15.07.2012 - 15.07.2012
After Paraty, we drive further south to Ilhabela, a big island close to Sao Paolo, known for its beaches, waterfalls, mosquitoes, and for being packed with paulistanos on summer weekends. Fortunately for us, it's winter so no mosquitoes or paulistanos but the weather is not great either. It's rainy when we arrive and continues to rain the next day. No regrets, because Oscar is sick (stomach bug) and the house we rented is great (Matthias has a new friend), surrounded by rain forest... and has full Internet access! The next day, the sun is back, we get explore the local town of Vila and a remote beach on the northern tip. No doubt Ilhabela has its charm, but we did not have a chance to really connect with the island, maybe because of the weather, also because it's quite big and to appreciate it you would need to get into organized tours to the other side, much less developed.