What To Expect
The Travessia Petropolis-Teresopolis is Brazil's most famous and amazing trekking trail. At 30 kilometers, it crosses the whole Serra dos Orgãos National Park over the mountains.
Throughout the two days, we stay in complete contact with the environment. We start the trekking at Teresopolis Park Headquarters at 3600 ft and follow through a switch-back trail inside Atlantic Rain Forest for 11 km (approximately 5 hours), up to the Mountain Lodge at Pedra do Sino, the highest point in the moutain range at 7000 ft. A short 5 min trail takes us to the very top of the mountain, the perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful sunset. From the summit on clear days we can see as far as Rio city. Back at the lodge we will enjoy a nice hot meal and sleep early.
On the second day, the sunrise is one of the highlights of the trip and worth the early start of the day. After a strong breakfast, we face the hardest part of the trail-- 6 hours of ups and downs, crossing several mountains above heights of 5000ft to reach the Açu Peak. The trail offers wonderful views of the park's mountains and vegetation, as well as beautiful high field meadows. After trail snacks and rest, we take the last 4 hours down through the Bomfim Valley toward a district of Petropolis named Correas. There, we meet the driver and return to Rio.
Meet at the hotel, get primary instructions and fill the agreement form
1 hour drive to the Park's upper headquarters at 1100 meters
Bird watching in a suspended bridge on the top of the trees
5 hour hike to the Mountain Lodge (moderate/ hard)
Quick hike to the Summit of Pedra do Sino at 2263 meters for sun set
Early wake up for breakfast
6 hours hike from Pedra do Sino to Açu (Hard trail - irregular terrain ups-and-downs)
Trail snacks enjoying the view of Rio de Janeiro at 2100mts (7000fts)
4 hour hike down from Açu peak to Correas district (moderate/ hard)
Optional swim at Bonfim river pool
Hotel pick up and drop off
Accommodation at Mountain Lodge (shared room)
Meals (2 trail snacks, dinner and breakfast)
Park entry tickets
Full time bilingual guide support
Meals and drinks not included in the description
Tips and gratuities
Participants must be at least 14 years old to join this tour.
We recommend you bring a backpack with 2 sets of light clothes for the hike, warm clothes for the night, raincoat, sun hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, hiking shoes, snacks of your preference and extra money for extra meals and drinks.
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