5. From Rio: Petrópolis - Teresópolis 3-Day Trekking Expedition
Begin the experience in Rio de Janeiro with hotel pickup, followed by an expedition briefing. Discover the wonderful mountainous region surrounding Rio on a three-day, 32-kilometer trek with an overnight camping experience.
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro City - Petrópolis Headquarters - Açu Castles Camp (8 kilometers)
After pickup, transfer to Petrópolis, the Imperial City, where you will start your trekking journey in the Serra dos Órgãos Mountains. The first day of Petrópolis Teresópolis crossing is the most demanding. During the 7-kilometer ascent to Castelos do Açu mountain shelter, you’ll gain approximately 1,100 meters of altitude.
The trail to Açu Mountain passes through a dense forest with a strong ascent to Pedra do Queijo viewpoint. Then the trail gets a little less steep until arriving at Ajax viewpoint, which has a natural water supply. After Ajax, face the section 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 at the location. The view from the top of the Açu castles provides a magical conclusion to the first day. From there it is possible to see all Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay, in addition to the entire mountain range of Serra dos Órgãos an Tijucas Forest.
Day 2: Açu Castles Camp - Pedra do Sino Camp (10 kilometers)
The second day is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the Petrópolis Teresópolis trekking experience. The entire course ascends an altitude of 2,000 meters. After leaving the Açu castles, cross a valley and then climb to the top of Morro do Marco. After descending this hill, 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, get the first great view of the Pedra do Garrafão and Pedra do Sino stones.
From there, start the descent to Vale das Antas as 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' passage is located. At Pedra do Sino, Serra dos Órgãos summit, there is an incredible 360-degree view over several mountain ranges of the region and Rio de Janeiro city.
Day 3: Pedra do Sino Camp - Teresópolis Headquarters - Rio de Janeiro City drop-off (12 kilometers)
The third day is the least demanding of the trekking. The trail runs for about 9 kilometers to the end of the trek. During the descent, cross two waterfalls where the highlight is the 16-meter-high Véu da Noiva of Teresopolis, which is dry at certain times of the year. Then, discover the beauty and charm of Teresópolis Park. At the end of the expedition, transfer back to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.