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Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

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Hi All,

My girlfriend and I are planning for a 14 day trip to Rio during the last week of August. We've done some research on the places to visit around Rio and have come up Ilha Grande, Paraty and Buzios to visit too.

Since we have 2 weekends in Brazil, we figured that one could be spent in Rio while the other could be in Buzios as i guess a lot happens during the weekend there. And during the weekdays we could spend them in Ilha Grande and Paraty to unwind. Is that a wise call?

The plan is to spend 2-3 days in each place so we do want to make the best of our time there. I'm still researching on how to get about from place to place. I see there are packages between Rio, Paraty and Ilha Grande. How about between Ilha Grande an Buzios? Is there a boat we can take there?

Any recommendation on how we can plan out this trip to make the best of our time there?

Rosh

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1. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

I suggest a week between Rio and Buzios and the other week to Paraty and Ilha Grande. No boats between Ilha Grande and Buzios.

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2. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

1. Ilha Grande (Big Island) is 95 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. The island is a largely undeveloped protected area and noted for its beautiful beaches and hillsides covered in lush tropical forests. There are no cars and no banks on Ilha Grande, so bring cash with you since not all hotels, shops, and restaurants accept credit cards. The largest village on the island is Vila do Abraão, where most of the visitor facilities are located, and can be reached from the mainland by local ferries and catamarans.

Ilha Grande Info:

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How to get to there:

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Angra dos Reis Info:

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Hotels in Angra dos Reis:

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2. Búzios is a beach resort with an active nightlife 105 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro with over 20 beaches in the vicinity. The beaches of the northern area of the peninsula of Búzios (Tartaruga, Azeda, and João Fernandes) receive ocean currents from the Equator, thus making these beaches warm water beaches. The beaches of the southern area of the peninsula (Geribá and Tucuns) receive ocean currents from the South Pole and are cold water beaches.

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Clubs in Búzios:

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Getting around in Búzios

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Búzios Info:

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3. Paraty (also Parati), a coastal historic town between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is about 160 miles from Rio and replete with picturesque cobbled streets, forests, waterfalls, islands, and an emerald-green sea.

Slide Show of Paraty:

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Paraty Info:

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How to get there:

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Intercity buses in Brazil:

There is no one bus company that serves the whole country. See “BuscaOnibus.”

http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/en

http://www.costaverdetransportes.com.br

Bus services are often sold in three classes: Regular, Executive and First-Class (Leito, in Portuguese). Regular may or may not have air conditioning. For long distances or overnight travels, Executive offers more space. First-Class has even more space and only three seats per row, making enough space to sleep comfortably.

All trips of more than four hours are covered by buses with bathrooms and the buses stop for food/bathrooms at least once every four hours of travel.

Brazilian bus stations, known as rodoviária or terminal rodoviário, are often in pretty sketchy areas, so if you travel at night be prepared to take a taxi to/from the station.

The Rodoviária Novo Rio long distance interstate bus terminal is located five minutes away from the downtown district (Centro) in a somewhat seedy part of town, so it’s best to take a taxi there.

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Weather in Paraty:

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Hostels & Pousadas in Paraty:

(The word “pousada” comes from the Portuguese word “pousar,” meaning “to stay” and refers to accommodations such as bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, eco-lodges, inns, and sometimes boutique hotels. They are normally small, often six to eight rooms, and are usually individually owned and operated.)

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4. Petrópolis. If you are also interested in a day trip, consider Petrópolis, a popular mountain resort town located about 40 miles from Rio de Janeiro.

Petrópolis used to be the summer residence of the Brazilian emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century and was the official capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903. The town was named after Emperor Pedro I, the nation's first monarch.

Buses from Rio to Petrópolis leave daily from the long-distance bus terminal, Rodoviário Novo Rio. The Rodoviária Novo Rio long distance interstate bus terminal is located five minutes away from the downtown district (Centro) in a somewhat seedy part of town, so it’s best to take a taxi there.

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Petrópolis Info:

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5. Another popular day trip is Ilha de Paquetá.

Paquetá is a district of Rio de Janeiro situated on an island in the middle of the Guanabara Bay. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. You should schedule at least half a day to spend strolling around the island.

You can get to Paquetá by ferry, departing in the mornings from Praça XV in downtown (Centro) Rio. The ferry trip takes about one hour. You can also take the speedboat, leaving from a dock adjacent to the ferry. The first ferry departs from downtown Rio to Paquetá at 5:30 a.m.

Most of Paquetá’s houses date from the beginning of the 20th century, but there are some older constructions dating from the early 1700's, all of them well preserved. The whole island is beautifully landscaped, and because of its size and the fact that it is accessible only by boat, Paquetá is one of the safest places in Rio, with virtually no crime. It’s charming, laid-back, and a favorite spot for working-class Cariocas. Unfortunately, the water surrounding the island is polluted, so you can't really swim there.

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3. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

Thanks for the responses. This helps a lot. But does anyone know the chances of running into a spider at Ilha Grande are? :D

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4. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

There are quite a few large spiders on Ilha Grande, so your chances are very good that you'll get to see one (probably more than one).

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6. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

ok..thanks everyone for information! :)

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7. Re: Rio-Ilha Granda-Paraty-Buzios

Biergarten Hostel in Ilha Grande:

http://bit.ly/R11MB9

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