Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking (6 days) – The “Brazilian Yosemite” Experience

Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking is a true adventure designed to be the pinnacle in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is so much more than carnival and samba. There is a surrounding wilderness full of wildlife with huge mountain formations and sharp edges and beautifull valleys waiting to be explored. This adventure is a 3-day trekking that crosses one of Brazil’s first national parks, the Serra dos Órgãos natural reserve followed by 3 more days camping in a place believed to be designed by the gods themselves: the Três Picos natural reserve.

Just an hour away from the city of Rio de Janeiro, let’s enter the wild in the city of Petrópolis, known as the Imperial city, and cross the mountain ridge to leave the wild in Teresópolis. The first was named in honor of Brazil’s first emperor Pedro and the latter named in honor of his daughter-in-law Empress Teresa Cristina. Teresópolis is also the host city for Brazil national football team and because of that, to take a rest after this 3-day long course trekking, we’ll visit Granja Comary, the national team training center, before having a big lunch in a local upscale barbecue.

The “Brazilian Yosemite” Experience

After the trekking it’s time to take a good sleep at night because in the next day we’ll departure to the adventure in the biggest Rio de Janeiro State Park, Três Picos natural reserve in the city of Nova Friburgo. For its topographical formation, some people call the Três Picos State Park as the “Brazilian Yosemite”. We’ll camp at one of the park’s most beautiful camp sites in order to hike several small course trails to the summits around. Hope your adventurer soul is ready!

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Highlights

Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking Highlights

♦ Trekking 3-day crossing the Serra dos Orgaos National Park

♦ The Brazilian Yosemite and the Valley of the Gods

♦ Group camping experience with roustic wood burning stove

Itinerary

What is the itinerary of Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

  • Day 1: From the city to the wild
    • Hiking time: 5 to 7h
    • Meals included: Dinner
    • In this first day of our journey we’ll take the transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis to start the Serra dos Órgãos Crossing. The objective is to reach the first summit known as Castelos do Açu, where the first mountain shelter is located. That’s the spot we will overnight. Pack light (ask for our advisory) for it’s a tough ascent of about 1200m altitude gain and rough terrain. The views are incredible, though. We aim to reach the summit before sunset, then take a deep breath for its cinematic experience!
    • Note: Since it’s a long and demanding hike, it’s not possible to have lunch, so by the evening we have a delicious meal suitable as lunch and dinner. It’s necessary to bring quick snacks with you to eat during the hike, we strongly recommend mixed nuts and cereals.
    • Note: The current overnight options are (depend on availability of the National Park) camping, 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).
  • Day 2: The ridgeline crossing
    • Hiking time: 6 to 8h
    • Meals included: Dinner
    • Before starting our day two journey, our leaders will wake you up very early, so you won’t miss the sunrise show. This second day is definitely the most beautiful day of the crossing. With ups and downs, ridges and valleys, we’ll make our way, always above 2.000 m, to the highest summit in the Park, the Pedra do Sino, with its 2.275 m of altitude. However, a lot of obstacles and rough terrain should be expected before we reach the second mountain lodge named Abrigo 4 in Pedra do Sino summit.
    • Note: Since it’s a long and demanding hike, it’s not possible to have lunch, so by the evening we have a delicious meal suitable as lunch and dinner. It’s necessary to bring quick snacks with you to eat during the hike, we strongly recommend mixed nuts and cereals.
    • Note: The current overnight options are (depend on availability of the National Park) camping, 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).
  • Day 3: Pedra do Sino summit
    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Meals included: Lunch
    • This is the last day, but before it even starts you’ll be waken up very early again, for this is the best sunrise ever! The sun comes up right behind our next destination: Três Picos (The Three Peaks). After the show, we start our descent, a long way but with less obstacles. Reaching the exit we’ll be in Teresópolis city, host for Brazil’s national football team. Because of that our transfer will take us for a visit in Granja Comary, the national team training center, before we can refill our energies in a local upscale barbecue. After lunch we head to our hotel to get a good rest before the next adventure.
    • Note: The time for local barbecue lunch is late, usually around 4pm. Lunch is in “eat as much as you can” system, so dinner is not included.
  • Day 4: Três Picos State Park: The “Brazilian Yosemite”
    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • After hotel breakfast, hop in our transfer to go to the city of Nova Friburgo, in a valley known as Vale dos Frades, location of a big water bottling industry because of the clear and healthy local water fountains. That’s where we start our short hike to the camp site known as Vale dos Deuses (Valley of the Gods). The location was named after a local tale that says Gods battled for who could build the most beautiful mountain. Between huge walls of rock, we set camp and take a rest around the valley. There are several hiking options to the summits around, The Caixa de Fósforo (Matchbox), The Cabeça de Dragão (Dragon’s Head), The Pico Médio (Medium Peak) and so on… We’ll spend the next two days exploring these locations.
    • Note: Meals will be prepared by everybody using a roustic wood burning stove, but camping gas stoves will be available. Teamwork in food preparation!
  • Day 5: From Peak to Peak
    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
    • This is the day we spend hiking around the area and visiting several attractions on Vale dos Deuses. At night there will be an outdoor celebration with a big firepit, foods and drinks!
  • Day 6: Back from the wild
    • Hiking time: 4 to 6h
    • Meals included: Lunch
    • Before saying goodbye, we still have time for another quick hike for those who yet have energy. A meditation session or a hammock nap are options to those who decide to recover. After lunch let’s gear up to make our way to the cheese farm downwards (yes we can buy some local cheese!), where we’ll hop on the transfer to get back to Rio de Janeiro.

