Trek one of Brazil's most beautiful routes through the lush Serra dos Órgãos National Park — from Petrópolis to Teresópolis. The trail is known for its breathtaking vistas, steep climbs, and high difficulty rating, so get ready for an incredibly rewarding challenge!

Highlights

  • Enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Pedra do Sino
  • Hike through thick forest to breathtaking viewpoints
  • Visit the Véu de Noiva waterfall

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro - Petrópolis - Açu Castles Camp Açu Castles Camp
Day 2 Açu Castles Camp - Pedra do Sino Camp Pedra do Sino Camp
Day 3 Pedra do Sino Camp - Teresópolis  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro - Petrópolis - Açu Castles Camp

Sunset over the Serra dos Órgãos
Sunset over the Serra dos Órgãos

Welcome to Brazil! Put on your hiking boots and get ready for a tough, beautiful day of trekking. The first day of the Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing is the most demanding. Start the steep ascent to the Castelos do Açu mountain shelter with a climb through dense forest to the Pedra do Queijo viewpoint for the first breathtaking vista of the journey. 

After a rest and a chance to soak up the views, continue onto the Ajax viewpoint with its natural water supply, and then make your way up Isabeloca Mountain — named for the supposed passage of Dona Isabel over a century ago. Cross the Chapadão do Açu plateau (where, on a clear day, you can see the ocean) and finally make your way to the Castelos do Açu and your first campsite. End your day with a golden sunset and a sweeping view of Rio de JaneiroGuanabara Bay, and the Serra dos Órgãos mountain range.

Hiking distance: 5 miles

Day 2: Castelos do Açu - Pedra do Sino

Celebrate reaching the summit of Morro do Dinossauro 
Celebrate reaching the summit of Morro do Dinossauro 

As you make your way back onto the trails, don't forget to keep your camera close at hand. The second day of this trek is undoubtedly the most beautiful. Start your day by crossing a valley and then climbing to the top of Morro do Marco. A short descent will take you to the Luva Valley, where the trail winds upward again to the summit of Morro da Luva

Climb a steel rebar ladder (known as The Elevator) anchored into a stone cliff to the summit of Morro do Dinossauro and pause here to take in the sweeping panoramic view of the massive Pedra do Garrafão and Pedra do Sino rock formations. Next, hike through the Vale das Antas, up to the summit of Morro da Baleia, and then down through the passage of the Cavalinho (small horse) and up onto Pedra do Sino for an incredible 360-degree view. Camp here for the night.

Hiking distance: 6 miles

Day 3: Pedra do Sino - Teresópolis

A view of the mountains
A view of the mountains

On your final day, enjoy a more leisurely trek along the Teresópolis Park Dam — the final crossing point. Visit two waterfalls, including the Véu de Noiva (Veil of the Bride). Then make your way to Teresópolis City where you'll find the God's Finger Mountain Range rock formation and a satisfying end to your trek. From here, it's a short drive back to Rio de Janeiro.

Hiking distance: 7.5 miles

Map

Map of Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days
Map of Trek Brazil's Petrópolis-Teresópolis Crossing - 3 Days

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Traveler: Solange S. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

Life changing experience,

From the moment I arrived at the Nattrip lodge I knew it was going to be a great experience. Lucas and Guilherme ( the guides ) were very welcoming and even shared some of their home cooked diner. The trekking started the next day, and I have to say, the trekking days were absolutely amazing!! Both guides were very knowledgeable, caring and fun. The trek can be physically demanding at some points, but worth every effort. Actually most of the time it felt effortless... read more

Life changing experience,

From the moment I arrived at the Nattrip lodge I knew it was going to be a great experience. Lucas and Guilherme ( the guides ) were very welcoming and even shared some of their home cooked diner. The trekking started the next day, and I have to say, the trekking days were absolutely amazing!! Both guides were very knowledgeable, caring and fun. The trek can be physically demanding at some points, but worth every effort. Actually most of the time it felt effortless due to the great company and beautiful surroundings. I saw two sunsets and two sunrises, which do not compare to any I’ve seen before. Furthermore, the guides were very good at adjusting the trek to fit our physical limits. For us this resulted in two ‘bonus’ tracks with amazing panoramic views (which I would have never seen without a guide!!). I would definitely recommend this trek to anyone. Above all, I would recommend to go with Nattrip. You will learn a lot about the surroundings, feel safe and looked after, have some nicely cooked food at diner and breakfast.

I made friends, saw amazing views, but most off all I felt alive during the whole experience. Consider me coming back for more adventures!

Trek brazil's petrópolis-teresópolis crossing - 3 days, Brazil - Jan 4 - Jan 6, 2019

Traveler: Gethyn S. - Local specialist: Rodrigo Fernandez

The views, trails, wildlife, plant life and accommodation were utterly fantastic and alone are enough to leave anyone astounded by what Rio and the mountains surrounding the state have to show; but we can’t give enough gratitude towards our guides, Lucas and Thalles for their constant humility, insight, care, humour and undying humanity. We trekked through the clouds, through the heat, through the mud and through the rain with total confidence and total assurance - we often sang. The days and... read more

The views, trails, wildlife, plant life and accommodation were utterly fantastic and alone are enough to leave anyone astounded by what Rio and the mountains surrounding the state have to show; but we can’t give enough gratitude towards our guides, Lucas and Thalles for their constant humility, insight, care, humour and undying humanity. We trekked through the clouds, through the heat, through the mud and through the rain with total confidence and total assurance - we often sang. The days and the time spent around those two guys are unforgettable and so too because of that are the trails and views. I can’t recommend it enough. Even down to being catered for, I had no idea they were carrying our breakfast and dinner on their backs too - and it was delicious.
Thank you Lucas. Thank you Thalles. Thank you Rio.