Ilha Grande is one day tour in Rio that you cannot miss. It is one of the top activities in Rio de Janeiro that combines its best elements: beautiful beaches, dense jungle, island music, and great vibes. On a beautiful sunny day in January, I embarked on this magical tour with my two best friends. We were picked up at our hostel early in the morning by our lovely host, who spoke great English, as well as fluent Spanish and Portuguese. The amazing views on the way of the city definitely compensated for the long bus ride, and gave us time to really see the city and its surroundings. As we got off the bus, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the colorful port of Angra dos Reis. In the past, Angra dos Reis was one of the most important ports on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Native ships loaded with goods from across the world used to dock at this port. Today you can still see its fishing boats and the colorful houses that decorate the hills of this port.

Angra dos Reis Angra dos Reis / source
We sailed past the beautiful islands and beaches of Angra Dos Reis and Ilha Grande, giving us an amazing day full of sensational natural tropical views: natural Serra do Mar valleys, the vibrant Atlantic rainforest, the turquoise waters, and the soft sandy beaches. Along the way we stopped at the peaceful islands of Ilha Grande, where we enjoyed this amazing tropical paradise by swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, exploring the soft sandy shores, and simply lying back and soaking up the warm sun.

Angra dos reis. Angra dos reis. / source

On the relaxing ride back we were offered delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, coupled with the latest Brazilian tunes, leaving us satisfied before beginning the journey back to Rio de Janeiro.

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