How Many Days On Ilha Grande: 3 Itineraries From 3-7 Days

Ilha Grande, a picturesque island off the coast of Brazil, is full of stunning natural beauty, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests. But how many days on Ilha Grande is enough? Here are three great itineraries from 3-7 days for an unforgettable island escape.

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How Many Days On Ilha Grande Is Enough?

I recommend 4-5 days on Ilha Grande which gives you enough time to visit one or two secluded beaches, complete the best trek on the island to Parrot Peak and also enjoy some snorkelling or a boat tour.

 

Here’s a general guideline to help you decide how many days you need on Ilha Grande:

 

 

  • 3 Days On Ilha Grande: A 3-day itinerary is ideal for budget backpackers with limited time. It provides a glimpse into the island’s highlights and allows you to explore its beautiful beaches and hike through its tropical forests. 
  • 5 Days On Ilha Grande: With a 5-day itinerary, you can do a deeper dive into Ihla Grande’s. You can enjoy some of the longer hikes to secluded beaches , go snorkelling in its crystal-clear waters, and enjoy a boat tour to lagoons on other parts of the island.
  • 7 Days On Ilha Grande: Opting for a 7-day stay on Ihla Grande is perfect for backpackers with no time constrains or digital nomads who are looking to escape city life for a while. It allows for a more leisurely exploration but also gives you ample time for relaxation. If you are a diver, then the extra days mean you can go diving alongside enjoying the islands other great activities.
How Many Days On Ihla Grande

Ilha Grande 3-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Relax at Lopes Mendes Beach
  • Day 2: Hike to Pico do Papagaio for the best views of the island
  • Day 3: Take a boat tour to the secluded lagoons of Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

Day 1: Relax At Lopes Mendes Beach

For beach lovers seeking a slice of paradise, Lopes Mendes Beach is a dream come true.

 

With its powdery white sand stretching as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beach is one of the best you can find in Brazil.

 

Make sure to bring your sunscreen, a good book, as  you won’t want to leave!

 

You can also rent surfboards on the beach if you are keen.

How To get To Lopes Mendes Beach

If you’re staying in the main village of Abraão and want to reach Lopes Mendes Beach, you can follow these steps:

 

  • Lopes Mendes Beach is not directly accessible by road, so you’ll need to take a boat or hike. Head to the main pier in Abraão, where you can find boat services.
  • There are boat services from Abraão to Palmas, another beach on Ilha Grande. You can inquire about boat schedules and prices at the pier.
  • From Palmas, you can start the hike to Lopes Mendes Beach. The trail is well-marked and takes you through the lush Atlantic rainforest. The hike usually takes around 1-2 hours, depending on your pace.

 

Alternatively, you can book a boat in advance if you prefer. 

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Day 2: Hike To Pico Papagaio

To get one of the best views on Ilha Grande, a trek to Pico do Papagaio (which translates to Parrot Peak) is a must.

 

This challenging trek takes you to one of the highest points on the island, and as you ascend, you’ll catch brief glimpses of the views to come.

 

The effort required to reach the summit is well worth it, and when you reach the top you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of the island.

How To Hike To Pico Do Papagaio

The trailhead for Pico do Papagaio is usually accessible from the southwestern part of the island from the main village of Abraão. The trail can be steep and challenging in parts, so ensure you’re prepared with proper hiking gear.

 

The distance to Pico do Papagaio is approximately 4.5 kilometers (about 2.8 miles), but the hike can take several hours due to the challenging terrain. The round-trip can take around 5-7 hours, depending on your pace and the trail conditions.

 

The hike to Pico do Papagaio is considered challenging, especially the final ascent to the summit. It involves steep sections and rocky terrain. Proper hiking shoes, water, and snacks are essential.

Guided Tours To Pico Do Papagaio

If you’re unfamiliar with the terrain or prefer a guided experience, consider joining a guided hiking tour.

 

Ilha Grande Hiking offer two options, either a day time hike or a nighttime hike so you can watch the sunrise.

 

Ihla Grande (Brazil)

Day 3: Blue Lagoon Boat Tour

Ilha Grande is has so many hidden gems dotted around the island and the secluded lagoons of Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde are two of the best!

 

A boat tour to these two lagoons offers an escape from the more crowded areas of the island.

 

You can go snorkelling from the boat to or simply relax in the sun atop your boat.

 

Tours will likely stop off at the beaches near by too such as Praia Da Longa and Praia de Aracatiba where you can grab food or enjoy a refreshing caiprinha in the shade.

Tours To Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

You’ll need to book a boat tour to access these parts of the island. Check out this tour (provided by Ilha Grande Hiking) or book directly through their website: 

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Ilha Grande 5-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Relax at Lopes Mendes Beach
  • Day 2: Hike to Pico do Papagaio for the best views of the island
  • Day 3: Take a boat tour to the secluded lagoons of Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
  • Day 4: Walking tour and lunch at Bonito Resto Bar
  • Day 5: Visit Casa da Cultura and experience live music or cultural events

Day 4: Walking Tour / Lunch At Bonito Resto Bar

Join a walking tour of the old town to explore the cobblestone streets lined with charming colonial-style houses and learn about the island’s fascinating past.

