A Wild Tropical Retreat
Ilha Grande is a wild paradise. An island haven that offers jungle hikes to untouched beaches, a deep dark history, and towns that feel stopped in time. Contact us for the expedition of a lifetime to Ilha Grande or check out our Brazilian Beach Adventure itinerary for inspiration.
Wild & Stunning Ilha Grande
An island off the coast of Brazil, Ilha Grande has a deep dark past that helped it become the paradise that it is today. Originally a lair for dangerous pirates, then a leper colony, and most recently home to one of the highest security prisons of Brazil, the island was untouched by developers and resorts until the jail closed in 1994. This lack of inhabitation, tourism, and outside hands, has preserved some of Brazil’s most pristine and untouched Atlantic rainforest and also conserved the stunning coastline.
Thankfully, almost 84% of this paradise is protected. On Ilha Grande you can find the last of many endangered jungle species such as the brown howler monkey, the Amazon parrot, and the maned sloth. Trails throughout the island twist and turn through rich protected jungle and offer visitors a piece of the true Brazilian rainforest. The waters that surround the island which are also protected to preserve the biodiverse mix of corals, tropical fish, penguins, and cetaceans such as humpack, orca, and dolphins. Snorkeling and swimming here is like nowhere else in the world.
With no cars or motorized vehicles allowed on the island, prepare to explore on foot. Flawless beaches and towns that feel stopped in time welcome visitors with a charming local Brazilian energy only possible on an island that has been recently inhabited. A favorite Good Life Expeditions Ilha Grande experience is to take visitors to the enchanting Lopes Mendes beach. Popular among surfers, this 2.4km long beach is only accessible on foot. Take a 45 minute boat ride and the hike 30 minutes to reach this tranquil paradise. Along with exquisite white sand and crystal clear waters, you will find transparent streams, a little chapel, and a mosaic-covered barrel decorating the beach.
Plan a Trip to Ilha Grande
Ready to hop over to this Brazilian island? Contact Good Life Expeditions today to start planning your trip!