Ilha Grande is a small island located off the coast of mainland Brazil in Angra Dos Reis. Surrounded in tropical greenery and boasting picturesque sandy beaches, the third largest island in Rio de Janeiro offers visitors the perfect escape from daily life. With no taxis, no cashpoints/ ATMs and a lack of WiFi or internet connection, it makes an idyllic break (just be sure to withdraw enough cash before you arrive). Continue reading Photo Essay: The Perfect Tropical Escape to Ilha Grande, Brazil
Located in Rio’s South Zone between the districts of São Conrado and Gávea, Rocinha is the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In nothing more than a shantytown, I spent the morning with a group from BeALocal.com wandering around one of the most notoriously dangerous places in Brazil.
A favela in Brazil is what would also be known as the slums or ghetto areas in other parts of the world, typically an area of the city that the Government would prefer that you didn’t see. Why? Because (in Rochinha’s case) with a population of over 69,000 people and around 25,000 vertically built homes, it is a representation of failings. Continue reading “Don’t be a Gringo” The largest favela in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil is a destination that has been on my must-see list for some time so you can only imagine my joy at finally getting the chance to go. Not only would our itinerary include the experience of carnival in Rio De Janeiro, but it would also be a trip including stays in Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande.
Having planned every meticulous detail of our trip, you can only imagine my concern when our flight from London was delayed by two hours (resulting in us almost missing our connection). My anxiety didn’t wane until we had run from one plane to another with just ten minutes to spare before take off!