Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing – Serra dos Orgaos – Brazil
Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing
What is the Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing?
The Petropolis Teresopolis crossing is located within the Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Brazil, amidst the exuberance of the Atlantic Forest and between the mountain towns of Petropolis, Guapimirim and Teresopolis.
Considered by many as the most beautiful trekking or long-distance hike in Brazil, the Petropolis Teresopolis crossing presents several breathtaking viewpoints and visuals. With many steep climbs and descents is considered a difficult trekking and has about 32 km linking the municipality of Petropolis to Teresopolis.
The Petropolis Teresopolis crossing usually takes place in three days, being the route divided into Petropolis park entrance x Açu castles, Açu castles x Pedra do Sino and Pedra do Sino x Teresopolis park entrance. For the more adventurous we can make the Petropolis Teresopolis crossing in less days or at night. The park allows entrance until 10pm.
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What is the itinerary of Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing?
1st Day: Petropolis park entrance x Castelos do Açu
Hiking time: 5 to 7h
The first day of Petropolis Teresopolis crossing is the most demanding. During the 7 km up to Castelos do Açu shelter we gain approximately 1100 meters of altitude. The trail of Açu mountain goes through a dense forest and with a strong ascent to Pedra do Queijo viewpoint. Then the trail gets a little less steep until arriving at Ajax viewpoint, which has natural water supply. After Ajax, we need to face the point considered the most difficult of the ascent to the Açu castles: the Isabeloca mountain. This ascent is named after an alleged passage of Princess Isabel on the spot. Once Isabeloca is over, we’ll cross the Chapadão do Açu, a counterfort, before arriving at the Açu castles. This is the first place to stay overnight and where the first mountain shelter of the Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing is located. The view of the Açu castles closes the first day with a golden key. From there it is possible to see all of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay in addition to the entire mountain range of Serra dos Órgãos.
2nd Day: Castelos do Açu x Pedra do Sino
Hiking time: 6 to 8h
The second day is undoubtedly the most beautiful of Petropolis Teresopolis crossing. The entire course goes on an average altitude of 2,000m. After leaving the Açu castles, we’ll cross a valley and then climb to the top of Morro do Marco. After descending this hill, we arrive in Luva valley and then ascend to the summit of Morro da Luva. The trail follows another section of rock summits, where navigation is complicated until reaching the section called The Elevator. The Elevator is a ladder made of steel rebar stuck to a steep stone that gives access to the summit of Morro do Dinossauro. Once at the top of Morro do Dinossauro, we find the first great view of the Pedra do Garrafão and Pedra do Sino stones. From there we start the descent to Vale das Antas and the trail continues to the summit of Morro da Baleia, where you can see the rock wall of Pedra do Sino, Garrafão and the trail channel where The Cavalinho is located. The Cavalinho (The small horse) has this name because it is a stone that to cross is necessary to make a movement similar to riding a horse. After overcoming Cavalinho, the trail follows the channel until it skirts Pedra do Sino and reach a bifurcation that gives access to the peak of Pedra do Sino and to the Shelter 4. The Pedra do Sino is the highest point of the crossing. At its summit there is an incredible 360º view, being possible to see several mountain ranges of the region, Rio de Janeiro city and even the Agulhas Negras peak and Serra Fina mountain range, in the clearest days.
3rd Day: Pedra do Sino x Sede Teresopolis
Hiking time: 4 to 6h
The third day is the least demanding of the crossing. The trail follows for approximately 9 km to the Teresopolis park dam, the final crossing point. During the descent we hike through two waterfalls where the highlight is the Veu de Noiva (Veil of the Bride) of Teresópolis with 16 meters of height that at certain times of the year is dry.
The current overnight options are (depend on availability of the National Park):
Camping (in camping tent)
Bivaque (collective room without beds inside the mountain shelter)
Bunk bed (bed inside the mountain shelter)
The vacancies are limited and reserved by order of advance payment. The best places (Bunk bed and Bivaque) will be reserved for participants who reserve their places in advance (they are limited and depend on the availability of the National Park).
What’s included in Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing?
Adventure Guides specialized in long-course hiking and vertical techniques
Guided Petropolis x Teresopolis Crossing
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos taxes and entrance fees
Camping tents (overnight in camping)
Equipment acquisition advisory before the tour
Food acquisition advisory before the tour
Expedition remote monitoring
First-aid group kit as described in medication list
Overnight taxes and fees for all expedition days
Nattrip Expeditions remembrance gift
Personal accidents insurance
Transportation to the activity
Personal medication as described in medication list
Any item not described as included
Where do we meet to Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing?
Starting times and locations:
05:40 Rodoviaria Novo Rio – Rio de Janeiro main bus station
07:30 Rodoviaria Bingem Petropolis – Petropolis main bus station
09:30 Serra dos Orgaos National Park – Petropolis entrance (official meeting point)
Approximate total duration: 3 days. Finishes around 15h in Teresopolis.
What to bring to Petropolis Teresopolis Crossing?
Identity document (Passaport/ID)
Backpacking pack – at least 60 Liters (3661 cu)
Hiking poles (01 ou 02)
Gas, stove and lighter (for camping overnight)
Kitchen Kit/Cutlery (for camping overnight)
Headlamp and batteries
Water compartment – Bottle/Camelbak/Hydrapak (2L minimal)
Hiking shoes or boots
Backpack rain cover
Optional personal gear:
Hats or caps
Backup headlamp and batteries
Multi-purpose pocket knife
Paracord 3-5 mm
Water purification tablets
Personal use medications
810,00BRL por pessoa
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Tipos de groups
Group: open to any customer.
Private: exclusive to the customer that booked.
Private with transport: Includes round trip transport to the activity. *For this option contact us.