Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande BeachIlha Grande on the contrary of its name is a tiny island of some 6,000 people, located just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and about 100km west of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Currently closed to automobiles, and undeveloped until quite recently, it has enjoyed a notorious history as a pirate haven, leper colony, and penitentiary.
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Ilha Grande Port

Following the destruction of the penitentiary in the 1990s, the island became a hotspot for small scale ecotourism. It is noted for its incredible biodiversity

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