Ilha Grande is an island covered by tropical forest and fringed by beautiful beaches. There are no cars and no roads, just trails through the forest and a small village called Vila do Abraão (where we stayed for two nights). As we imagined the island is still relatively undeveloped due to the lack of roads, streets and accesses. Unfortunately there are a considerable amount of boats and cruises which makes Vila do Abraão full of tourists from all over the world.
To arrive in Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) we took a 20 minutes boat from Conceição de Jacareí (around 100km south from Rio de Janeiro). We left our car at one of the many parkings that surround the docks. Information about boat prices and schedules can be found here.
We stayed at Pousada Manaca, a French-Brazilian pousada right at the beach. The rooms are very simple but clean and well-located (except if you bring a suitcase because it's hard to carry it through the beach). Internet connection is also bad and it only works in the reception but it seems to be the "rule" and not the exception in all island.
Next day we took a boat to Pouso (a beach in other part of the island) because walking would take us 2 hours to go and 2 hours to come back. From Pouso we walked around 20 minutes through the forest and we arrived to Lopes Mendes beach, the favorite beach in Ilha Grande. We stayed at the beach for several hours trying to get some sun and rest. Some people were selling sandwiches, fries and drinks so we also had lunch there. Finally we just caught the boat again to Vila do Abraão and had dinner in the best seafood restaurant in the island: Lua & Mar.
Next stop: Paraty!