Rio de Janeiro Wilderness – 6 Days – The ‘Brazilian Yosemite’ Expedition

When thinking of Rio de Janeiro wilderness this is the pinnacle! An adventure designed to be the tops in Brazil. Get to know Rio de Janeiro well beyond the carnival and the traditional!

For 3 days we’ll be crossing one of Brazil’s first national parks, the Serra dos Órgãos natural reserve, for many the most beautifull Brasillina crossig, the Petrópolis x Teresópolis Expedition.

After that, let’s go for 3 more days camping in a place believed to be designed by the gods themselves, the Três Picos natural reserve at the God’s Valley, for many the “Brazilian Yosemite” experience for its topographical formation. We’ll camp at one of the most beautiful camp sites on the park in order to hike several small course trails to the summits around.

Our Trekking Expedition begins and finish at you hosting at Rio de Janeiro City at your hosting (or Rio airport) and  has private transfer in and out to the trekking for your comfort and safety.

Check out the complete itinerary, what is included, watch the video and adventure with us at the Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Experience!

Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking – Highlights

  • Get to know the most beautiful mountain crossings of Brazil;
  • Discover the best views sobre the Serra do Mar;
  • Get to know the biggest conservation unit of Rio de Janeiro (Valley of the Gods)

What’s the itinerary of the Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

  • Day 1: Rio de Janeiro (Transfer) x Castelos do Açu

    • Hiking time: 6 to 8h
    • Hiking distance: 08km
    • Overnight mode: Camping at Açú Castles Peak
    • Meals included: Dinner
    • 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.
  • Day 2: Castelos do Açu x Pedra do Sino

    • Hiking time: 8 to 10h
    • Hiking distance: 10 km
    • Overnight mode: Camping at Pedra do Sino
    • Meals included: Breakfast/Dinner
    • 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.
  • Day 3: Pedra do Sino x Hotel Teresopolis

    • Hiking time: 5 to 7h
    • Hiking distance: 12 km
    • Overnight mode: Hotel in Teresopolis
    • Meals included: Breakfast/Diner
    • The 3rd day is the least demanding of the crossing. The trail follows for approximately 9 km to the Teresopolis park dam. 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. Arriving in the city of Teresopolis, we will overnight in a hotel to rest well for the next expedition.
  • Day 4:  Teresópolis x Valley of the Gods x Dragon’s Head Peak

    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Hiking distance: 05 km
    • Overnight mode: Camp at God’s Valley
    • Meals included: Breakfast/Diner
    • After the transfer we will start our trail to the base camp in the Valley of the Gods where our tents will be located at the foot of the Valley (where we will discover the reason for this name). From the base camp we will make a beautiful trail to the summit of the Dragon’s Head, one of the most beautiful trails of the Park with a 360º view to the Three Picos State Park and a privileged view of the formation of the Three Peaks, Matchbox and Helmet Peak.
  • Day 5:  God’s Valley camp x ‘Caixa de Fósforos’ Peak x God’s Valley camp

    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Hiking distance: 05 km
    • Overnight mode: Camp at God’s Valley
    • Meals included: Breakfast/Diner
    • On the 5th day of the trekking, we will go towards the beautiful and unique formation of the Matchbox Peak, by some called the Miracles Stone exactly for its unique and improbable formation. In the Matchbox Peak the most adventurous ones can ascend to its base for a short stretch with safety equipment (ropes etc.) and others  will have a privileged view of the Valley of the Gods and Valley of the Friars, as well as a close view of the great  Nova Friburgo Peaks. We will return to our camp where we can rest and enjoy the magic of the Valley of the Gods and its charms.
  • Day 6:  God’s Valley camp x Frades Valley Crossing x Rio de Janeiro (Transfer)

    • Hiking time: 3 to 4h
    • Hiking distance: 06km
    • Overnight mode: –
    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • On our last day of the expedition, we will bid farewell to the base camp, and we will rearrange our backpacks again, because it is time to walk towards the Valley of the Friars in one of the most classic and beautiful crossings of the Three Peaks State Park, we will make the trail of scenic beauty passing by the Matchbox Peak and down to the Valley of the Friars that can be compared by some with Yosemite park in some angles. We will make our transfer to Rio de Janeiro city passing through the Waterfall Friars Waterfall, and then we will leave to our origins.

What’s included in Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?


  • Specialists Guides in long-distance trekking;
  • Guided Petrópolis x Teresópolis Crossing in 03 days;
  • Guided Three Peaks Trekking in 03 days;
  • Guided trail to the Valley of the Gods, Dragon’s Head and Matchbox Peak
  • Guided Crossing Valley of the Gods x Valley of the Friars
  • Transportation Rio de Janeiro x Petrópolis ;
  • Transportation Valley of Friar x Rio de Janeiro city ;
  • Serra dos Órgãos National Park taxes;
  • Tickets and overnight rates for all days of trekking;
  • 01 overnight in hotel;
  • Double Camping Tents ;
  • Food advising (for snacks during the trekking) before leaving;
  • Remote monitoring of the Expedition;
  • Safety equipment for technical paths (rope, baldriers, etc.);
  • First-aid kit ;
  • Nattrip Expeditions Gift ;
  • Personal accident insurance;
  • Satellite tracking of the expedition via SpotGen3;
  • Porters of equipment of collective use ;
  • 05 Breakfast on the mountain;
  • 04 Dinner on the mountain;

Equipment rent is avaliable if you need.

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal use medice;
  • Any item not described as included.

