Cave of Achaia, Ilha Grande

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Situated between high mountains emerging from the sea is Cave of Achaia, a piece of paradise surrounded by the lush greenery of the Atlantic Forest. This is not a beach ideal for swimming but rather a great place to relax, have dinner, and enjoy a beer or nice caipirinha (a popular Brazilian cocktail made with rum, sugar and lime) while listening to the samba or other Brazilian music being played by the locals. Snorkeling will allow you to explore the small cave with the brilliant light from the ocean illuminating its crevices and to take in the sights of the natural aquarium.

The best way to reach the island is by Angra dos Reis, a two-hour dirve from Rio. From there you can take the hour-long ferry ride across, but keep in mind that the ferry is actually a small boat that carries about 30-40 passengers. You can view the schedule on Ilha Grande’s website, but keep in mind that the boat might not leave at exactly that time. Consider hiring private transport and book them for your return as taxi service does not exist in town. Plan trip to Ilha Grande with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • small city, everyone has boats too access other places, there are some stores with artephats from people who live there. spend sometime at a hostel, close to the church. when You arrive at the...  more »
  • cool beach with a real friendly vibe, grab a beer or some food at the beach side bars. Worth waking up at 5.30am to watch the sun rise over the bay as well  more »
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  • Climb five meters down a hole and crawl though a space less than a meter tall and you enter this cave (Gruta). It's a huge space inside, but never tall enough to stand. At the other end, the ocean water enters and pools. Afterwards, go above the Gruta, jump off the rocks, and swim in the watery above the cavern.
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