Ilha de Paquetá is a small island close to Rio de Janeiro. It is a nice and cheap escape from the city. You can take a boat from Rio, it will take you approximately one hour to get there. On the island there are no cars, so the only option to discover it, is by bike or horse-drawn carts. If you’re traveling with someone else, I recommend doing it by tandem, it’s so much fun. You only need one hour for the whole island so don’t hesitate in taking a little break on the beach like we did.