A walk across one of the most beautiful national parks. Rugged mountains, visuals, altitude, cold, some waterfalls and a portion of the Atlantic forest. A heavy walk, steep and with a few movements of climbing, in addition to the exposure in some parts. Cliffs of stone and the possibility of finding a lot of fog along the way. If you lose? It’s almost a constant, but the path is no longer worth it.
Are 36 km of the purest traditional trail – perhaps the most traditional of Brazil.Win this walk that separates the mountain towns of Petrópolis and Teresópolis,Rio de Janeiro State, is not easy even for the most experienced of hikers. Cross 8valleys, with steep climbs and descents, which require a good preparation. As if that wasn’t enough, the bag should be heavy–on average, 14 kg–and the gap towin is great. But nothing is impossible and it only takes a little bit of will and determination.
Now, just put the Backpack on his back and from (see Tips section on how to set up and adjust a backpack?). You choose where you want to start: Teresópolis orPetrópolis?
Petrópolis–traditional way, which starts in the Valley do Bonfim, in a region called Belts. After passing the entrance to the Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos and register, follow the river the trail to the right – if you get to the Bridal Veil Falls, go back, because the wrong trail. Climb up to the cheese and follow the trail opened that skirts the Hill to your front, leaving a deep valley on the right. You will soon come to a water spout known as Ajax – treat it as there are a lot of this water is polluted (in fact, as all the water of the crossing). The rise, from now on, it is even more steep and very sharp, finishing on top with some cliffs of stone, which leads to the castles of the Acu. Place for the first camp. The weather over herewill vary the rhythm of each one but, on average, with heavy backpack, you should take some 6 hours.
Second day – start early and stay tuned, from now on, any signage present on the trail. If the weather is good, guide, too, by visual (be sure to look at the way there on your front, where you must be going through in no time). Use the sensitivity, since the amount of marcos present in this excerpt makes many lost–not all signal the correct path! Follow this map and the valleys and hills which should pass: Morro do Marco, Paradise Valley, Dragon Hill, a small river, a jump in agrotto, the ascent in a grass of anta horrible (in these places, recently put two bridges, one with handrail and one of wood, and steps), always wet, very sharp and steep, some cliffs of stone to cross and the descent of a huge and very steep shore falling to the left to get to the Valley of the Antas, site of the second camp. The visual of this day is the most beautiful of all the crossing, with the Serra dos Órgãos and their gigantic walls if unveiling to your front. Try to identify eachtop, from left to right: Pedra do Sino, 2,262 m, the highest mountain of the Sierra; Demijohn; St. Peter; St. John; Santo Antônio; Fish head; Finger of God; Our Lady‘s finger and got beat up bad. In the foreground, Três Marias. Time up here, on average: 6-8 hours.
Third and final day – though relatively easy, you still have a good few kilometers to win. Start again, soon. Climb up the Hill on the right, if you’re back to the shore where it descended yesterday, across the River from the camp (there’s a bridge) and, soon after, crossing another River. Soon you will come to a stone known as the Whale since it seems the back of this mammal. Follow the trail and, soon,will be at the top of a mountain, with the gaping Bell to your front. Get off the mountain, toward the Bell but bypassing it gently to the right. A delicate point: to reach the Bell, you will have to go through a grotto that, although beautiful, requires some climbing moves. You can do without the cargo bag, however, which will facilitate – and – your life. On the other side of the grotto, the end of the technical part of the hike: the rise of the Bell. If the weather is good, enjoy the exhibition of this place, which is nothing more than a narrow passage found in the mountain allowing a walk of more enjoyable, with much use of his arms and hands. One or two bids-hike “up and over. The rest is just trail–and down! Don’t forget to leave your bags at the point where the trail of the ascent of the Bell is the other track and make a run to the Summit, since the crossing does not pass there.If you don’t want to descend straight towards the reconstructed Under 4, the interminable zig-zag of this beautiful trail in the Woods. The end is in a location known as dam. If you can get someone to come and get him, so much the better, since the descent of this point is boring and tiring, made by the cobbled road, to the entrance of the Park. There, on the road, bending to the right and walk overa dozen metres, you will arrive at the bus stop and you can get one to come down to the Rio de Janeiro–all stops on the road. The city of Teresópolis, however, is to the left. Time of the last day: about 7 hours.
Pros and cons–Açú bubbling is extremely demanding and tiring, and is already very eroded and worn. Rises more in this direction (the gap is larger). And some delicate points are made in an unfavourable situation, as the descent of the hill that leads to the Valley of the Antas. On the other hand, is the most beautiful view of the crossing, since the saw will be in front of you and not your back.
Teresópolis–start of input (seat) of the Park, almost at the entrance to the city. Climb the Bell trail and keep an eye on the detour to the right in one of the curves to the left, almost reaching the Ridge (about 10 or 15 minutes before him) – follow the wall, since you will be down close to it, that will be on your left. Get off the Bell, pass by and go up the Grotto wall to your front, falling a bit to the right –mark and will flag tracks the path. Descend towards the Whale stone and smallWoods right after her. existing You will begin to fall to the right, passing a river and another morrote before crossing a river (with a bridge), that will bring you into the camp in the Valley of the Antas. Time before here: about 7 to 8 hours.
