Itatiaia National Park

With a tag-line as the oldest national park in Brazil, Itataia is the old man of Brazil’s spectacular natural reserves. The sweeping ranges of Atlantic forest lead up to a beautiful Azul lake amidst craggy peaks towering skyward. The 5th highest mountain in Brazil, Pico das Aguilhas, can be found here, officially looming over hiking trails and avid bird-watchers since the earliest years of the twentieth century.
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Impressive rocks of Itatiaia National ParkCars can be hired upon arrival to take you as far as the roads can lead, right up the start of a collection of beginner-friendly and ambitiously advanced hiking trails. You don’t have to pay for the car. And you will be given you a badge that you need to return upon exiting the park to ensure that all visitors are accounted for.
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The longer hikes are not for the faint of heart, and require that you pack food, water, and other such hiking provisions for your night-time stay in the quiet cabins along these trails.
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Wildlife Itatiaia National ParkAlong the various hikes appear hidden waterfalls here and there, as well as one of the most tantalizing collections of avian species in the world, luring bird watchers all year round from every corner of the globe. Some stand-out locals include black and white Humming birds, Toucans, and Peach-fronted Conures. There are also 90 species of insects entirely native to Itataia apparently, if you’re into insects that is.
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Some people like to take a dip in the icy cold waters of the Maromba natural pool before continuing their 30 kilometer hike. Others are content with gazing at its eerily still green surface before returning to the cozy park restaurant back down the trail where they can buy a well-deserved all-you-can-eat feast for roughly R$40. The choice is yours.
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