Inclusions and Exclusions

What’s included in Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

Includes:

  • Day-zero hostel in Rio de Janeiro
  • Hotel overnight in Teresópolis (from day-3 to day-4)
  • Camping (2-person shared)
  • Group Leaders who are professional certified tour guides
  • ISO 21101 (Safety Management System) compliance
  • Remote satellite monitoring with Spot Gen3
  • Meals included as described on itinerary
  • Transfer from/to Rio de Janeiro
  • Transfer from Teresópolis to Nova Friburgo
  • Personal accidents insurance covering up to 5.000 BRL of medical expenses

Não inclui:

  • Anything not listed as included

Equipments

What to bring to Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?

Mandatory documentation:

  • Valid Passport
  • Vaccination card (Yellow fever mandatory)

Mandatory gear:

Rentals available if your not bringing your own gear.

  • Backpacking pack – at least 60L
  • Sleeping bag (Comfort at 0ºc)
  • Matress (insulation)
  • Trekking poles (01 or 02)
  • Headlight (and backup batteries)
  • Hydration compartment (01 liter minimum)
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Extra socks (eventual mud or river crossings)
  • Dry-fit shirts
  • Fleece/Windbreaker and gloves
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun and lips protector
  • Bags for garbage
  • Backpack raincover
  • Toilet paper
  • Mobile phone
  • Sun glasses
  • Sandals/Flip flops

Optional gear:

  • Thermal clothing
  • Trekking pants
  • Ecohead bandana or similar
  • Towel
  • Hat or cap
  • Waterproof bags
  • Technical daypack or waist bag
  • Câmeras
  • Wet wipes
  • Emergency blanket
  • Cordelet or paracord 3-5 mm
  • Water purifier
  • Silvertape or similar
  • Carbo gel or similar
  • Personal use medication

Logistics

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

Starting location and schedules:

  • Transfer will pick up everybody in Rio de Janeiro
    • Hotels in supported zone only. If you’re not in a supported location you’ll be instructed to move to the nearest supported location.
  • Transfer will drop off everybody in Rio de Janeiro
    • Hotels in supported zone only. If you’re not in a supported location you’ll drop off on the nearest supported location.
  • “Day zero” and last day lodging at Nattrip headquarters available.

FAQ

FAQ Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking

How many kilometers will we hike per day?

Day 01 – ~09 km steep path 1000+ m altitude gain
Day 02 – ~11 km many obstacles
Day 03 – ~12 km downwards 1200+ m altitude loss
Day 04 – ~05 km +350m altitude gain
Day 05 – 0-10 km you can choose to stay at camping or go hiking with group
Day 06 – ~05 km +350m altitude loss

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?

There is no mobile phone network while trekking in Serra dos Órgãos National Park and Três Picos State Park nor we recommend the use of mobile devices, except for photography purposes. In such case, we recommend the use of power banks. Mobile phone and internet can be used when in Teresópolis.

How does the food works? What do we eat?

During trekking we will have included one main meal per day, usually pasta with proteins. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or has any restrictions please advise our staff before departure. While exercising we don’t recommend meals, only snacks. Breakfast is not included. Therefore, we kindly ask you to bring your breakfast and snacks, both can be combined together. We highly recommend nut mixes.

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.

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 there is possibility to buy local handcraft and souvenirs. Drinks and tips are not included also.

Where do we sleep?

While trekking the overnights will be either in mountain shelters or the camping sites nearby. It will depend entirely on the park’s availability. In Teresópolis the overnight will be in a medium class hotel.

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.

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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 and depends on minimum quorum

• Hotels located in regions São Conrado, Barra da Tijuca and Recreio are not supported. If you’re in a non-supported location we will forward you to the nearest supported location

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  • Small groups (10 persons max)
  • Open for any customer to join
  • Bilingual Leaders (Professional Tour Guides)
  • Satellite monitoring with SPOT Gen3
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