I frickin LOVE Angra dos Reis! If I had enough hours in the day I would start every morning here, it’s simply stunning. For those of you visiting Rio, I would certainly recommend a day trip to Angra. In an ideal situation we would all be able to take our yachts out for a spin but for those of us who haven’t quite got there yet the general tourist route is quite a pleasant way of visiting. We went down the tourist route on our last visit to Angra (the yacht was in the repair shop…).
We left Rio relatively early, collected by bus around 730am from Ipanema. The bus proceeded to collect the other tourists from each of the major hotels along both Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and then proceeded to make it’s way to Angra dos Reis.
Now, one thing I feel obliged to warn you about should you do this trip – the tour guides can be a tad excitable…… We had a very animated lady who took it upon herself to tell us all about the history of Rio and all the buildings, monuments, beaches, neighbourhoods, etc… that we passed on our 2 two a half hour journey. This would normally be quite interesting, however she chose to translated each point into: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese by the end of the trip I was ready to run.
Halfway through the journey there is a quick 15 minute pitstop where you can grab a bite to eat and pop to the loo.
Before you arrive in Angra it’s quite common to be given a menu onboard the bus, this will have lunch options and snacks. You will normally be asked to make a decision before you arrive, this is so that the cooks are prepped and ready for the lunch time order. Food is served on the boat.
Upon arriving in Angra we boarded a lovely old sail boat. The journey was magnificent, with stunning views of the bay. The boat traveled around the islands and stopped at about 3 different points where we had the opportunity to explore and go for a swim. The highlight for me was a stop off in the middle of the ocean where we were visited by people on handmade canoes selling coconuts and lot’s of little very friendly fish.
The trip itself lasted about 10 hours and it flew by! If you want to make a day of it and stay over night there are dozens of wonderful pousadas on the islands, but book in advance! Check out HIDDEN POUSADAS or AirBnB
ARRIVING IN ANGRA
CORISCO VI – OUR BOAT FOR THE DAY
VIEW OF THE BAY
THE CHURCH OF ‘NOSSA SENHORA DA PIEDADE’ ON THE ISLAND OF GIPOIA
FEEDING THE FISHY’S