Second day – the wall to your front, if you left the trail where arrived yesterday to your left, falling slightly to the right of it (on the left is a huge abyss!) and arriving at your peak. From now on, follow the mark–you will have a small descent and another stone forward to shore up, this too steep. The following is the descentof grass of anta, muddy, slippery, very sharp and bad, ending in a hole that should be transposed with a jump (recently added around steps and two bridges, one of wood and another with handrail). Follow the trail and soon will go througha Creek, up the other side of it and following the landmarks. Be very careful, since the amount of marcos in this excerpt does not always indicate the right direction … You should walk towards the next mountain, a little to your left, more towards the top but without him. This is the Hill of the Dragon and you’ll get it downthe other side – trail. Look for it, so that you will know which entered in the Woods in the correct location. The Woods will take you to a river and a camping siteknown as Paradise, a little after passing the river. If you have time to spare, you can try to get to the Acu. If you don’t want to mess and noise during the night, camp right here. Time before here: about 6 hours.
Third day–if you chose to stay in Paradise (which, incidentally, was a great option), you must leave early, because it still has some way to go. Go up to the Hill of Marco, get off it and go up the next slope, which will take you straight tothe Acu. From now on, is practically all downhill, but long and tiring, plus quite sharp and may sacrifice a little your knees (a walking stick falls right here). The stone of cheese is the sign that you’re entering the Valley of Bonfim. Before the end of the hike, be sure to take a shower in river that is to your right. But don’t forget to not use any SOAP or shampoo! Time before here: about 5 to 6 hours.
GPS (the degrees are in UTM):
• Park Gatehouse (Petrópolis)–23 K 0696819/7514508
• Fork Açú–Bridal Veil–0697976/7513904
• Cheese stone–0697747/7513586
• Ajax (water)–0697727/7512508
• Crest – 0698219/7512122
• Castles of Açú – 0699359/7512188 – alt. 2,165 m.
• Marco Hill – 0700049/7512609 – alt. 2,160 m.
• Water – 0700197/7512931
• Valley of Paradise – 0700200/7513028
• Dinosaur – 0700241/7513537 – alt. 2,225 m.
• Bridge built–0700939/7513759
• Crest – 0700897/7514103 – alt. 2,107 m.
• Valley of the Antas–0701406/7514436
• Whale stone – 0701890/7514459 – alt. 2,065 m.
• Death Valley – 0702497/7514801
• Bell/4 Shelter Stone – 0702918/7514922 – alt. 2,131 m.
• Cota 2000–0703711/7515308
• Shelter 3–0703832/7515779
• Waterfall – 0704280/7515753
• Dam – 0705734/7515817 – alt. 1,191 m.
Note: the GPS can give an error of a few meters. This variation depends on the device, among other things. Use common sense and is always keeping an eye on the map, checking and making sure of the places where you’re going through.
Map: sheet 1/50,000 of Itaipava.
Degree of difficulty: hardcore
Note: the degree of difficulty is defined by a simple scale with only three “types“of walking: light, heavy and semi-heavy industry. This degree, as any graduate, is subjective but takes into account the route, altitude gain in one day, the distance traveled etc. Remember that a walk can be heavy even being done in just one day. As well as can be mild, even being made in several short days and plans.
Pyotr–Terê with Trails Directions for being a & across more than one day, it is essential to consider in this script the weight that will be loaded during the walk. The Trails & Directions offers several cutting edge equipment with weight and volume are ideal for activities like this.
A good choice is the Bivak Aluminum tent. It accommodates a comfortably, withyour personal baggage, and has only 1.7 Kg! For two people the best alternative is Quota 2 tent, which weighs 3.3 Kg with your new model igloo format has two entries and frames marked with color system to facilitate mounting.
Other product indicated for the crossing is the Micro Feather sleeping bag, which has only 1 kg of weight and can handle temperatures up to 0ºc, enough for the climate of the Serra dos Órgãos. Loose-shell system, English name which means this bag does not have seams in front and behind, to prevent heat loss by microfuros made by sewing needles. And to the thermal insulation, a good alternative is oIsolante Matratze Light, it weighs only 300 g and features an aluminized face which must be placed in contact with the body, increasing the thermal protection.
In addition, it is worth remembering that the comfort of a hike of several days is directly linked to good quality cargo bag. After all, she’s going to be a big part of the day stuck on you. A good tip is to backpack CramponTech Tech 77, which features adjustable back height by the system Quik Fit System. The padding of the back is soft and designed to improve ventilation.
For those who carry only the minimum required, or intend to go accompanied by an ecotourism Agency, Crampon model Tech 48 is the perfect size. Both are very comfortable, come with built-in rain cover and have access by the Fund.
It is also recommended that you carry a first aid kit, as the SOS of the Trails, ideal for storing Courses & bandages, tape, bandages and medicines for emergencies.