What to bring to the Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

Mandatory documents:

  • Identity document (Passaport)
  • International Vaccination Certificate – Yellow Fever

Mandatory Equipment :

  • Trekking Backpack (minimun of 60l);
  • Sleeping bag (for 0ºc confort);
  • Sleeping Pad;
  • Walking stick (01 or 02);
  • Headlight and batteries;
  • Bottle of water (minimun of 2l);
  • Boot / Hiking shoes;
  • Dry Fit / Polyamide shirts;
  • Anorak /Fleece;
  • Waste compartment;
  • Backpack rain cover;
  • Toilet paper;
  • Cellphone;
  • Sandals
  • Snacks for the day.

Optional personal gear:

  • Fleece
  • Second Skin (shirt and legs)
  • Thermals
  • Trekking pants
  • Bathing suits
  • Bandanas
  • Towels
  • Hats or caps
  • Backup headlamp and batteries
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Dry bag/sack
  • Technical packs
  • Sunglasses
  • Digital camera
  • Poncho
  • Wet wipes
  • Solar protector
  • Lip balm
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Paracord 3-5 mm
  • Water purification tablets
  • Silvertape
  • Energy gels
  • Personal use medications

Where do we meet to go to Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

Departure point and times:

  • 06:30 – your hosting at Rio de Janeiro city.

Total Duration: 06 days finishing around 18:00 at your hosting in Rio de Janeiro.

Expedition Pick-up point:

Where does the trekking take place?

FAQ Rio de Janeiro Wilderness

How many kilometers, on average, will we walk a day on the Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Expedition in 06 days?

Day 1 – 8 km and 06 to 08 hours;
Day 2 – 10 km and 08 to 10 hours;
Day 3 – 12 km and 04 to 06 hours;
Day 4 – 05 km and 04 to 06 hours;
Day 5 – 05 km and 04 to 6 hours;
Day 6 – 06 km and 03 to 04 hours.

Is it safe?

Nattrip operates this tour regularly and never had any issues regarding safety. Regarding inherent risks involved, please be aware to read “Exposure” iconograph before booking this product. Incidents such as falls, twists and scratches happen very often. It is mandatory to follow the instructions of the Leaders and to use safety equipment when requested.

Will my cell phone work? Wi-fi spots?

During the Expedition, we will have cell phone signal only at some points in the path, so the cell phone can be disconnected most of the time. In the places where there is signal, the Guides will advise the group.

How does the food works? What do we eat?

During the trekking expedition the breakfasts and dinners are included in the activity. Porters will carry all kitchen equipment and food that will be prepared every day and all the participants are invited help preparing the meals in the wood stove, being a differentiated experience. There is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free restriction and complete option for meals (each participant will inform your option). Nattrip will send advice for buying snacks before the start of trekking.

How do we get water?

The water is 100% natural water and contains living microorganisms. If you’re not used to this type of ingestion, we recommend the use of water purification.

Are there bathroom facilities?

Yes. The mountain shelters provide bathroom facilities designed for minimum environmental impact. Please bring garbage bag and toilet paper with you for any emergency use.

How’s the group? Who will I be travelling with?

Our expeditions consists of small groups. In case of large number of people, we will divide into small groups that will hike with minimum interval. Other people might join the same group. If you want to go on a private group, contact us before booking.

What kind of gear do I need? What are the luggage restrictions? Packing tips?

A comfortable backpacking pack (60L minimum) is mandatory. Camping gear will be provided. Rentals are available in case you need, please let us know prior to departure. Assistance before departure is available, contact us.

Can I rent equipment needed for the crossing with Nattrip?

Yes, Nattrip Expedition has the disposition to rent the necessary equipment for the this kind of activity, just to get in touch. As well as guidelines of good options to purchase them.

What are the vaccines needed? What about the Zyka Virus?

Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory. Aedes Aegypti is an urban mosquito, it does not proliferate in wild natural environments. No diseases transmitted by this mosquito will be found in the natural places visited (dengue, zyka, etc).

Do I have to bring cash?

We always recommend to bring cash with you. In Teresópolis city there is possibility to buy local handcraft and souvenirs. Drinks and tips are not included also.

Where do we sleep?

Overnight will be held in double camping tents. During the 3rd night of the Expedition, we will stay overnight in a Hotel in the city of Teresopolis.

Any wildlife risks?

The highest risk are venomous animals. They usually get away from humans, but there is the possibility to find snakes or spiders along the way.

What’s the physical effort involved?

The trekking in Serra dos Órgãos National Park is extreme because of obstacles, distance and altitude variation. In Três Picos State Park there is less physical effort involved.

What ages is it suitable?

Each person knows their limits. We don’t limit anybody, but we don’t recommend to youngers less than 12 years old.

If the weather forecast is unfavorable, is the expedition canceled / deferred?

Nattrip constantly monitors the weather forecast for the specific microclimate of Serra dos Órgãos, including during the expedition. If Nattrip agency and / or Activity Guides understand that the physical integrity risks inherent to natural activity are being exceeded, the event may be postponed or cancelled.



740USD per person (for 03 or more persons group)

980USD per person (for 02 or more persons group)

1.710USD per person (for 01 person group)

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Schedule and Outings

This tour has daily departure

• Daily departure available;

• Please consider that this tour requires booking 3 days in advance.


  • More than 5 participants, contact us!

Group type

  • Small groups (10 persons max);
  • Bilingual Leaders (Professional Tour Guides);
  • Satellite monitoring with SPOT Gen3;
  • Privative transfer in and out Rio de Janeiro (your hosting).
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