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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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
What is the itinerary of Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?
Day 1: From the city to the wild
Day 2: The ridgeline crossing
Inclusions and Exclusions
What’s included in Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?
- 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
- Anything not listed as included
What to bring to Rio de Janeiro Wilderness Trekking?
- Valid Passport
- Vaccination card (Yellow fever mandatory)
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
- Thermal clothing
- Trekking pants
- Ecohead bandana or similar
- Hat or cap
- Waterproof bags
- Technical daypack or waist bag
- Wet wipes
- Emergency blanket
- Cordelet or paracord 3-5 mm
- Water purifier
- Silvertape or similar
- Carbo gel or similar
- Personal use medication
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 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.
*For private groups contact us
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
- More than 5 participants, contact us!
- 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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