I spent the past four days/three nights in Ilha Grande, a gorgeous island about 4.5 hours from Rio (well, 3 hours by bus, then 1.5 hours by boat). There are almost no cars on the island, except for government vehicles, and most people travel between villages by boat. We spent our time exploring the island on foot - the hiking was great, and the beaches away from the main port were beautiful. Last night, there was a huge thunderstorm just as we were returning from a hike. I´ve never heard thunder so loud!