Ilha Grande Hiking Tour is a great experience for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts who wish to get off the beaten track. Ilha Grande (Big Island), is an island situated 2 hours south of Rio city, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, about one hour away by boat once we reach Angra dos Reis city. The island is mostly undeveloped and known for its beauty, which includes deserted beaches, lush vegetation and a rugged landscape. The whole island area is around 193 km² and safeguards an untouched Atlantic Rainforest, one of the most important ecosystems in the planet. It also shelters many endangered species, like the brown howler monkey, the maned sloth and the red-browed parrot. The whole island is a protected area and most of its land is part of the state park. However, small doses of ecotourism is encouraged by the local administration. The island has over 150 km of hiking trails, linking villages to beaches and mountain peaks.
Our Ilha Grande Hiking Tour starts from Vila do Abraão, the largest village in the island with a bit over 2000 inhabitants. From there to Lopes Mendes beach, it takes about two hours . The trail begins right at the end of the main city beach, in Abraão Village. The trail takes you up and down through hills inside the rainforest, where wild animals like monkeys and birds maybe spotted along the way. Eventually it touches the beaches of Palmas and Pouso, and finally, after 02 hours of hiking, the wonderful beach of Lopes Mendes, which was recently elected the most beautiful beach of Ilha Grande and one of the most beautiful beaches of Brazil. Trip Advisor’s members ranked Lopes mendes the 13th most beautiful beach of the world, in 2014. On the way back, we take a boat trip back to Abraão Village, where we take the second boat back to land.
Pick ups at hotels and airbnb apartments in Rio city. Please check the covered areas in our terms and conditions. Daily, under request.
Pick ups between 6:00 am and 06:30 am
Wear good walking or hiking shoes, take towels and bathing suits, take a small backpack with plenty of water , fruits and snacks, wear comfortable clothes, wear a cap and sun block on sunny days. We do not provide food in this tour but there are places to eat along the way in the island. Time to stop and eat is included in the tour duration.
Please click on the PROCEED BOOKING button at the top right of this page. You will be directed to our booking engine, where you will fill out the form with tour date, names, address in Rio, phone number, number of passengers and etc. Once you check out, you will be directed to Paypal to perform the payment of the deposit (R$99.00 per person). After the payment, a voucher will be sent to your e-mail address. Make sure you check your spam box as well. Remainder is paid in cash to the guide, at the start of the tour.
We collect our customers in Rio city between 06:00am and 06:30 am. We drive for about 1.5 hours to the harbor in Conceição de Jacareí, then take the boat to the island. We arrive in the island around 09:00am. From Abraão Village, we start or hike, crossing different beaches for about 2 hours.
We reach Lopes Mendes beach between 11:00am and 12:00 noon. After spending some time there we return to Abraão village to take the boat back to the continent. We are back in Rio city around 08:00pm.