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Family trip to Ilha Grande with children. Ideas on where to go with your child

Ilha Grande has been an extremely attractive tourist destination for the last decays. The access to the island used to be denied not only for travelers but for Brazilians as well because of the local prison. To date, the island's tourism infrastructure is not that good developed, but on the other hand, there is a magnificent pristine nature and a bunch of opportunities for leisure activities. So, come to Ilha Grande, but remember that you won't be able to move around with your kid by car, as there is no public transport or taxi service at all. The reason for it is the forbiddance on all kinds of motor wheeled vehicles there. Please, keep it in mind and plan ahead how you would go around the area with your child.
Locals are known for their tranquil and peaceful temper. People here always try to resolve an argument by a simple conversation and to reduce tension by joking. Fighting here is a very rare … Open
However, if your kid is able to ride a bicycle, you can rent one for your child and one for yourself and easily do some sports activities while visiting local attractions. Young fans of walking trips would like the island too. There are more than 150 km of the foot routes which pass through the territory of the local national park. Here children can get acquainted with the diversified flora and fauna world of the Atlantic Forest. For instance, kids can see a great variety of snakes, sloths, lizards, pygmy marmosets, caimans, and even howler monkeys. The monkeys are called like this because of the loud sounds they produce. Even though the sounds can frighten children, still the monkeys themselves are not dangerous at all and they are even recognized as an endangered species.
In case your child is well-trained and can withstand a two-hour ascent, then you can try to climb the island's highest point – Pico do Papagaio Mountain. You would enjoy the fascinating view during the trip and also there is even more to see as you reach the pick of the mountain. However, if your child is not fond of climbing, you can take a sightseeing tour along the coast. You'll have a chance not only to observe the island from afar but also to swim in the open sea or a small bay (where you can get only via the water). You can also take a small trip around the local territory together with your kid or even to try to find pirate's treasures on Caxadaço Beach. According to the legend, these were whether German or French privateers who hid their riches on the beach. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The island was discovered by Portuguese people in 1502. The islands current name Ilha Grande is translated from Portuguese as «Big Island». It’s interesting that the tribes of Tupi, … Open
The perfect place for holidays with children is Lopes Mendes Beach. One of the peculiarities of this beach is a gentle descent while going deeper into the water. Abraao Beach's bay is pretty shallow. Besides, a child can take surfing courses in the local surf school or either rent snorkelling equipment. Swimming with a diving mask and a breathing tube on Saco do Céu or Parnaioca is also really exciting. If your child prefers something more isolated, then Aventureiro is a perfect choice for you; it's a deserted beach with unusual «silver» sand. Another good place to visit on the island is Dois Rios Beach. As soon as your child gets tired of swimming and sunbathing, take a walk around the local village where you can see a rather beautiful church and little Brazil-style houses.
Older kids would be interested in the local prison which had been functioning for more than 100 years; later it was turned into a museum. You can also buy some hand-made souvenirs for your children there. One more activity for you and your kid is to go up to the very top of the white-stone Castelhanos Lighthouse or to take a walk around the Vila do Abraã – the urban centre of the island with a great number of ancient representatives of the colonial style. There is an aqueduct hidden in the island's forest which was built in 1893; you can also find the ex-hospital just near the aqueduct where all the non-residents were kept in quarantine for a few weeks in the past.
Ilha Grande can be proudly called as one of the cleanest islands in the world. The pure and unspoiled nature, many kilometers of forests, clean beaches, waterfalls, mountain rivers – any … Open
You can also show your child the ruins of large plantations just near Parnaioca in the forest. Chambers of lords, rooms of simple workers and some utility rooms are the only artifacts left from those plantations. In case your children are already eight years old, they can try themselves in diving. There are tens of pirates' sunken ships near Ilha Grande. Most of the ships are lying not so deep, so even beginners can explore it. What is more, you can come and see a great variety of underwater species and incredible landscapes of the local water area. Here children can learn water-skiing or how to steer a sailing yacht. In addition, there are several football fields on the island and these are always crowded with people.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Ilha Grande and surroundings

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Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks near Ilha Grande
♥   Amusement park 'Rio Water Planet' Rio de Janeiro, 71.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Play City' Rio de Janeiro, 96.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Aquariums in Ilha Grande and nearby
♥   Aquarium 'Aquario de Ubatuba' , 98.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Aquarium 'Aquário do Zoo do Rio de Janeiro' , 103.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Aquarium 'Aquário de Aparecida do Norte' , 113.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all zoos
Zoos and gardens in/near Ilha Grande
♥   Zoo 'Zoológico Municipal de Volta Redonda' Volta Redonda, 67.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Zoo 'Jardim Zoológico Lauro Palhares' Pará de Minas, 94.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Zoo 'Rio de Janeiro Zoo' Rio de Janeiro, 99.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Zoo 'Jardim Zoológico de Niterói' Niterói, 114 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Famous sights of Ilha Grande

Christ The Redeemer

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
The basic building material was concrete. It's noteworthy that the monument is the highest point of the city and its surroundings, so during thunderstorms it often catches lightning. Builders foresaw this nuance few decades ago, so they specially preserved part of the stone from which the statue was erected, to use it for restorations. … Read further

Plateau of Parana-Etendeca

From the series “Volcanoes that changed the face of the Earth”
It is estimated that more than 2.3 million cubic kilometers of magma were poured onto the earth's surface during the eruption. The Tristan hotspot is considered to be the main source of such a large-scale eruption. It is located near the southern tip of Africa. There are underwater mountain elevations in the Atlantic Ocean. The Rio Grande is considered the most significant of them. Their presence also proves the theory of a large-scale eruption. … Read further
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Interesting places to visit with children around Ilha Grande

Guide to sightseeing and entertainment for children in Ilha Grande - parks, attractions, museums, zoos, water-parks. All fascinating and educational sites of Ilha Grande, which are must visit and see for your child. Find out the best discovery routes and places for kids (local theaters, exhibitions and museums), where you can spend quality time together. Ilha Grande for families with children.
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