Trekking in Brazil

While not famed for its trekking in the same sense as Bolivia and Peru, Brazil offers trekking enthusiasts some beautiful and challenging terrain. Brazil lacks the impressive magnitude of the Andes, but does offer climbs for all skill-levels in a wide variety of geographic locations.
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Brazil Beach Trek
As always, when planning a trek,
it is recommended to use a guide for anything challenging, especially for inexperienced trekkers. Safety and reputation should come first when choosing a guide and a company, and do not be afraid to ask for references.
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=> Always bring more food and water than you think you'll need, and never forget to apply sunblock before the start of any trek.

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Rio de Janeiro
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In Rio de Janeiro, as in many other locales, hiking excursions can often be combined with other types of outdoor/adventure sports. For example, head off on a four hour trip to Sugarloaf Mountain, and you'll be treated to an hour of rock climbing as well.  Or a 6 hour hike to Pedra da Gavea includes visits to a waterfall, and an ocean swim at the end. Rio offers numerous nearby mountains, most with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. If you're looking for something a bit lest strenuous, head out to the Tijuca Forest, which involves a much shorter ascent to the Pico de Tijuca. Rio Hiking comes highly recommended: Ask for guides Denise Werneck and Gabriel Barrouin by name. It's a little pricey, but they speak fluent English, and have a wealth of knowledge regarding the local terrain.

Rio Hiking
Tel: 9721 0594
www.riohiking.com.br

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Chapada Diamantina
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Bahia's Chapada Diamantina National Park is located about four-hundred kilometers west of the capital, Salvador, and has some of the best hiking in the country. Many of the trails are old miner's routes, and signage is often non-existent. Therefore, make sure to bring a map and a compass. Popular destinations (talk to a local guide) include the Serrano swimming holes, the Primavera Falls, Grizante Creek, and the Hartley natural pool. However, for the mother of all hikes, is the 25km trek between Lencois and Capao Valley. It's about eight hours, and offers some stunning scenery along the way. Two guide services come highly recommended: the ACVL (Associacao dos Conductores de Visitores no Lencois) and Roy Fuchs Specialized and Personalized Guide Services. Unfortunately, they do not have websites.

ACVL (Associacao dos Conductores de Visitores no Lencois)
Av. General Viveiros 61, across the river near the Cantos dos Aguas Hotel
Tel: 3334 1425

Roy Fuchs Specialized and Personalized Guide Services
Tel: 3334 1305

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Fernando do Noronha
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Fernando do Noronha, located a short plane right from Recife, in Northeastern Brazil, is one of the best hiking spots around. Largely located within the confines of a national park, note that you may be required to register with the tourism authority and bring a local guide. While the rule is only sporadically observed, enforcement is increasing. The Trilha do Capim-acu starts at the Dolphin Bay lookout area, and follows a 7km route through dense forest to the lighthouse on Ponta da Sapata. Or you can also head to the lighthouse, but hike along Praia do Leao itself. If you're up for a challenge head from the Enseada da Caieira, close to the port, down a couple of rocky trails to the Praia de Atalia. Ask for Fabio at Pirata Passeios if you're looking for an English-speaking guide.

Pirata Passeios
Pousada Aleffawi, BR-363, Vila do Boldro
Tel: 3619 1904
http://www.snsweb.com.br/pirata

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Ilha Grande
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Trekking in Rio

llha Grande, located some 100km west of the city of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the hottest ecotourism spots in Brazil. The classic hike, which follows a moderately challenging route, gains 1,080m over a 11km route. You start at Abrao and head up to Pico de Papagaio. The view from the peak is nothing short of breathtaking. Anyone with experience in climbing mountains wouldn't need a guide, but Phoenix Turismo comes highly recommended. If you're looking for something a little less strenuous, head from Abrao to the Lopes Mendes beach, or the Dois Rios beach, where you can see the quaint old prison. Both are intermediate hikes, about two hours each way.

Phoenix Turismo
Tel: 3361 5822
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