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Gabriel Lyra

Industrial Engineer and Trekking Expeditions Manager at Brazil, passionate about long trekking expeditions and adventure itineraries from Brazil and South America.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Specialized in adventure trekking tours from Brazil focusing on long-distance trekking such as Serra dos Órgãos (Travessia Petrópolis x Teresópolis), Ilha Grande and Juatinga at the Rio de Janeiro's Green Cost, Mount Roraima (Venezuela), Chapada Diamantina ( at Vale do Pati), Serra da Mantiqueira (high technical trekkings at Brazil), hiking at Rio de Janeiro like Pedra da Gávea, Pedra do Telégrafo, Pedra Bonita, among others trekking tours at Brasil."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started on adventure trips with mountaineering activities when I was mapping mountain parks tracklogs for Nacionals Parks and Conservation Units Areas from Brazil, than started rock climbing and ended up mixing my graduation with my passion for adventure and became a Trekking Expeditons Manager at Nattrip, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), managing adventure activities throughout South America. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Known as the most beautiful Trekking in Brazil is the route of 03 days of Trekking in the Serra dos Órgãos Moutain Rage at Teresópolis city (known as the capital of the Brazilian mountaineering) the route' Travessia Petrópolis x Teresópolis'.

It is a mindblowing trekking expedition, with a higher technical level by having small rock climbing ways, at the same time has the facility of small mountain shelters on its way to host the traveler.

Serra dos Órgãos is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and still little known by the adventurous public outside of Brazil. Every time I walk in its paths it's as if I am passing through this beautiful and unique place of Brazil for the first time."

Featured trips & expertise

Look out over the Serra dos Órgãos range from Portais de Hércules
Rio de Janeiro Trek: Portais de Hércules - 2 Days

Considered the best viewpoint over the Serra dos Órgãos mountain range, you'll trek to Portais de Hércules on this two-day excursion from Rio de Janeiro. Perfect for athletic travelers short on time, you'll depart the capital early on day one, trek through forest and plateaus to Castelos do Açú basecamp, and reward yourself the following morning with a sunrise trek to the famed lookout.

Take in a magnificent sunrise from atop Pedra do Sino
Rio de Janeiro Trek: Pedra do Sino - 2 Days

This two-day hike features Pedra do Sino in the stunning Serra dos Órgãos Mountain Range and is perfect for travelers who are visiting Brazil's capital and want a quick off-the-beaten-path experience. You'll set out from Rio de Janeiro to Brazil's mountaineering capital, Teresópolis, and on to your mountain shelter at the base of Pedra do Sino. Along the way, you'll pass waterfalls, trek through forest and high-altitude vegetation, and take in a sunset from the peak of Pedra do Sino.

Saco do Mamanguá Fjord  from Pão de Açúcar Peak
Brazil Mamanguá Fjord Trekking - 4 Days

Spend four days trekking around the Saco do Mamanguá peninsula, a natural paradise with beautiful beaches and accessible trails. Explore Brazil's only fjord from kayak and take in the sweeping views of mountains, beaches, and waterfalls, then hike the Sugar Loaf Peak of Mamanguá, a postcard-perfect highlight of the region. Enjoy easy access from Rio de Janeiro and don't worry about meals, lodging, or carrying the equipment—everything is taken care of.

Ilha do Pelado, a tropical beach near Paraty
Paraty Beach Trek from Rio - 3 Days

The Paraty wilderness trek is one of Brazil's favorite beach hikes, and it's easy to see why: endless beaches, cascading waterfalls, and sweeping ocean views, all located within the Juatinga Ecological Reserve. Hike 20 miles (32 km) over three days, camping overnight in local fishermen houses and enjoying dinner and sunset on the beach each night. Connections to and from Rio make this an easy and fantastic addition to your Brazil getaway.    

The Pati Valley - Chapada Diamantina Trekking
Chapada Diamantina Trek - 7 Days

For those who enjoy hiking, this 7-day trip to Chapada Diamantina is a bucket list item. Considered one of the most beautiful crossings in Brazil, the Pati Valley is surrounded by incredible tepuy (cliffs), mountains, cascading waterfalls, and incredible natural beauty. Explore the Cachoeirão Waterfall and the Cave of the Castle, and learn about the history and local culture on overnight homestays.

Lopes Mendes, one of the 10 most beautiful beaches of the world
Rio de Janeiro Trek: Angra dos Reis & Ilha Grande - 2 Days

One of the most sought-after activities in Rio de Janeiro is a tour of Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande—but very few people see the beautiful beaches only accessible via hiking trail. Pico do Papagaio is the most beautiful trail on Ilha Grande. You'll visit Lopes Mendes Beach, considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, and one of the highest points of Ilha Grande—the best viewpoint of Angra dos Reis.