipirinha) trip with the Black Pearl !

Josef, our excellent host

 

The local booze

And the booze-maker. Make me another caipirinha, thank you !

 

Shrimp barbeque

Seafood delight !

 

The british girls are getting drunk ..

The local police ..

 

Ilha Grande

Cacti

 

A green island

Palm trees

 

A small creek near Vila do Abraao

Yucca or Astelia?

 

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

 

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Most likely South American Tern (Sterna hirundinacea)

 

Tawny-striped Longwing (Heliconius ethilla)

Sara Longwing (Heliconius sara)

 

Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)

 

Josef warned us about the toxic land snails on Ilha Grande. I assume this is the invasive African Land snail (Achatina fulica)

 

 

 

 

 

A few bird species observed on Ilha Grande:

Greater Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Grey-cowled Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)

Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Masked Water-tyrant (Fluvicola nengeta)

Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea)

South American Tern (Sterna hirundinacea)

Glittering-bellied Emerald (Chlorostilbon lucidus), not 100% sure, very poor photo

Greyish Mourner (Rhytipterna simplex), possible, very poor photo