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Ilha Grande

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Getting there
==Getting there==
The main settlement on the island is called Vila do Abraão and most transport goes to there. There are three main ports on the mainland from where boats regularly leave for Abraão, from north to south: Mangaratiba (closest to Rio), Concecao de Jacarai (the one closest to the island and with most connections) and Angra dos Reis (closest to Sao Paulo). There are slow boats operated by CCR Barcas [1] with a capacity of 500-1000 + passengers that cost R$15 (prices in this paragraph as per Feb 2016) and they usually leave once a day from Mangaratiba (8am) and Angra(3:30pm) - check their website for the latest timetable. There are also more frequent fast boats for 15-30 people that cost around R$30 (to from Jacarei) and there are taxi boats that cost more. [http://www.ilhagrande.com.br/como-chegar/horarios-para-abraao/ This website] has some timetables (all in Portuguese but easy to understand with google translate).
To get from Rio to Mangaratiba/Jacarei/Angra you can take the expensive Costa Verde [3] buses from the Rodoviaria in Rio. It costs R$37.50 to Mangaratiba and R$54 to Jacarei/Angra. You can also get there to either port by changing between three or four public buses for less than R$20 but you need to figure out the connections (basically from Itaguai there is a public bus for R$3.60 that goes to Jacarai). Daily buses from [[São Paulo]] to Angra dos Reis are operated by Reunidas Paulista [4].
There are also some tour companies and hostels that sell a door-to-island package for a van and boat. These cost R$95100++ one way and they pick up from locations in the touristic parts of Rio. --------To get to Ilha Grande you have to take a boat. There are three main points of departure, they are in order from north to south: [[Mangaratiba]], Conceição de Jacareí and [[Angra dos Reis]]. There are also speedboats from [[Paraty]] a couple times a week, although they are more expensive. Ferries operated by Barcas SA [1] leave daily from [[Mangaratiba]] and Conceição de Jacareí'. Barcas SA are a government-run company, so have decent safety standards and you won't get ripped off. Terminal Santa Luzia is discouraged, their prices are much higher than those of Barcas SA.
Perhaps the best way to get to the island from Rio is to take the 05:00 Costa Verde bus to Mangaratiba (R$37.50 as of May 2016), it will leave you at the dock a little past 07:00 so you'll have time to have breakfast and take the 08:00 Barca to Ilha Grande (R$15). You can buy the tickets for the boat right there in a booth, it won't be full because it has a 1,000 passenger capacity. It is also possible to overnight in Mangaratiba, although options are limited - there are no hostels, only a couple of pousadas and a hotel.
'''Conceição de Jacareí''' is a district of Mangaratiba - this is the shortest crossing point. Barcas SA also operates this route once a day, weekday departure is at 15:30, at weekends and on holidays it leaves at 13:30. There are also many other smaller boats which make the trip at various times or when they have sufficient passengers.
From Rio de Janeiro, you can now book online for door to island transfers with the Green Toad Bus [http://www.greentoadbus.com/en/Brazil-bus-passes/Transfers-ilha-grande-307] website. Pick-up from your hostel then a 3 hours drive to the docks where the transfer to a boat to travel 30 minutes to the island. You stop at an ATM to cash-up before hitting the island which has no ATM machine. They also have bus trips starting from Sao Paulo and Any hostel in Rio or Paraty. Daily buses operated by the Costa Verde out of Rio de Janeiro can organise a door-to Angra dos Reis and Mangaratiba-door shuttle, but you will pay a premium for this service.
It is important to note is that there are no banks on the island, you should bring plenty of cash since not all hotels, shops and restaurants accept credit cards.
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