 

This tour lasts 2 and a half hours and takes you to the islands historic sites, including churches and museums, that offer insights into Ilha Grande’s transformation from a pirate’s lair to a tranquil paradise.

 

You’ll also visit and swim at the famous Black Beach and the Pocao do Abraão Waterfall.

 

In the afternoon, grab a water taxi over and have lunch at Bonito Resto Bar.

 

This waterfront restaurant offers a fantastic menu of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and Brazilian specialties.

 

They’re also passionate about making high quality cocktails using fresh fruit, flowers and herbs from the island. Make sure you try the Jaca caipirinha!

Bonito Paraiso (Ihla Grande)
Views From Bonito Paraiso (Ihla Grande)

Day 5: Hike To Dois Rios Beach / Cachoeira de Feiticeira Waterfall

Time to get active again on day 5 of this itinerary. 

 

A hike through the thick jungle of Ihla Grande will reward you with another beautiful beach! Dios Rois another beautiful, secluded beach, however this one will likely be less busy due to the fact it requires hiking.

 

The trail itself is great and you might see monkeys, snakes, squirrels and lots of exotic birds if you’re lucky.

 

After about a 2 hour trek, you’ll be treated to an endless stretch of white sand. 

 

If you get bored of lounging on the beach, the Cachoeira de Feiticeira Waterfall is a short walk from Dois Rios beach so you can combine these two sights into the same day.

 

Visiting the waterfall is a nice break from the coastal scenery, and you can take a dip in the pool if you want.

Ilha Grande (Dois Rios Beach)

7-Day Ilha Grande Itinerary

  • Day 1: Relax at Lopes Mendes Beach
  • Day 2: Hike to Pico do Papagaio for the best views of the island
  • Day 3: Take a boat tour to the secluded lagoons of Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde
  • Day 4: Walking tour and lunch at Bonito Resto Bar
  • Day 5: Visit Casa da Cultura and experience live music or cultural events

Day 6: Relax

If you decide to go for 7-days on Ihla Grande, you’ll want to include some slower days.

 

Explore the lesser-known beaches and trails by yourself, such as Praia de Aventureiro, Camiranga and Pereque. 

 

Or try this tour if you prefer a guide.

 

At the beach, try stand-up paddleboarding or sea kayaking along the island’s coastline to discover even more hidden caves, rock formations, and snorkeling spots.

Day 7: Diving

Whether you’re an experienced diver or a first timer, Ilha Grande is a great place for diving adventures.

 

The clear waters surrounding the island provide excellent visibility, and the temperature is ideal – making these the perfect conditions for diving.

 

And the island has some of the top-rated dive schools in Brazil.

 

Here are the two best:

 

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Is Ilha Grande Worth Visiting?

Ilha Grande is well worth visiting especially for those of you seeking an escape from the chaos of the big modern cities in Brazil.

 

From pristine beaches and breathtaking hikes, to secluded lagoons and crystal clear waters, Ilha Grande’s beauty is a must-see.

 

Also, it’s roughly halfway between Rio and Sao Paulo, so it’s the perfect stop off to break up the 6-hour bus ride between the two. 

For more great reasons why Ihla Grande can’t be missed, head to the post below:

 

 

When's The Best Time To Visit Ilha Grande?

Many people will recommend the high season to visit Ilha Grande which is from December to March. This period is the most popular time to visit, attracting a higher number of tourists.

 

The weather is generally warm and sunny during these months, making it perfect for beach activities and outdoor adventures. However, it’s important to note that with popularity comes higher prices for accommodations and other services.

 

Despite the appeal of the high season, it’s worth considering that there’s an increased chance of rain, particularly in December and January.

 

If you’re looking for a quieter experience and lower prices, the shoulder seasons, which typically are April and November are ideal. During these times, the island is less crowded, allowing you to enjoy its natural beauty in peace.

Downloadable PDF timetable demonstrating the best time to visit south America

To download this chart in a handy infographic, head to the link below:

 

 

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How To Get To Ilha Grande?

How To Get To Ihla Grande From Rio?

From Rio, you can take a public bus or taxi to the coastal town of Angra dos Reis, approximately a 2.5 to 3-hour drive.

 

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From Angra dos Reis, hop on a ferry or speedboat to Ilha Grande, a scenic ride across the sparkling waters that typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.

 

Alternatively, travellers can opt for a direct shuttle service from Rio to Conceição de Jacareí, followed by a short boat ride to the island.

How to Get To Ihla Grande From Sao Paulo?

If you are travelling north from Sao Paulo, an easier way to get to Ihla Grande is to stop off in Paraty which is a 4 hour bus ride.

 

Apart from it being a great town to check out, you can also get a ferry from here once a day.

 

This saves you from travelling further north to Angra dos Reis.

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