The best thing about Rio for me was … the running path along the Copacabana beach with distance markers every 400m – excellent training spot.
After leaving Rio we took the public bus to Angra dos Reis and the boat to Ilha Grande. The island is like a small hidden paradise with no traffic (there is only one car on the island which belongs to the military police) and no busy roads – such a difference from Rio. The 5 days on the island passed very quickly with our favourite activities being the daily morning run and an evening swim and the rest of the day spent lazying around in our hammocks at the hotel drinking beer and reading. On Monday we did a 5 hour round trip trek across the mountains through the rainforest to what is claimed to be the most beautiful beach in Brazil – Praia Lopez Mendez – quite spectacular.
Now we’re off to the small town of Parati and then to the urban jungle of Sao Paulo.