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Ilha Grande, Brazil
Ilha Grande 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 entire island is a protected area, with most of its territory included in Ilha Grande State Park. It features over 150 km of hiking trails, connecting the handful of coastal villages and hamlets to each other and to the many beaches, mountain peaks, waterfalls, and pristine forests.
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.
The seas around the island, which are also protected, feature a unique convergence of tropical, subtropical, and temperate-zone marine life. They 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.
Things to see and do
* Lopes Mendes beach
* Sea Kayaking
* Wildlife and marine life watching
* Diving & Snorkeling
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Real (R$) (BRL)
Language – Portuguese
Population – 3,400,000 approx
Land Area – 193 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 55
Transport Links – Flights are available to and from international airport of Rio do Janeiro Galeao.
Buses are available from Rodoviara station in Rio to Angra Do Reis city, from where you can catch a ferry to or from Iiha Grande.