There is no Brazil without carnival, and there is no carnival without Sambodromo (MAP), full stop.
When I took the decision to leave for my Round the World trip people started to ask me what was my plan. "I don't know" - I used to reply - "Yet I want to be n Rio (do you really need a MAP? ) by carnival". Well, here I am.
Over two months of Brazil cannot be shinked in one page. Mostly if O' Carnaval is part of the trip!
I'll try anyway.
"Ilha Grande" (MAP) literally means "big island". In fact the island is not really famous for his hoge size: just a 15 km wide. Here there is just a small village (Abrao) surrounded by impressive and tick vegetation. There are no car in the island, that means the only way to reach the beaches is to walk across the jungle...
There are two way to get from Sao Paolo to Rio de Janeiro: one of the is the quick motorway that connects directly the two cities. The other one is going through the coast. It takes much more time, the road is not in good conditions and... the places you may happen to visit are so extraordinary that you may never arrive in Rio.