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Date: 30 Jul 2015 01:43:00
Title: Ilha Grande (with lots of photos)

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Joyce (Kath's mother) and Kath arrived at Ilha Grande by escuna. Escunas used to be trading schooners serving coastal communities. Today they no longer have sails and are used to transport tourists (mostly).

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The joys of 'google translate'! You should see the menus!

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A street in Abraão - there aren't any cars on Ilha Grande

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Another street in Abraão - plenty of restaurants to chose from

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Joyce's pousada (B&B)

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Humming birds perch in the bush during breakfast

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Delightful bad taste (Kath chose the pousada)

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Our first night beach restaurant

We went for walks and saw a few interesting birds and butterflies, but mostly we heard sounds.

What sounds like a bird and lives in a tree?
Answer: a tree frog

What lives in a tree and sounds like a bird?
Answer: a marmoset

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What sounds like a JCB scraping rock?
Answer: howler monkeys (we didn't see any)

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Bromeliads are a very important part of the forest. They grow on their own trunk as in this photo or on branches of trees (see below). Their shape captures water and provides aerial ponds providing food and drink for insects and frogs. Pineapples are in the bromeliad family.

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Aerial bromeliad

On Joyce's last day, Joyce and Kath went on a boat trip.

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A small island with Ilha Grande behind

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The Blue Lagoon: a popular tourist spot

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Feeding the fish at the Blue Lagoon






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